Vocation Sunday in Siddhpur parish

I believe that ‘the one who is happy with the vocation will always encourage vocation’. On the fourth Sunday of Easter known as Good Shepherd Sunday and a day of prayer for vocations, we, in Siddhpur Parish had a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr. Xavier James and assisted by Deacons Kingslin and Dominic Savio of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar. In the homily, the celebrant preached about the struggles in the pastoral ministry and the tremendous grace which follows and flows from the Lord without measure. He also insisted that as the baptized, lay people participates in the common priesthood of Jesus, they also become like pastors. After the recital of the creed, we shared on what makes us happy in the vocation journey. Deacon Kingslin shared that being with Jesus in prayer makes him happy to go on even in difficult times of the formation. Deacon Dominic Savio shared that Fr. Xavier James guided him to the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar and during the years of formation his prayer life sustained him amidst all struggles. Br. Dita shared about his struggle to become the follower of Christ and also to join the Seminary. He also said that his mission of being the apostle among his own people encourages him to move on in the vocation journey. The sharing was very appealing and the celebrant insisted that parents need to inspire their children to embrace religious and priestly life. It was the celebration of our own vocation which is the gratuitous gift from God. (Xavier James)