Vocation Week Prayers
October 30, 2018
RE: Vocations Week and Prayers for conversion of souls
“I love you, Lord, my strength.” This is a profound and beautiful response that the psalmist’s response in our reading for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is also the time for Vocation awareness week in which we are called to recall the great love that God has for us and the love that we have for Him. We are called in love to serve Him and His Church. In truth, we were created to receive God’s love and to share that with the entire world in which we live. It is this love that enables us to respond to the Lord’s call to serve Him whether we are married, single, or whether some men are called to priesthood or the religious life. We are called this week to reflect upon this deep mystery of God’s love and strive to live out our vocation and encourage others to also live out their vocations with gratitude and love in which the Lord has given to us all. May we as a parish family work collaboratively to call our young to consider a Vocation to the priesthood and religious life and at the same time, strive to form holy and good marriages which fosters this great service of love to our parish community and ultimately to the world!
I would like to take this time to thank our parish Knights of Columbus and our Catholic Daughters of America for cooking breakfasts and making dinners for the seven young men who attended our Vocation Discernment week last weekend here in our parish hall. You all made the retreat run smoothly with the service of great food and the TLC used in the preparation of the meals! The young men raved about the food, the hall, and the overall environment here at St. Helen of the Cross. Thank you all very much for all that you do on behalf of the Lord and on behalf of our parish community of St. Helen of the Cross!
On another spiritual front, we can see that the current state of affairs in our country and the world in which we live, is in terrible disarray with so much war, anger, bigotry, and hatred on all levels. These events can seem so overwhelming and can cause all kinds of stress that we can seem lost, paralyzed, and even depressed at all the negative and dark events we see taking place world-wide in our modern times. It would seem that our modern approaches are not working and so I believe that as your Pastor, we need to use some ancient wisdom of our past to assist us to heal the ills of our modern world of today.
We as a parish community will initiate prayers at the foot of the altar after Mass. The purpose is for the conversion of souls world-wide and the protection of our families from the evils of the world, we live in. These prayers that we will be saying after all Masses are the Leonine prayers created by Pope Leo XIII who recognized that the influences of the devil were very real and had manifested a great attack against the Church that Jesus Christ Himself founded.
The prayer formats are in your pews and hopefully this will not extend our Mass too long. Thank you in advance and let’s continue to pray one for another! God bless and keep you always! Peace and all good!
Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Alonzo M. Garcia, Pastor