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On this, the Fourth Sunday of Easter we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Today, throughout the world, the Church is praying that those who are called by God to enter the priesthood, the diaconate or the religious life, will respond with courage and generosity.

It is a call to service of God’s people and brings graces and rewards beyond measure. It is a life of challenge, often in direct contrast to the contemporary ways of thinking about freedom and choice, particularly in the Western world. Please pray for anyone who may be contemplating making this radical choice, as well as offering a prayer for those who have already chosen the path.

On Good Shepherd Sunday, today 26 April, we will celebrate a holy hour before Christ in the eucharist praying for vocations. 6.00pm Church of Our Lady and St Patrick Teignmouth.

We also remember those who are called by God to the vocations of marriage and the single life and pray that they will know the consolation of the presence of Christ alongside them.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about vocations visit the website of the National Vocations Office where you will find interesting and thought provoking stories of personal vocation as well as lots of information about what to do next. www.ukvocation.org

For a ‘good news’ story from the BBC about the increase in the number of women entering religious life in this country click here.