This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, as on the 4th Sunday of Easter in each of the 3 Liturgical years we hear from St John’s gospel in which Jesus tells us he is the Good Shepherd. Normally by this time of year we would have had chance to drive, ride, walk past fields, (perhaps some of us may have still managed it) full of new lambs looking “sheepish” (sorry) but timid and bleating for their mother ewes. The image of the Good Shepherd reminds us of the care Jesus has for each of us, not wanting any of us to fall into harm’s way.
Associated with that image is the shepherding that Our Lord expects from his bishops, priests, deacons, religious.
So today we are asked to pray for vocations, for people to hear the calling of the chief shepherd, to follow him in a particular way. The link in our bulletin gives us an explanation from Fr Chris Warren about Vocations Sunday and some delightful reflections on the Rosary by our seminarians, the first of whom Jonathan Bowes is due to be ordained soon for the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, and has served us well in Hartlepool over a number of years whilst training.
Follow the link in the bulletin.
Did any of you see this?
I am not sure how well it will promote vocations to the religious life, but they are having fun.
Have you spotted Sister Assumpta?
Don’t forget this week’s Look! For younger members of our parish.
You may be interested in other sheets from the Redemptorists
and Cafod are still running live children’s liturgy at 10am Sunday
Whilst talk is of when and how and who to relax measures to reduce Covid19 please stay safe
All God’s blessings