National Vocations Awareness Week starts tomorrow.
To that end, Pilgrims Quest, which is a private and voluntary publishing house dedicated to Catholic evangelisation, has produced Pilgrims’ Pathways. This is a purely electronic publication, sent out to Catholic schools in Australia, which contains vocation-related testimonies from a range of young Australians. It’s worth a look.
We need to pray for priestly, religious and married vocations! You can bet that behind Facundo’s and Nathan’s inspiring WYD stories there’s a host of people who have prayed for them and will continue to pray for them.
Apart from prayer, good formation is also necessary. That’s my segue to a short Year of Faith lecture series which my friend Fr Nicholas Dillon has organised in his parish of Blackburn North.
This three-part series will discuss the meaning and history of the Creed. Come and learn how the faith that we profess every Sunday applies to daily Christian living.
The third instalment is presented by David Schütz, who is Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission, one of Fr Dillon’s parishioners, and one of my co-bloggers. (Incidentally David, I struck you from my blogroll only because you had declared your blog’s retirement. Having learned otherwise, you’re speedily restored!)
If you’re in Melbourne, I recommend you go. Details are on the parish website.
Melbournians might also be alert to this week’s Caroline Chisholm Library dinner, as related on David’s blog.
Good news, Father John – how can we love the faith if we don’t know it?
May I also add news that there will be theology lectures each Sunday at noon, starting August 18, at St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne. They’ll be held in Simmonds College in 33 Howard St, next to the Presbytery. Topics will be Dogma, Sacraments, morals and prayer. If you’re interested , you can call the parish office on 9328 3474 or email email@example.com.