Vocations...What is God calling you to do!
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES AND VOCATIONS
God our Father, in baptism you called me by name and made me a member of your people, the Church. I praise you for your goodness, I thank you for for gifts. Father, bless your Church with love.
Raise up in Jamaica good and holy families, loving husbands, wives and devoted parents and children.
Raise up from our families and friends dedicated and generous leaders who will serve as sisters, priests, brothers, deacons and lay ministers.
Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen me that I may serve your people following the example of your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name I offer this prayer
A vocation is a "call" by God to an individual to the married, single, religious or ordained life. It is necessary to discover God's call through personal prayer and spiritual direction.
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“Since God created man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves [all people]. It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1604]
The vocation to marriage is a call and gift from God to a life of holiness and service in the world. Christian couples are called to follow Jesus' teachings expounded through the Church. It invites and challenges them to live out their lives together in ways that express God’s love and truth to the world, since marriage should be a reflection of God's relationship with His Church.
The call to live the single life is an adventure to make the Holy Spirit the believer's exclusive other so that one can give oneself fully to the service of God's kingdom and His Church. Paul exorts the unmarried to remain in that state so that one can be more available to God [1 Cor. 7:8].
Persons God has called to live a single life often work full-time helping to make God present in the world dedicating their time, gifts and resources to Church and to their communities. They are generally people of prayer who know the truth that a prayerful intimate relationship with God can be a fountain of grace to accomplish all that they are called to do.
Ordination is the ceremony in which a man becomes a deacon, priest, or bishop and is empowered to minister in Christ's name and that of the Church. There are three ordinations in the Sacrament of Holy Orders: Deaconate; Priesthood; and Bishop.
Becoming a priest or religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call of love.
—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013
A Deacon is a man who is an ordained minister in the Catholic Church and represents the first level of clergy. His Diaconate can be permanent or transitory, the latter being the final step before becoming a Priest. The Deacon primarily assists the parish Priest in the Liturgical celebrations, and may be appointed as an administrator of a Parish while is expected to participate in the ministries of the Church.
A Priest is an ordained minister in the Catholic Church who acts as Pastor and Shepherd in the name of Jesus Christ. The Priest can be Diocesan (attached to a Diocese) or belongs to a Religious Community. He is called to preach and proclaim the Good News and teach the Catholic faith. He has the privilege of being able to minister the Sacraments of the Church. He lives a life dedicated to prayer and deepening his relationship with God, while implementing programmes for the spiritual formation and growth of the people under his care.
A religious can be a Sister, Brother, Deacon or Priest.
A Sister or Brother is one who lives out one's baptismal call to discipleship by joining a particular Religious Community through the profession of religious vows, and in the light of its special spirit or charism. She or he lives a life dedicated to prayer and uses all gifts for the love and service of God’s people in and through the community.
The Religious Deacon or Priest utilizes the grace of his ordination and personal gifts to enhance the life of the community and its mandate to serve others.