We must pray everyday for our young people to find and live their vocations. Prayer is the key to assisting our youth to hear the “whisper” of God’s call and to have the courage to respond to God’s call in gratitude. A parish vocation prayer team can foster prayer in three ways: in the community, as individuals, and within families. For ideas to promote prayer for vocations in your parish, please read below.
Traveling Shrine Programs
Vocations Crucifix - Begin a Vocations Crucifix Program of prayer for vocations among the families in your parish. Circulate a Crucifix to families in your parish on a weekly/monthly basis. The family promises to pray each day for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The family can be recognized at Mass by being called forth at communion to receive a blessing from the priest.
Devotional Statue - Circulate a statue of Christ, Our Lady, or your parish patron saint to volunteer families on a weekly/monthly basis. The family can be recognized at Mass by being called forth at communion to receive a blessing from the priest.
The Elijah Cup - Circulate a chalice to volunteer families on a weekly/monthly basis. At the end of Communion, the priest calls a family, couple, or individual forward to receive the chalice at any Mass of your choosing. The priest encourages them to pray for vocations. The Elijah Cup is returned to the parish the following week/month.
A Suitable Home - The crucifix, statue, or chalice should be housed in a nice wooden case, the doors of which open to reveal a small "grotto" within. A drawer in the bottom of the case contains prayer material to promote vocations.
Download the Traveling Shrine Program guide to begin this program in your parish.Click here for a blessing of families.
Vocations Prayer Calendar - Pray for a specific priest, religious, or seminarian every day! Develop a calendar and place a different name on each date of the month. Promote this idea in your parish bulletin or on your parish website. Individuals in the parish then commit to praying that day for the intention of this priest, religious or seminarian. We have a calendar ready for your use. It can be printed, shared with an electronic calendar, or imported into your smart phone. To view the calendar on the home page (on the right side), click here. For instructions about sharing this calendar with your smart phone, click here. To print this calendar for use in your home, click on the month view, then follow printing instructions. Perfect for your fridge!
31 Club - Solicit families from your parish to pray for vocations from your parish. Once volunteers are solicited, assign each family one day per month to pray for vocations to the priesthood or religious life from your parish on a given day. Publish the calendar on your website, in the bulletin, or for a bulletin board in your vestibule.
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Adoration Adoption Program - Place a recipe type box of post cards in your adoration chapel. On the front of each card, place the name of a priest, religious or seminarian for whom the adorers can offer their holy hour. Once the card is filled, mail it to the priest or religious. For a sample of an Avery template of a ready to print post card, click here. Remember to use Avery Postcard 8387 to print your cards.
Holy Hour for Vocation Templates - Periodically, your vocation prayer team can sponsor a Holy Hour for Vocations in your Parish to encourage public and communal prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Holy Hour Booklet
Rosary for Priests
Rosary for Vocations
Prayer Cards - Publish holy cards with the pictures and/or names of priests, religious, and seminarians. On the back side of the holy card publish a prayer for vocations, information about the priest. Choose priests, religious, or seminarians who have or are serving in your parish or priests, religious, and/or seminarians who were born in your parish, or publish cards with priests, religious, and/or seminarians who serve anywhere in the diocese. Click for a template and example.
Petitions for Mass - Insert a petition for vocations at each Mass. Some versions in English and Spanish.
Vocation Prayers - Each document contains various prayers for vocations that can be printed on holy cards, to say at Mass, at home, or in various other ways. They are formatted 4 to a 8.5 X 11 page to make printing more convenient.
Prayers for Vocations
Prayers for Various Ages
Bulletin Blurbs - Use these bulletin blurbs to promote vocations to the priesthood in your parish. The Office of Vocations thanks you in advance for this promotion!