“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Every month at Saint Timothy’s, as we close the prayers of the faithful, we follow the Lord’s command by praying for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. We have been blessed by having priests and sisters from our parish and we now have three seminarians and one young woman discerning a call to priesthood or religious life. This is a tremendous response from a parish our size and is a testament to your faith and prayers. We can see some of the fruits of your prayers.
This Tuesday, we have a special opportunity to respond to the Lord’s call to pray. The Vocations Office for the Archdiocese has chosen Saint Timothy’s as one of the churches to host a special holy hour for vocations. Come to the main church at 7:00 PM for an hour of prayer before the Eucharist. There will be pamphlets that include all of the prayers that we will say together so you can follow along. It would be great to see a strong response to this call to prayer for these vocations. While there will be some special meditations focused on vocations, it will primarily be a time for us to come together to pray in silence before the Lord. Whatever our call from the Lord, when we respond whole-heartedly, the Church and the world is profoundly blessed. At times, the vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life might not be the first thought that people have and, at first, it might be threatening or frightening. The Vocations Office is asking that we come together to pray for a generous and courageous response to serve the Lord in this way. To that end and others, I’d invite you to come this Tuesday to pray for vocations in the main church at 7:00, praying in a special way for our own seminarians and those from our parish. God bless.