On Friday 13th of May, an evening of Adoration for vocations will be held for the faithful who belong to the Fairfield/Revesby Deanery, at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish at Fairfield. The event is one of a series of evenings entitled ‘Adoration in the Deaneries’, organised by the Vocation Centre of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
It will be an evening of Adoration to place ourselves before the Lord, asking that He strengthen the vocations of all Catholic men and women in the Archdiocese and help young people to listen to His call to serve the people of Sydney.
The evening will begin with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and a meditation on Our Lady lead by Father Epeli Qimaqima, the Vocations Director. Following that will be a short meditation offered by Sister M Luka Juenemann, a Schoenstatt Sister, on ‘discovering God’s plan for my life’. The evening will conclude with a testimony from Noel Custodio, who is in formation at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd.
This will be the second ‘Adoration in the Deaneries’ event, with the first held on the 1st of April in the Sutherland Deanery. Catholics from parishes around the Sutherland Deanery gathered together at the Parish of St John Bosco Parish in Engadine to pray for vocations. High school students from surrounding schools were present to listen to a short talk presented by Sister Mary Rachel OP, a Religious Sister from the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia.
The idea to organise adoration evenings local to each Deanery was developed by Father Epeli Qimaqima and the Vocation Centre team, with the hope that prayer for vocations before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament could become a local reality; a reality that is common and not out of their ordinary lives. Father Epeli hopes to reach all areas across Sydney and meet people where they are.
“We’re going to the people, reaching out to the local areas and fostering opportunities to pray for vocations and nourish their faith through prayer in Eucharistic Adoration,” he said.
Lorena Portocarrero, a consecrated laywoman from the Marian Community of Reconciliation and also the Vocations Promoter, has experienced firsthand how adoration can unite us closer to God through a real encounter with Christ. “God is making Himself available to us as a gift – to be with Him in the Real Presence. For us to spend time with him. Why wouldn’t we avail of this opportunity when we can?”
Fr Epeli Qimaqima, Director of Vocations Archdiocese of Sydney
It is hoped that people of the Fairfield/Revesby Deanery will take this opportunity to pray with their local parish communities, especially to pray for an increase in vocations.
Gelina Montierro, one of the staff at the Vocation Centre, has witnessed at past events, how local communities gathering to pray together for a specific purpose can strengthen them. “We all need to pray for vocations because vocations are for our whole Church. There may be people called to the priesthood or religious life in your Deanery. It may even be the person kneeling beside you in the pews, so we need to pray for them,” she said.
Used with permission, Catholic Communications Archdiocese of Sydney.