Holy Hour for Vocations at
St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Members of the Parish Vocations Committee will commemorate World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Sunday, April 22 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is so important because it is a response to the call from Our Lord to pray to the Master of the harvest to send laborers to the harvest,” said Father Kevin A. Cook, director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Fall River Diocese. “In this holy hour we will be praying for all vocations, (because) every vocation is crucial in the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

“The future of the Church is dependent on more and more people listening to the Lord and saying ‘yes’ to His calling, because if we are not seeking to do God’s particular will for ourselves, then the harvest will decline and not bear the fruit God desires it to bear.”

New members who have received preliminary orientation on the subject of vocation promotion will also be commissioned at a special Holy Hour, to be held at 3 p.m. with Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.

 “The holy hour is going to be preached by Deacon Daniel Nunes, who is currently serving at Holy Name Parish in Fall River and is one of three (transitional deacons) who will be ordained a priest on June 9,” Father Cook said. “So this will be a great opportunity to pray and build up the faithful as they are celebrating this new life in Christ.”  

“I believe whatever one asks of the Lord, He will give,” said Sister Paulina Hurtado, O.P., associate director of Vocations for the diocese. “In terms of vocations not only are we answering our own calling, we are also asking Him to call more people to follow Him and do His work.”

The day will include Spiritual and practical sharing on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the theme of young people — in particular, the relationship between young people, faith and vocation — as initiated by Pope Francis. There will be a question-and-answer session on the advancement of vocation promotion with the parish and for camaraderie over a light lunch.

The day will close with the aforementioned Holy Hour, during which new members (who have attended two initial orientation sessions) will be commissioned by Bishop da Cunha to the Ministry of Vocation Promotion.

All are welcome to attend the 3 p.m. Holy Hour. Participation in the workshop earlier that day is not required.

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