The Fourth Sunday of Easter is popularly known as Good Shepherd Sunday since one of the passages in which Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd from the Gospel of John, chapter 10 is proclaimed. As well, the beloved and best known of all in the Book of Psalms – Psalm 23 – is used as the Responsorial Psalm.
As we so often experience those in ordained ministry as shepherds, Pope Saint Paul VI first announced the World Day of Prayer for Vocations in 1963. Pope Francis, in the annual papal message for this day, writes:
Dear friends, on this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find the courage to say ‘yes’ to God….
Our parish has been blessed with several men who have in one way or another discerned a call to priesthood. At present, we have three in seminary formation – Filippo Schiavo, Derek Ferguson and Sean Ferguson. Please keep them in your prayers as you also pray that more young people will answer God’s call to service as priests and deacons as well as in consecrated religious life.