Three young people from a South Australian Salesian parish led an hour-long candlelight prayer vigil for vocations. Jenny, Adelina, and Cicillia, are altar servers in the Parish of St.John Bosco and St.Aloysius at Brooklyn Park and Richmond, in South Australia. The prayer vigil was organised by a local parishioner Michael Mulvihill, himself an altar server for many years and the training advisor of the Adelaide branch of the Australian Guild of St.Stephen. Other parish altar servers came to pray, together with parents and families, as well as parishioners and friends. Some of the candles were made by Fr Stephen Dubovksy SDB, the assistant priest in the parish.
During the candlelight vigil, an original music video was screened. This video was produced by the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Perth, perthpriest.org, and is called “This Is What I’ve Always Wanted”; The music comes from an original song composed by Fr Mark Baumgarten. The ordaining prelate in the video clip is Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, the Archbishop of Perth. The video shows Fr Matthew Hodsgon and priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Perth.
A second vocations promotion video played during the candlelight vigil highlighted the vocation to consecrated life. The SALESIAN SISTERS Vocation Video was produced by the Salesian Sisters in the United States and features various Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, their works and locations. Several sisters spoke of their call to the religious life as a Salesian Sister.
The one hour of prayer was part of the parish’s “24 Hours for the Lord”. This is a world wide initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and much supported by Pope Francis. This year the dates were March 24-25. The 2017 theme was “I desire mercy” (Mt 9:13). People around the world were encouraged to show their support for the initiative by using the #24hoursfortheLord hashtag.
By Fr Joseph Lee SDB