Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest: (Mt. 9:38; Lk 10:2 ) As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained, ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes.”

 

Saint of the Day: St. Therese of Lisiuex

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Patroness of all Missionaries and the Missions, Patroness of France and Doctor of the Church was born in Alençon on 2 January 1873 the last of nine children born to St Louis and St Zélie Martin. She was christened Marie-Françoise-Thérèse. Four of the children died before Thé rèse was born - Joseph Louis, Joseph-Jean-Baptiste and Mélanie-Thérèse died in infancy and Hélène died when she was five. Thérèse and three of her surviving sisters Marie, Pauline and Céline became Carmelite nuns in Lisieux in Normandy a geographical region in the north-west of France. Her fourth sister Léonie entered the Visitantine Convent in Caen also in Normandy.