Vocation Themed Intercessions for Sundays of October

    Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd October

    Our response to the psalm today is “Oh that today you would listen to his voice!
    Harden not your hearts”. We pray that those whom the Lord calls to follow
    him, as a priest, deacon or religious, may make space today to listen with their
    hearts to the voice of the Lord. St. Paul in our reading reminds us to “fan into a
    flame the gift God has given us” We pray that those who are being called to a
    vocation will respond with generosity.

    Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th October

    In our Gospel today Jesus highlights the gratitude of the lepper who was healed
    and the ingratitude of the other nine leppers. We pray that we will be grateful
    to God for those who minister to us as priests, deacons and religious, and that
    we will encourage and support those who are discerning a vocation to serve as
    a priest, deacon or religious to respond to the Lord’s call.

    Twenty-nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th October

    St. Paul reminds Timothy to keep to what he has been taught and know to be
    true and encourages him to “proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome,
    insist on it”. We pray for those in formation for ministry and those discerning a
    vocation to serve as a priest, deacon or religious, that they will be guided to
    proclaim the Gospel message.

    In our Gospel parable, Jesus shows that the widow was granted her request
    because of her persistence in pestering the judge. May we pray with the same
    persistence in asking the Lord of the Harvest to send priests, deacons and
    religious.

    Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23rd October

    In our second reading, St. Paul near the ned of his life tells Timothy that his life
    has been poured out in service, that he has run the race to the end and kept
    the faith. We pray that those who are discerning a call to serve as priests,
    deacons or religious will be encouraged and supported to run the race to the
    end.

    Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30th October

    Addressing the church community in Thessalonica, St Paul writes “We pray
    continually that our God will make you worthy of his call!” We pray for an
    increase in vocations to the priesthood, the Diaconate and Consecrated life and
    that all who are called by the Lord to follow him will be worthy of his call.