“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9: 37-38
The prayers of many people made it possible for me to answer the call to ordained ministry; your sacrifices have, in different ways, made it possible for me to make the sacrifices necessary to complete my formation and study; your prayers have kept me steady when moments of doubt and discouragement arose; your prayers have made it possible for me to be a priest for the Lord and his Church in this place.
With this in mind, I invite all the faithful to pray to the Lord to give courage to young people to respond generously to the call to priesthood and religious life. This is a responsibility for all the faithful as well. In this present age, many of us are afraid of commitment. It is even harder when it comes to vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
We can be reminded that the family is the domestic church therefore it plays an important part in forming and encouraging our young people to follow vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
As Pope St John Paull II wrote in his message on the XXXI world day of prayer for vocations: ‘the family can be considered a “garden” or a “first seminary” in which the seeds of vocation, which God sows generously, are able to blossom and grow to full maturity’.
I appeal to young men and women, do not be afraid to choose the vocation of priesthood or religious life. I do not say it is an easy journey, but I guarantee it is a journey full of peace and joy.
Fr Trung Nguyen
Island Bay Churches in conjunction with the RSA.
Morning tea at the Baptist church afterwards.
Lest we forget
You are invited to come to a Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Included in the hour will be hymns, prayers, scripture reading and silence, concluding with Benediction.
All are welcome.
XLT Youth Worship Night is back!
Celebrate the Easter season by coming along to the first XLT (eXaLT) worship night of the year!
XLT is a night of fellowship, prayer, food, live praise & worship, Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, all centered around a theme and aimed at Year 9-13 students (but open to young and old alike!).
(Search XLT April on Facebook for more details!)
Celebrant: Mgsr Gerard Burns
A contribution to the Archdiocesan celebrations of the Year of St Joseph from the Ecology, Justice and Peace Commission.
Participants are also invited to a discussion on work experiences and Catholic social teaching on workers’ rights and unions following the Mass from 10-11am, followed by a shared meal.
Te Wa Rangimarie O Hato Ani (St Annes Place of Peace) – Autumn working Bee
We would love your help in the garden (between St Anne’s Church and Daniell St).
We will postpone if wet. For more info please contact Maria 027 780 8236.