November 4-10 is Vocations Awareness Week. We are all called to discipleship by virtue of our baptism. Our baptismal call then flowers into a specific vocation by which we grow in holiness. For many this flowering of the baptismal call will lead to the beautiful vocation of married life. As Jesus tells us in the Gospels, it is God’s plan for a man to leave his mother and father and to be joined to his wife in a union that reflects the faithful love of God for us. God’s love is unconditional, permanent and life-giving. Let us pray for all married couples and for all of our parish sons and daughters who are preparing to enter into sacramental marriage.
For some, however, the flowering of the baptismal call will lead to religious life or to the priesthood. Like the vocation to married life, the call to religious life and the priesthood is rooted in love. The consecrated religious and the priest are called to witness to the universal nature of God’s love. The consecrated religious becomes a ‘sister’ or ‘brother’ to all people and the priest becomes the ‘father’ not of a single family, but to the entire family of God. Let us pray for the gift of vocations to the religious life and the priesthood from our parish community of Christ the King.
Let us also pray in a special way for the seminarians that we are privileged to have associated with us at Christ the King. We remember Michael Prakasam as he continues his studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary and his preparation for ordination to the transitional diaconate on April 27, 2019. We also remember David Langford, a senior at Bishop Simon Brute Seminary from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who has been assigned to pastoral ministry at Christ the King this year. As Michael and David are blessings to our parish family, may God bring to completion the good work he has begun in them so that they may one day be a blessing to the entire family of God!
See you at Mass!