calls on each of us at this time (as always) to reflect on our vocations and to
pray for an increase in the priesthood and religious life. CatholicMom.com
offers the following resources on the role Moms can play in fostering vocations and on
Mothering as a vocation.
Additional Coloring pictures - click to view in full
For more fun:
Learn more about the Priests and Sisters at your
church and what they do. These are wonderful people who have
devoted their lives to serving God and our Church. Take some time
this week to thank them for all they do...maybe you could make a card or
bake cookies for them. Also, learn more about vocations and think
about how God is calling you!
CatholicMom.com recommends these great books for
learning about vocations:
of Columbus - news, information and Columbia Magazine online
from this respected Catholic organization. Includes wonderful
information on promoting and supporting vocations to the Religious
Placement: Vocations Placement is a national service organization
dedicated to one mission: to provide assistance to those who are
exploring a call to the religious life in the Roman Catholic Church.
How can we promote vocations? First of all,
by considering and treasuring the art of Mothering as a vocation.
Secondly, by praying for an increase in vocations to the religious and
ministerial life. Thirdly, by being a light to those around us and by
inspiring others to consider their live paths as vocations from God.
Finally, by doing as Serra International suggests:
How many men and women in your
parishes are caring and compassionate individuals who are good listeners,
articulate speakers, and loving enthusiastic Catholics?
How many of these special,
gifted people have ever been invited to consider becoming a priest,
sister, brother, permanent deacon, or full-time lay minister?
Statistics show that 80% of
the 18-30 year olds in the United States and Canada have never been
asked to consider a Church Vocation. (Courtesy of Serra International)
Prayer for Vocations (Courtesy of Mrs. Dorothy Foss)
Gracious and loving God you have blessed us with the privilege of becoming Parents. We ask that you provide us with all that we need in accepting this awesome responsibility.
We pray that we will be open to your spirit who is our source of strength as we witness to our children your love for each of them and your desire for them to be happy and to live a full life.
We ask your help so we may guide and encourage our children to believe that they each have a special calling and to use their gifts and talents for others.
We pray, Heavenly Father, that our children will discover and respond enthusiastically to your desire for them whether it be to the vocation of single, married, ordained or consecrated life.
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus through the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Amen. -Mrs. Dorothy Foss
Prayer for Family
Vocation Spirit (Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus)
Heavenly Father, in the example of the Holy Family, you teach us how to live as
a loving family. From Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we learn that you have given
each of us a special place in your plans for the world. Each of us
has a call - a vocation - to be holy as a married, single lay person, or as a
priest, a deacon or a religious brother or sister. make us a kind and
understanding family so that we will help one another discover his or her
vocation and follow it faithfully. With Mary and Joseph, we ask this
through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer for Vocations
O God, Who will not the death of a sinner * but rather
that he be converted and live * grant we beseech You * through
the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin * Saint Joseph,
her spouse * Blessed Junipero Serra * and all the saints * an increase
of laborers for Your Church * fellow laborers with Christ to spend
and consume themselves for souls * through the same Jesus Christ *
Your son * Who lives and reigns with You * In the unity of the
Holy Spirit * God forever * and ever. Amen.