What is a Vocation?
In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” So, in general terms your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life.
Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him. The difference is how each one does this.
Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious or a priest. However, we usually use “Vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or priestly life.
Why do we dedicate a special day to pray for Vocations?
The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfil the Lord's instruction to, "Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into His harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life.
2016 marks the 53rd Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations which will be celebrated on 16th & 17th of April in our parish.
KL Archdiocesan Vocation Hub? Here at the Good Shepherd Church, of course! As parishioners of Good Shepherd Church, Setapak we are proud to celebrate this mission in a very large scale. With the guidance and direction of our very own shepherd, Rev Fr Christopher Wilvaraj who is also the Archdiocesan Vocation Director, the PPC coined the idea of setting up a Vocation Hub in the Archdiocese. Under the leadership of Michael Yap, PPC Chairman, the BECCOT sprang to action to source for materials to create an exhibition displaying the various religious orders. It is hoped that this exhibition will assist young people to discern their calling to the priesthood, diaconate or consecrated life. The exhibition will be held at the church grounds from 8th to 17th April. Many interesting items are displayed with the most famous one being a live size cut-out of priests and nun, which was a hit with the kids and adults alike.
We hope that through this initiative God may give youngsters the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church and for the gift of courage to follow His call. For nine days preceding Vocation Sunday, the faithful will gather to pray for young people that they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts to His calling.
Have you prayed for Vocation?
The Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
• Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
• Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.
• Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
• Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”
“Every aspect of priestly formation can be referred to Mary, the human being who has responded better than any other to God’s call. Mary became both the servant and the disciple of the Word to the point of conceiving, in her heart and in her flesh, the Word made man, so as to give him to mankind. Mary was called to educate the one Eternal Priest, who became docile and subject to her motherly authority. With her example and intercession the Blessed Virgin keeps vigilant watch over the growth of vocations and priestly life in the Church.”
St John Paul II
Click HERE For Exhibition Album