Vocations Awareness Week
From November 5-11, the nation and our diocese will once again celebrate Vocations Awareness Week. The theme of our diocesan celebration this year is “Ask the Lord of the Harvest.”
In the Gospels Jesus reminds us that prayer is the source of vocations in the Church. The harvest is abundant and the laborers are few, but we do not first need to work harder, we need to stop what we’re doing and ask for more laborers.
In this time of excitement about the renewed commitment to vocations in our diocese, we need to remember that, while our hard work for vocations is necessary, it is not sufficient or even effective without prayer. So please use the upcoming Vocations Awareness Week to recommit yourselves and your parishes and schools to praying for vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate, and religious life here in the Diocese of Manchester.
Three things you can do now to support vocations.
Identify a few young or older people in your parish that you think may have a vocation in the Church, and commit to praying for them by name every day throughout Vocations Awareness Week. Perhaps you could drop them a note or mention in person that you are praying for them and whatever vocation the Lord is calling them to.
Continue to pray for our current seminarians.
Consider using these resources from Vianney Vocations on behalf of vocations for our diocese.
May the Lord of the harvest continue to send out laborers here in the mission fields of New Hampshire!
Fr. Matthew Mason
PS - Here's another resource you may find helpful - Vocation Awareness Week Curriculum