Celebrating Vocations Sunday 2024

5 Ways to Celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday (Vocations Sunday)

Monday, April 15, 2024

5 Ways to Celebrate Vocations Sunday 2024

1. Join the Day of Prayer for Vocations

What: A day of Prayer for Vocations as part of the Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage
Where: Walsingham, Norfolk
When: Saturday 15th June
Book through your local parish or come with friends/family

2. Read Pope Francis's Message and Reflect on the words of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

The Pope releases a message every year, this year the theme of “Called to sow seeds of hope and to build peace”. Read it here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/papal-message-for-vocations-sunday-2024-called-to-sow-seeds-of-hope-and-to-build-peace.

Chair of the National Office for Vocation, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, has affirmed the value of being a good listener in order to hear God’s call to holiness in a message for Vocations Sunday. Read it here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/archbishop-the-world-is-very-noisy-but-we-must-listen-for-gods-call/

3. The Conversation

What: Panel guests discuss how they live out their vocation and the work they carry out in the Church.
Where: Online via Zoom
When: Wednesday 17 April, 7:30pm
Tickets: Book here (Free event – only open to those residing in the United Kingdom).

4. Check out ukvocation.org

Have a look at the resources and downloadables at https://www.ukvocation.org. Lots of free, beautiful, downloadable prayer cards!

5. Read about some of our diocesan priestly vocation stories:

Fr Lim Gamsi: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/fr-lims-story

Fr Neil Peoples: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/fr-neils-story

Canon Chris Thomas www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/fr-chris-story

Canon Jonathan Cotton: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/fr-jonathans-story

Canon John Kyne: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/fr-johns-story

6. (BONUS!) Ask someone about their vocation!

Asking about others' vocations can be a handy tool for discernment, helping both parties! Why not sensitively ask someone you know about their vocation or discernment journey?

Vocations Sunday Prayer

God our Loving Father,

you called each of us by name through the Sacrament of Baptism to holiness.

Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, you made us the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Help us to listen to the cry of our Lord Jesus from the Holy Cross ‘I thirst’

and respond to the call

‘Go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news to all the nations’.

Guide us in every step we take in life

and lead us in every decision we make in responding to your call.

Make us and mould us into the living images of Christ your Son,

who was always close to those in need.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord,


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