As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are all called to pray for an increase in vocations. This includes vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate, Religious life, Married or Single life. At the Welcome Table in the rear of the church, you can sign up in the notebook individual/family, to pray for vocations. Before the conclusion of each weekend liturgy, the celebrant will ask that person(s) to come forward to receive a parish vocation cross as a reminder to pray daily that week for vocations. The vocation prayer is secured to the cross and you are reminded to return the cross when you attend the following weekend for Mass.
Currently we are also recording a video of the vocation prayer that can be seen on the St. Patrick website (stpatshub.org). Deacon Michael asks individuals to pray the Vocation Prayer for our parish website.
Here are a few suggested prayers:
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
O Father, You desire all of us to be happy. Stir up the grace of a religious vocation in the hearts of many men and women. Grant to them the willingness and generosity to give of themselves, their lives, their time and their talents to the service of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, and to His Holy Church.
May more men and women go forth as priests, deacons, brothers and sisters to bring the truths of our Catholic faith to all others so that soon they, too, may know You better and love You more…and serving You, be truly happy. Amen.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Hail Mary, full of grace; all generations call you blessed. Hail Mother of God; when asked by the angel to bear the Son of the Most High, filled with faith, you responded: “Let it be done unto me.”
Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana, you prompted your Son to perform His first sign. Be with us as we discern our life’s work and guide us in the way we are called to follow in the footsteps of your Son.
Holy Mother of the Savior, at the foot of the cross you mourned the death of your only Son. Bless and embrace the loving parents of all priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd, turn your motherly care to this nation. Intercede for us to the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers to the harvest in this land dedicated to your honor.
Queen of Peace, Mirror of Justice, Health of the Sick, inspire vocations in our time. Let the word of your Son be made flesh anew in the lives of persons anxious to proclaim the good news of everlasting life. Amen.