World Day of Prayer
This Sunday (April 26th) is
officially the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
This special day has been set aside for 52 years for all
Catholics to specifically offer prayers for those called
to the various vocations in the Church, especially the
call to religious life and diocesan priesthood.
Pope Francis relates the positive response to God’s call
in one’s life to an exodus – a “transcending” of
personal desires and comforts in order to follow Christ
more fully. This Sunday all Catholics can use this
special day as a time to renew our efforts to create
environments in our churches, our communities and our
homes that encourage and support those who have chosen
to pursue a life dedicated to the Lord as clergy and
religious. The United States Office of Catholic
Bishops offers information, suggestions and prayers for
the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on their website (www.usccb.org ).
Along with a prayerful emphasis on vocations during the
Liturgy, the Mass will be offered for the Holy Spirit’s
wisdom and courage for all who are discerning and
responding to the call to serve God through his Church
as priests and religious.