Sunday, April 13, 2008

Vocations Sunday

Please keep all Seminarians in your prayers today. Please also pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

A number of our brethren are out in parishes today in order to encourage vocations in young men. If you have a visiting Seminarian make him feel welcome and assure him of your prayers. If you feel you have a vocation to the priesthood let him know and he will help you to take the first step. If you are a young man who thinks he may have a vocation to the priesthood and a Seminarian is not at your parish today speak to your parish priest who should put you in touch with your Vocations Director. If you know of someone who has hinted to you that he may like to be a priest let us know and we will try to find out who his Vocations Director is.

A couple of us were in Westminster Cathedral yesterday for various reasons and as soon as you walk in you see a sign by the Holy Water stoop saying, 'It costs £50 a day to train a priest, please help in any way you can'. We felt horribly guilty and hoped no one in the cathedral knew we were Seminarians, then we came to realise just how much the Diocese invests in us because £50 a day will only pay for our tuition fees, with grants and extra expenses it is so much more than that. Every Diocese in England and Wales, and no doubt in other Sees, needs donations for priestly training, please give generously to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund at Mass today.

But whatever you do prayer is the most important thing.

God Bless you all and thank you for your support,

The Seminarians

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