St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California 91436
From the Desk of Father Mac
Good Shepherd Sunday
Today is Good Shepherd
Sunday because each year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter we hear
a Gospel passage reflecting on Jesus as the Good Shepherd who
protects and cares for the people of God just as a shepherd tends
his sheep. After his Resurrection from the dead Jesus entrusted care
of his sheep (The Church) to his chosen shepherds (The
Apostles), and then down through the centuries to the bishops
and priests in union with the Pope.
As important as praying for vocations is, I also invite you to promote vocations by inviting people to consider a vocation in the Church. Talk about vocations with your family and encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister. If you see someone whom you believe has the qualities of a good priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister, why not tell them? God is always calling but He needs our help in making His voice heard. We’re all talent scouts for God!
Finally, if you yourself have been considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, I say don’t be afraid! I encourage you to come forward and speak with me so we can discuss the next step in the discernment of your vocation.
Image of artwork in header - Used
with permission (one-time use only) from: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI.