By Phase IV the ministry is at the pinnacle of influence, operational capabilities, and visible results within its parish. The Vocation Ministry members may be asked by a young person for advice about discernment, individuals may spend more time thinking about the meaning of marriage in their spiritual lives, and more young people may be seriously considering the priesthood or religious life. These and other affirming results indicate the Vocation Ministry is meeting its goals of encouraging vocations and helping individuals move toward holiness and discern God’s will in their lives.
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While the programs in Phase IV are ambitious, they are meant to develop a truly vocation-minded parish. These activities will surely bear much fruit in Jesus’ name. At this phase, the ministry should remember to share regularly the good news about successes—within the ministry and within the parish—to keep people on fire for vocations.
During Phase IV, a ministry has the capacity to expand its reach beyond their own walls and is likely focused on such activities with long-term commitments from the parish, offering its service to the Office of Vocations and the nearby Serra Club, and affirming not only current, but also retired priests and religious.
Every effort should be made to bring parishioners before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to pray for their vocation and vocations in general. This activity encourages parents to bring their children to pray, as well, modeling faith in action. Though not a complicated event, as the focus is on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the beauty is in the simplicity of prayer for vocations. The reception, though optional, gives all in attendance the opportunity to get to know one another, especially the families with the religious and priests present.
Family Holy Hour
Most Catholics are in need of inspiration to strive for holiness, the first vocation. Providing exhibits that encourage parishioners to live as Christ calls each of us is invaluable. The subject of the display can be about miracles, angels, saints, or the like.
To find an exhibit close to you, first call your diocese and ask if they know of one traveling through your diocese. If that does not work out, call Real Presence to find an exhibit near your parish at
Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association
718 Liberty Lane
Lombard, IL 60148
Knowing that the boys and girls who volunteer as altar servers are at a perfect age for thinking about their own vocation, the ministry should affirm the servers in a variety of ways. Normally, the older the youth, the less likely they will continue to volunteer in this way for the Church, so affirmation should occur often. Though this day can take countless forms, the goal of this activity is to provide encouragement and incentive to keep serving the parish and the Lord in this manner.
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Is your parish priest celebrating his 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th Ordination Anniversary?!?!? This is the time to celebrate! Observe this day as big as your priest, budget, and ministry constraints will allow! Make sure that as many people as possible know about this event and encourage all to participate. These events are as much about fellowship within the community as they are about the actual anniversary, so reach out for and graciously welcome all help. The gathering does not have to take place on the actual date of the anniversary, so if you need a little more time to organize, take it! See more pictures here.
If this is an in-between year (e.g. 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th), then normally gathering spiritual bouquets and a few gifts for him may be perfect. You could have a donuts and coffee simple reception during these years, too.
Lastly, don’t forget the consecrated sisters and brothers who are at your parish. Find out when they professed vows to know when to celebrate their "yes," as well.