Vocations Mass inspires youths

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It’s never too early to consider a vocation. 

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the annual Vocations Mass for Eighth-graders at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale March 6.

“Sometimes God speaks through other people. Listen to what your pastors, priests, teachers and your loved ones are saying to you. It doesn’t mean they are absolutely right, but it could be God saying something to you." Bishop Burbidge

The event, co-sponsored by the Office of Vocations and the Office of Catholic Schools, included new features this year — a Mass, a vocations program and brown-bag lunch — complete with ice cream — with 14 religious sisters and more than 20 priests.

Father Edward J. Bresnahan, chaplain at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, served as emcee of a vocations program. Eighth-graders heard stories from Dominican Sister Kateri Rose, principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School in Woodbridge; and Father Stephen M. Vaccaro, parochial vicar of Church of the Nativity in Burke. 

Bishop Burbidge said in his homily that no matter what our age is, we all share the same call — to be a saint, to be holy and united to God. He gave the eighth-graders practical suggestions using the words passion, person, prayer and promise.

“Sometimes God speaks through other people. Listen to what your pastors, priests, teachers and your loved ones are saying to you,” said Bishop Burbidge. “It doesn’t mean they are absolutely right, but it could be God saying something to you.”

At the end of Mass, Bishop Burbidge blessed special medals with the diocesan patrons St. Thomas More and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on either side. The medals on chains were distributed after Mass. 

Aidan Foley, an eighth-grader St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, was inspired by the stories he heard during the vocations program. “A lot of what they told me is stuff I may go through in the future,” he said. “I haven’t thought as hard as others have thought about vocations, but I have been told by others that I would make a good priest.”

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018

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