Saturday, July 22, 2006

Thank You, Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen

I've already mentioned the article on vocations in the Italian newspaper Avvenire, which found that some 70% of those who considered a vocation but gave up before doing anything about it mentioned that they had no one to guide them.
All priests have a role in promoting priestly vocations. Sometimes it is simply the joy we exude in our priestly ministry, or the attention that we pay to people which will give them the confidence to approach us. In our parishes we can speak positively about the gift of oneself - especially one's youth - to Christ. We can also organise times of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration at which the faithful are encouraged to pray for vocations.
Many parishes these days havew a website. Fr Tim Finigan's site at Our Lady of the Rosary in Blackfen has won a number of web-awards. He has now added a vocations page with some excellent advice for any young man who may be thinking of the priesthood. It is well worth a visit and is a good model for other parishes to take up.

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