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Your Family
"The family remains the primary community for the transmission of the Christian faith. It can be seen everywhere that many priestly vocations are born in families where the example of a Christian life in keeping with its calling and the practice of the evangelical virtues give rise to the desire for complete self-giving. Care for vocations presupposes, in reality, a strong family pastoral ministry."
(Congregation for Catholic Education: Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations, 
Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry, 2012)

A Parent's Story...

"I think that religious vocations should be celebrated by respective faith communities as a precious gift that needs to be allowed to flourish rather than this sense of apprehension and foreboding that accompanies… for example, when a young man says to his parents “I have met this wonderful lady and I’m going to marry her”, the parents would be overjoyed.

The vocation of marriage is a wonderful and beautiful vocation and it comes from God.

But if someone were to go to their mum or dad and say, “I think I’m being called to be a priest”, their first reaction would most probably be something like “have you really thought about this?” It always lands like a thunderbolt from a clear, blue sky. It shocks and is questioned."
(Perth Vocations Director Fr Jean-Noel Marie)

A Family Prayer for Vocations

"Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives." (Pope Benedict, 2008)
Loving God, each member of our family is a special gift from You.
You have given each of us gifts and talents so that we may enjoy life but also so we can share with others.
Generous and loving people are needed for service and leadership in our Church.
Help us to know how to encourage and support each other so that we can respond generously to this need.
We know that You will be with us, invite us to become the kind of people You desire us to be.
Help us to trust in You and in each other. Amen.