To ensure each person knows God has a particular plan for his/her life
Awareness ensures that each person knows a vocation is a gift and call from God. Education ensures that youth are disposed to listen for this call as they develop. As young people mature, it is our duty to form them to become aware that God has a particular vocation for each individual. This call of God is not a “Thunderclap” nor a “Lightning Bolt” but a quiet moving of the heart and mind to serve Him in a special way. For ideas to raise awareness and promote vocations in your parish, please read below.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for men and women to say yes to their vocations, especially if one is called to the priesthood or religious life. In his 2010 address for the 47th annual WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS, Pope Benedict XVI prayed “May this World Day once again offer many young people a precious opportunity to reflect on their own vocation and to be faithful to it in simplicity, trust and complete openness." Official Site: VATICAN
World Day for Consecrated Life
World Day for Consecrated Life initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1997, is intended to help the entire Church to respect and esteem those persons - Brothers, Sisters and Religious Order Priests and Monks - who have dedicated their lives to serving God through prayer and service. These people commit themselves to living out the Gospel through a consecrated life by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The laity can also live a consecrated life through various secular institutes. This day is also a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment of offering of themselves to the Lord.
Parishes could foster openness to vocations by observing an annual event to support/promote vocations to religious orders. A “Sister’s Sunday” could increase our awareness of the beauty of religious life, raise funds for the parish youth in formation, and honor the Sisters who will be invited to participate in games and family activities. Families have the opportunity to visit the Sisters. Food, games, and auction will create a carnival atmosphere. If all games are sponsored by individuals or businesses, profits to help those in formation increase.
Honor priests and sisters serving in the parish or area with a yearly banquet to acknowledge their dedication and sacrifice.
Wall of Fame
Recognize parish sons and daughters who have answered God’s call by establishing a wall of fame in a visible area of the parish. Photos of religious from the parish could be displayed. Please submit a picture of your Wall of Fame and we'll post it!
Download the above PDF files to print Posters for your parish!