First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2023
In our first reading the Prophet Isaiah tells us “
And yet, Lord,
you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the
work of your hand.” We pray that those whom the Lord is
calling to serve as a priest, deacon or religious will discern to
submit their lives into the hand of the Lord, that like clay in the
potter’s hand, God will form them into worthy ministers of his
Second Sunday of Advent – December 10, 2023
In our Gospel today, we hear how St. John the Baptist was
called to be a messenger, “ a voice that cries in the wilderness ”.
We pray for those whom the Lord is calling to be his voice,
serving as a priest, deacon or religious, that they will hear his
call and have the courage to answer.
Third Sunday of Advent – December 17, 2023
In today’s letter from St. Paul to the church in Thessalonica, St.
Paul encourages them to pray constantly and assures them;
God has called you and he will not fail you ..” We pray for
those whom God is calling to live their lives in service of the
Gospel as a priest, deacon or religious, that they may hear
God’s call in their hearts and know that God will not fail them.
Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 24, 2023
We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, the
Diaconate and Religious life. We hear in today’s Gospel, that
Mary, despite being deeply disturbed she responded in trust
by responding “Let what you have said be done unto me” We
pray that those who are being called by God may have the same
trust as Mary and respond to God’s call Let what you have
said be done to me.