30. Apr, 2017

Good Shepherd Sunday

The 4th Sunday of Easter is the both Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  On this day we publically fulfil the Lord's instruction to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, religious life, and other forms of consecrated service.


Prayer for Vocations

Almighty and eternal God, in your unfailing love you never fail to provide ministers for your Church.

We pray for those whom you call to serve the Church in Perth as priests and religious. Grant them courage, and inspire in them a generous response to your call.

Send forth workers into your harvest, so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer of the Faithful – Vocations Petitions

For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Archdiocese of Perth, we pray to the Lord.

For all parents, who by their prayer and example nourish the call of God in their children, we pray to the Lord.

For our recently ordained priests, that they may be sustained in their priestly ministry by the Lord’s grace and by the prayers of his people, we pray to the Lord.

For all our seminarians and those in religious formation, that they may persevere in their preparation for ministry, and that their families will be blessed, we pray to the Lord.

That the priests of our archdiocese, through their promises of celibacy and obedience, and in their lives of service, may present a strong model of the priesthood today, we pray to the Lord.

For all the religious sisters, brothers and priests of our archdiocese, that they may be blessed in their life of consecration to the Lord and to his Church, we pray to the Lord.

That all permanent deacons, and their families, will be blessed for their gift of generous service to the People of God, we pray to the Lord.

For our parish, that we continue to actively invite men and women in our midst to share their gifts and lives with our Church, we pray to the Lord.

For all who support the work of vocation promotion through their prayers, suffering, and good works, we pray to the Lord.

For all priests and Religious who celebrate jubilees this year, that God will bless them graciously, we pray to the Lord.

That God’s love might inspire all Christians to follow Christ’s footsteps more closely, we pray to the Lord.