The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday, and is marked as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of this day is to fulfill Jesus’ instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates her attention on raising up shepherds for God’s people – vocations to Holy Orders (the priesthood and diaconate) and to the religious life; while encouraging all who are discerning their vocation to pray more earnestly that they may hear and respond to God’s call. Some children share their understanding of Vocations Sunday with BETTY AMUKPO.
‘I will promote Vocation Sunday by preaching the word of God’
Vocation Sunday also known as the Good Shepherd Sunday occurs three weeks after Easter. I will promote Vocation Sunday by praying to God and preaching the word of God. Also “praying to the Lord of harvest to send labourers into the field” as stated in Matthew 9:38”. Also praying that God should touch the hearts of those he choose to respond to his call for religious life, for instance, priesthood and religious orders. I will also ask God to bless our families with the spirit of generosity so that those whom God calls will have the courage to give themselves to the Church in faith. I will also pray that God will show me my own vocation and way to go about it for the glory of God and service to mankind.
• Anyasor Chibuike
‘The Good Shepherd Sunday is when the Catholic Church celebrates vocation’
The Good Shepherd Sunday is when the Catholic Church celebrates vocation. There are three types of vocations, single, married and consecrated life. To promote vocation, I will pray for an increase in vocation to consecrated life; encourage and teach young children early to consider a vocation to the Priesthood or Consecrated life.
• Olujaye Mathias
‘Vocation Sunday is the time when we talk about how God calls each of us to follow Him’
Vocation Sunday is the time when we talk about how God calls each of us to follow Him, serve and witness Him to our neighbours and everyone around us. I will promote this by the Godly way I live my life, my actions and words. Dressing in a modest way and preaching to people about God our saviour.
• Victoria Okefe
‘Vocation Sunday is a day the Catholic Church celebrates those called to the various vocations’
Vocation Sunday is a day the Catholic Church celebrates those called to the various vocation. It is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It was instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1964. The three types of vocations are: – Single life – Married life – Religious life I will promote vocation by informing the people about vocations and talk to parents to encourage their children to freely accept their call to vocation such as religious life.
• Ebubechukwu Chinedu
‘Vocation is God’s way of continuing the Apostolate Mission in the Church’
Vocation Sunday was established by Pope Paul Vl. On that day the Church celebrates people with different callings like Religious, Consecrated and Married life. Vocation is God’s way of continuing the Apostolate Mission in the Church. To promote vocation, families should pray about it. Priests should talk about it regularly during Mass and children should participate in Church activities always.
• Mercy Chibueze
‘Priests should talk of vocation more regularly in their various encounters with the lay faithful’
To promote vocation, Animators and Catechists can tell stories about benefits of different vocations to children to ignite their interest. Also Priests should talk of vocation more regularly in their various encounter with the lay faithful.
• Amah Anita