I too think it wonderful to be calling you to the Priesthood! How wonderful your heart is and you’re listening to our Almighty Father. We need more good Priests. I want to become a Sister but can’t because of my disabilities and my disability checks will be cut, plus, insurance. (Medicaid) I have to obtain meds and would not want a convent to be responsible for all my health needs. I am sure convents do not have the finances to help with this.
You are right to be nervous and comprehensibly so about what will happen to your parents. But please remember that in any given situation that may be dire, whatever the reason, God has us and He will provide. Have Faith and trust. And remember the sparrows and lilies of the field that don’t worry about their nourishment but are fed; —>How much more will Almighty God do for His children(Parents) that love Him so. (And not saying He doesn’t bless all His children) And who knows, you may get a stipend which is enough to send your parents money. Further and for example, I know of Priests who sell their art for extra income for their Parishes and send money home for their ailing parents and siblings. Plus, like someone said on here there are agencies that can help when the time comes. You can contact them for food, paying rent, Home health care if they couldn’t do it for themselves and what have you- in your Parent’s community or township.
About Grandchildren and your Dad. I understand that completely. I am a first time Grandmother. My youngest daughter had a baby and my eldest is pregnant now. I am so proud and praise God so much! Yet, there are places that your parents could visit, like day care centers, become Foster parents. (State pays for this and gives them money) Also, check with hospitals that deliver babies and see if your Mom could be one of those that “rock” and “hug” newborns. And I’m wondering if there are programs for people to be a Big Grandparent, similar to the Big Brother/Big Sister program which is a volunteer program. There are kids that don’t have Grandparents or parents that would benefit from having kind, loving, mentors in their lives. These would probably help with your parent’s Grandparent “fix”. I wanted to do that.
Just suggesting and again, praise God you have it in your heart to want to do this. Your Father will come to terms with it eventually. God works in mysterious ways. And I’m sure be quite proud of the fact.
Love ya’ll lots,
Sheila is my real name. Much love, hugs, and many blessings from God to each person that lives on this planet.