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NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK…

will be celebrated in our country this week, November 2-9. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, religious and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God's gift of a vocation.


FOR YOUR VOCATION

HOW CATHOLICS CAN PROMOTE VOCATIONS

Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life . Jesus says in Matthew 9:38 "to beg the master of the harvest to send laborers into the vineyard." If we want more priests, sisters and brothers, we all need to ask.

Teach young people how to pray. Pope Benedict XVI said that unless we teach our youth how to pray, they will never hear God calling them into a deeper relationship with Him and into the discipleship of the Church.

Invite active young adults and teens to consider a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. A simple, sincere comment should not be underestimated. An easy way to do this can be remembered by four letters: ICNU. "John, I see in you (ICNU) the qualities that would make a good priest, and I want to encourage you to pray about it." It is a non-invasive way to encourage openness to a religious vocation.

Make it attractive. Show the priesthood for what it truly is - a call to be a spiritual father to the whole family of faith. Similarly, the consecrated life for a young woman is a call to be united to Christ in a unique way, and to be a spiritual mother to those she encounters in her life and service. The challenge for priests and religious is to be joyful models of their vocations.

Preach it, brother! Vocations must be talked about regularly if a "vocation culture" is to take root in parishes and homes. This means, first and foremost, the people need to hear about vocations from priests through homilies, prayers of the faithful, and discussions in the classroom. Vocations kept out of sight are out of mind. -USCCB.org


GOD CALLING YOU

HOW TO HEAR THE CALL

God's call might not ever be as easy as picking up your iphone, but there are ways to discover if He is calling you or a loved one to a religious vocation. The Archdiocese of San Antonio, Office of Vocation writes:

"Different people feel their call in different ways. Some have profound experiences they cannot describe. Others hear their call in the voices of those they are close to or those who love them encouraging them to explore a certain vocation. Still others realize their call through their ministries in the church or even their jobs. This nudging of God to service can sometimes be difficult to understand. It seems even more difficult these days to come to terms with the calling to "Church vocations," namely to the priesthood and religious life, because we do not see as many priests, sisters, and brothers in the world as we have in previous decades. However, the fact remains that God still calls people to Church vocations. Therefore, we all need help in figuring out who God is calling us to be.

For worksheets and lessons on teaching your children about vocations (primary to young adults), log on to archsa.org. The Vocations tab has many pages of printable material in both English and Spanish.


THE CALL TV PROGRAM

 


FISHERS OF MEN DVD

Find out why many are moved to the priesthood with the film Fishers of Men.

"Oh my gosh! This movie is amazing. I am a Pre-Theologate student here at Ave Maria, and this film made me cry and made me want to be a priest TOMORROW! It is so powerful!- Micah J. Wright, Pre-Theologate, Ave Maria University


DID YOU KNOW

A New Study shows… over 500,000 of our youth and young adults have seriously considered a vocation. Read the full report at USCCB.org. Go to the Beliefs and Teaches tab and click on Vocations.


"Every aspect of priestly formation can be referred to Mary, the human being who has responded better than any other to God's call. - Pope John Paul II