The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday, and is marked as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

This year, 2021, Vocations Sunday will take place on Sunday 25 April.

The Diocesan Vocations Office has produced a wealth of material for parishes, schools and universities to mark this day.

The annual Clergy Training Fund (CTF) collection will also take place this Sunday.

This summer we are looking forward to the diaconal ordination of two seminarians, Toby Duckworth and Steven Fleming. Please keep them in your prayers.

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Prayer for Vocations Sunday

God our Father,

you call each of us to follow Jesus, your Son,

on the path he has marked out for us -

the way of charity, service and fulfilment.

May the homes and parishes

of the Archdiocese of Birmingham

be blessed with ever-renewed dedication

to the work of building up your kingdom here on earth.

May those whom you call

to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life

faithfully give themselves

to the service of your Church.

Prompted and strengthened by your Holy Spirit,

may I respond generously to the call

to follow you each day and live out my vocation,

to give you glory, for the good of those around me

and for my own happiness.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.