Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day! Happy Good Shepherd's Sunday and World Day Prayer for Vocations

Happy Mother's Day to our wonderful and dedicated Spiritual Moms!  We hope you have a very wonderful day.  Your spiritual sons are very blessed to covered under our Lady's motherly mantle and your loving spiritual care.

Today is also Good Shepherd's Sunday and we pray for all our spiritual sons, all our priests, all seminarians, specifically those in our own diocese of Honolulu, our bishops, especially bishop Larry, our Holy Father Pope Francis and our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

And, on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, please pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Diocese of Honolulu Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father,
your divine Son taught us
to pray to the Lord of the harvest
to send laborers into His vineyard.

We earnestly beg you
to bless our Diocese and our world
with many priests and religious
who will love you fervently and gladly
and courageously spend their lives
in service to your Son's Church,
especially the poor and the needy.

Bless our families and our children,
and choose from our homes those who you desire for this holy work.

Teach them to respond generously
and keep them ever faithful
in following your Son Jesus Christ,
that under the guidance of the Holy
and with the inspiration of
Blessed Damien and Blessed Marianne
the Good News of redemption
may be brought to all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.