Vocations Guide to Priesthood
• Do you realise you may already have your future priests in your parish pews?
• Never tire of nurturing vocations with prayer and example.
• Why not offer Holy Mass every Holy Thursday “For our priests and for vocations in our parish”
• On the anniversary of your ordination celebrate Holy Mass to “Thank Almighty God for the gift of your vocation”.
• Preach regularly on “The gift of the Priesthood”.
• When the Liturgical calendar permits a Votive Mass, use this opportunity to celebrate Mass for Priestly and Religious Vocations
• Recommend the Priesthood to all suitable candidates. - "Set out into the deep"
• Record participants in the “31 Club” on the parish website.
• Record all “Friends of The Lamb” on the parish web site.
(All potential Associate Vocations Directors)
• Pray for vocations at every mass and when appropriate pray for any parish seminarians in the bidding prayers.
• Occasionally print a “Prayer for Vocations” in parish bulletin.
• Regularly update parishioners with "Vocations" news.
• Place a vocations prayer card in hymnals or parish missalettes.
• Check to see that relevant pamphlets and books on the priesthood and religious life are in your parish book rack.
• Invite the Director of Vocations to speak about vocations at weekend Masses
•INVITE YOUNG PEOPLE TO :
• Attend Ordinations, Solemn Professions and Chrism Mass
• Participate in group trip to a Seminary or House of Religious Formation.
• Serve in Leadership positions in parish activities.
• Supply material for parish web site.
• Come to “Catholic Movie Night” in parish followed by discussion.
• Show “Fishers of Men” DVD to your young parishioners.
• Promote Vocations to young people in homeschooling.
• During Confirmation interviews - ask the candidates if they’ve ever considered priesthood/religious life.
• Promote a Holy Hour for vocations.
• Be brave - Challenge parishioners to recite family Rosary for Vocations
• Choose your very own little Heavenly Champion.
• RETIRED PRIESTS might volunteer to preach on vocations in local parishes.