Archdiocesan Vocation Promotion Team KL visited Visitation Church - 20th & 21st Jan, 2018

 Mark 1:14-20 Good News Translation (GNT)

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

 14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God.  15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!” 16 As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net.  17 Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”  18 At once they left their nets and went with him. 19 He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready.  20 As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus.

The Gospel text from St. Mark on 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time coincided with the visit by the Archdiocesan Vocation Promotion Team of Kuala Lumpur (AVPT) to The Church of the Visitation, Seremban on 20th and 21st January to promote Vocation. The team consisted of two Diocesan Priests - Rev. Fr. Augustine Lee (AVPT Assistant Director) from Church of the Sacred Heart, Bentong; Rev. Fr. Peter Anthoney from Church of St. John Vianney, Tampin; three Religious Sisters – Sr. Roseling from Daughters of St. Paul (FSP), Sr. Angeline Poh from Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), Sr. Santha Mary from Sisters of The Infant Jesus (IJS) and 5th year Seminarian Bro. Michael Dass, who is currently doing his Theology studies at St. Peter's College, Kuching.

Fr. Augustine who celebrated the Sunset mass on 20th January, in his homily said, like the fishermen who left their nets when Jesus called them, we too need to do the same instead of clinging on to certain things or matters in life. The next day, Fr. Peter celebrated the 9.00 am mass. He said in his homily, that the Gospel reading is a reminder of God’s constant calling to each one of us. Too often that calling is being ignored because we are so engrossed and busy with what we are doing, that we put God aside. He puts it in another word, that the things that occupies our time has become the ‘main dishes’, while God has become the ‘side dish!’ Fr. Peter went on to share his personal experience in discerning and answering the call of God to the vocation to the Priesthood. (Both Fr. Peter and Fr. Augustine were ordained on 24th January, 2013). 

 Later in the day, the Religious Sisters and Bro. Michael Dass shared their own personal experiences in discerning and answering God’s call to the Form Four and Five students of the Religious Education together with their respective RE teachers. The talk was held in St. Vincent De Paul classroom at the Community hall upstairs.

Various informative brochures on different Religious Orders and Congregations in Malaysia were displayed and students were encouraged to take and read them.


(*) Discernment is the process of determining God's desire for one's life. It could be to remain Single, Married life, Religious life or to the Priesthood.

We pray for more vocation and that young men and women may be inspired to answer God's call and join the priesthood and religious life to continue Christ’s mission here on earth.

Matthew 9:37-38 Good News Translation (GNT)

37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in.  38 Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”

The recent Priestly ordination that took place in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur on 31st January, 2018.

Diocesan Vocation Awareness 2018 : Vocation camp for young men on 24th and 25th, February at Good Shepherd Church, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Ages 18 years to 35 years. Those interested, please call Parish Priests - Fr. George or Fr. Andrew or the Church Parish office for details. 

Photos by Church of The Visitation Social Communication and Ms. Elizabeth Chong.