The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday because in the Gospel Jesus says "I am the gate of the sheepfold". In his Pastoral Letter, Bishop Richard reminded the church communities of their own responsibilities in praying for and seeking vocations. Deacon Michael's message in the newsletter also emphasised this.
Bishop Richard requested that the prayer below be said frequently for the cause of vocations:
Lord, grant to our Diocese
the gift of priests
filled with zeal for your Word,
and with dedication
in the service of your people,
that your Church may be nourished
through the Sacraments
and strengthened for the Mission
to which you have called us.
For you are Lord
for ever and ever.
© Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, 2017