While God inspires all vocations, programs and activities can invite and encourage individuals to be open to God's call to a religious vocation. Phase II activities are designed to establish a presence among both adults and youth within the parish.
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A ministry in Phase II has a strong foundation of prayer and is open to the direction of the Holy Spirit in deciding which direction to go next. No idea is too small or large, so the opportunity for the ministry and clergy to provide input should be presented often.
During this stage, a ministry is likely focused on asking parishioners to pray for vocations; on increasing awareness and knowledge of vocations among parish youth and among all parishioners at a special event such as a fall festival; and affirming the pastor and priests on a slightly grander scale than was done in Phase I.
St. Matthew says in his gospel, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you: For everyone who asks, receives; and the one that seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." [(Matthew 7:7-8)] Eucharistic Adoration for vocations is highly effective in increasing vocations. Jesus is waiting to be asked, and he is truly present in the Eucharist. What makes more sense than to invite his people to enter into his heart to beg for workers for his fields? Encourage parishioners to storm the heavens with the vital request for more vocations with the knowledge and confidence that no prayer goes unanswered.
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We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. Our ministry knew early on that weekly or monthly adoration for vocations would be instrumental in our efforts to bringing about a vocation-minded parish and for increasing vocations overall. Praying for vocations before the Blessed Sacrament can be transformative for a parish. Melinda Lynch, our Adoration for Vocations Coordinator, shares how to bring this part of the ministry into your parish.
Most Catholic parishes have some sort of annual festival to raise funds and/or build fellowship within their community. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce parishioners to the Vocation Ministry and explain its mission. Focusing on interaction among priests and seminarians with the parishioners through games of tug-of-war, arm wrestling, hula-hoop contests, vocation jeopardy, and other games or activities shows young and old parishioners alike that priests are human, too, and can be playful and joyful. Having candy available will attract much attention from the children, especially given that most booths at the festival will require money to participate. With an interested audience, the ministry can start to introduce vocations to all in the parish.
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Many Catholic parishes have some sort of annual festival to raise funds and build fellowship within their community, which is a perfect opportunity to show your parishioners who your ministry is and what does vocations mean. Share your enthusiasm for priests and religious; play games with the youth. Show them that those living their vocation are filled with joy. Rhonda Gruenewald shares with you a look into their own parish festival Oktoberfest!
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Many priests and religious say that they felt God calling them as teenagers. In general, the teen population is the most likely to be contemplating their future. Keeping vocations in the forefront of their minds is at the heart of a Vocation Ministry. For that reason, engaging youth ministers in the Vocation Ministry is extremely beneficial. Their unique perspective will be invaluable in choosing and planning events that will make the biggest impact on the youth of the parish. Katie Hartfiel, author of Woman in Love and a nationally-known youth ministry speaker explains why engaging the youth with vocations is key.
Most priests' first memories of serving the Lord are as altar servers. According to The Class of 2012: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, an annual national survey of men being ordained priests for U.S. dioceses and religious communities conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), found that three-quarters of new priests were altar servers. As for religious women, a 2014 survey released by the USCCB found that 16 percent of the newly-professed women religious had been altar servers. While not as influenced by serving as boys, serving at Mass is a factor for girls, as well. Altar server activities recognize and reinforce in young people the joy of serving the Lord.
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Some youth will be inspired by a talk or saying a Rosary with a priest, and others will feel moved more by seeing a well-made video highlighting all or one vocation, even one aspect of a vocation. The potent visuals and musical scores of some of the more dramatic videos can imprint feelings about a vocation that will not happen in any other way.
Each fall the Vocation Ministry has the perfect opportunity to guide parishioners in showing their priests appreciation and love. This can take a variety of forms from a note or prayer to a more complicated reception for all parishioners. No matter the form, assuring the priests of the loving care and gratitude of the parish will stay with him long after Priesthood Sunday is over.
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Please join the Vocation Ministry today Priesthood Sunday in praying for our priests, praising God for their courage and their generosity. Also, please take a moment after Mass to go to the adoration chapel and fill out a , which is an offering of prayer for one or both of our priests. Let us show Fr. A and Fr. B our encouragement and gratitude in thoughts and deeds. God bless our priests!
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Please join me on this special day Priesthood Sunday in praying for our priests, in praising God for their courage and their generosity. Along with prayer, the Vocation Ministry invites you to take a moment after Mass to write a note of appreciation to one or all our priests. Let Fr. J, Fr. C, and Fr. V know something they have done that has impacted you personally to assure him of your loving care and gratitude for his presence in the life of our church community. God bless our priests!
Here are some ideas on what your ministry and parish can do for this celebratory day:
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