Good Shepherd Sunday reminds us of the urgent need to pray for vocations particularly to the Priesthood, so we may have enough Priests to be shepherds following Our Lord.
The need is great and the Lord’s request is urgent. “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to provide shepherds for his people.” Good Shepherd Sunday is not a one off opportunity to pray and promote vocations for the Priesthood, but it is a reminder that fostering and praying for vocations to the Priesthood is an ordinary part of parish and family life.
The Priesthood is too important to leave to chance. It is central to our faith as Catholics, and a continuous reminder that we all have a responsibility for promoting vocations particularly to the Priesthood. We need to pray for the family, the parish, the schools and colleges, the seed bed for fostering and promoting vocations to the Priesthood, for the present and future.
We continue to pray that the “Lord of the harvest” will provide more vocations for our diocese, for New Zealand and for the world. We pray that men who are discerning their vocations will have the courage to say “Yes” and we especially pray for our seminarians as they journey towards the Priesthood, discerning God’s will for them.
Thank you for your assistance, for your continuous prayer for vocations and your generosity towards the Seminary Appeal.
Kind regards and God bless
Fr Eamon Kennedy
16th April 2013