Vocations Sunday

“Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,

so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before.”

- From the Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 fulfil Jesus' instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers 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.

The Diocesan Vocations Office produces materials for our parishes, schools and universities to mark this day. Physical copies of posters and prayer cards are sent to parishes and schools in the diocese and digital copies can be downloaded below.

Prayer for Vocations Sunday 2020 

Heavenly Father, 

we thank you for the witness and ministry 

of the bishops, priests and deacons 

and consecrated men and women 

in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. 

Continue to send labourers into your harvest. 

Inspire the hearts of your people 

to answer your call to the priesthood, the diaconate 

and to the religious life. 

Bless our families 

with a spirit of generosity 

and may those you call have the courage 

to give themselves to your Church in faith. 

Send your Holy Spirit upon me 

to guide me in my own vocation. 

Enlighten my mind to show me what you want of me; 

fill my heart with the determination 

to answer your call in faith, hope and love. 

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Amen.

Vocations Sunday 2021 will be marked on 25th April.

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Key documents
Pope Francis' Letter for Vocations Sunday 2020

The official text, presented for easy printing.

Pope Francis' Letter Adapted for Young People

To share with the family, in schools and with youth groups.

Biblical Texts

The Gospel referred to in Pope Francis' letter.

Schools' Resources
Assembly Powerpoint

To share with young people.

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“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” 

- St. Catherine of Siena

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