This Sunday -- commonly k nown as Good Shepherd Sunday -- is the 50th World Day of Prayer for vocations. The theme, "Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith" underscorees the hope that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life bring to the entire Catholic Church.
"The Church's basic mission is to preach the Gospel and help build a civilization of love in our world today," said St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. "We need good, holy priests and dedicated men and women committed to the consecrated life to help build the Kingdom of God here and now. Therefore, we want a stronger culture of vocations in our own nation to help each Catholic realize that we all have a responsibility to invite young people to consider if God is calling them to the priesthood or consecrated life."
Have you been thinking about a vocation to the priesthood? Contact Father Joe Pins at 515-237-5050.