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ENTIRE CHURCH IS ENCOURAGED TO PROMOTE VOCATIONS

Particularly in these times, when the voice of the Lord seems to be drowned out by "other voices" and his invitation to follow him by the gift of one's own life may seem too difficult, every Christian community, every member of the Church, needs consciously to feel responsibility for promoting vocations.  Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI’s messages for 2011 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

   

 
  MASS PRAYER PETITIONS FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS ON 1ST SUNDAY OF MONTH

Consider having your parish offer a Prayer of the Faithful petition for vocations to the priesthood on the first Sunday of each month.  This could allow the entire Archdiocese to eventually be united in prayer for an increase in our priestly vocations.  Use the other Sundays of the month for other vocations.  Click below to download the petitions.

Prayer Petition Dec 2013—Nov 2014 English
Prayer Petition Dec 2013—Nov 2014 Polish
Prayer Petition Dec 2013—Nov 2014 Spanish
 
 
 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PRIEST & CONSECRATED LIFE VOCATIONS

Keep the parishioners aware of vocation opportunities by putting announcements in your bulletin on a regular basis to promote vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life. The announcements also let your parishioners know about vocation events, such as weekend retreats and groups that gather to listen to God’s call. Click below to download the petitions.

Bulletin Announcements April – June 2014.English
Bulletin Announcements April – June 2014.Polish
Bulletin Announcements April – June 2014.Spanish


 

 
  VOCATION ROSARY BOOKLETS FOR PRIEST & CONSECRATED LIFE



Join in prayer for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life by using the Vocation Rosary booklets.  They provide special intentions for each mystery of the Rosary with an inspirational picture.  Click below to download the Vocation Rosary Booklets or contact Susanne Smith at 312-534-5234 or susmith@archchicago.org for copies. Click below to download sample prayer cards.

Vocation Rosary English
Vocation Rosary Polish
Vocation Rosary Spanish
 
 
  BECOME A VOCATION PARISH CONTACT FOR YOUR PARISH

The Bishops have asked pastors in the six vicariates to identify people to be Vocation Parish Contacts to help promote vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life.  Both formal and informal training is available.  To date 82 parishes have participated in one of the trainings, representing all six vicariates. The participants included priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and parishioners.  The trainings are multi-media interactive opportunity to share all the vocation efforts in our parishes, to create parish action plans and to join together in prayer for vocations.  All attendees received a Vocation Parish Guide. In 2013 we tentatively plan to offer other trainings in the Fall, when we hope to have the returning parishes and new parishes share their success stories.  Contact Susanne Smith at 312-534-5234 or susmith@archchicago.org for more information.  Click below for sample materials from the training.

Presentation
Parish Vocation Checklist
 
 
  VOCATION FAIRS (CAVA)

The Chicago Archdiocese Vocation Assocition (CAVA) offers Vocation Fairs at parishes throughout the Chicago Archdiocese. These Vocation Fairs provide an opportunity for you to learn about vocations to religious life and the priesthood. They also enable you to meet and speak with priests, brothers and sisters.  Contact Sister Elyse Ramirez, O.P., at 312-534-5240 or eramirez@archchicago.org for more information.  Click below to go to CAVA's website.

www.VocationsCAVA.org
 
 
 

CHICAGO VOCATION NEWS

Each month a vocation newsletter is sent to all priests.  It is also sent to our vocation parish contacts, seminarians and to others who have asked to receive Chicago Vocation News.  It includes the current events, photos and birthdates for seminarians. 

Contact Susanne Smith at 312-534-5234 or susmith@archchicago.org if you want to receive this newsletter.  for the latest newsletter.
 

 
  BRING TOTUS TUUS TO YOUR PARISH — SUMMER  CATHOLIC YOUTH PROGRAM



Totus Tuus is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and the celebration of the Eucharist.  The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in their understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ.  Get on the waiting list to bring Totus Tuus to your parish this summer.  More
 
 
 

NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK 2014 — November 2-8



National Vocations Awareness Week (November 2 – 8, 2014).  Materials will be available at a later date. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago will offer materials at a later date.

 
 

USE SEMINARIAN PRAYER CALENDAR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

Join us in praying for our Chicago seminarians at Mundelein Seminary, St. Joseph College Seminary, Bishop Abramowicz Seminary and Casa Jesus.  Calendar indicates days to pray for each seminarian and other special intentions.  Click below to download the Seminarian Prayer Calendar or contact Susanne Smith at 312-534-5234 or susmith@archchicago.org for copies.

Seminarian Prayer Calendar2013-2014

All Seminarians

 

 
  EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR PRIESTS AND AN INCREASE IN VOCATIONS

Did you know that parishes that regularly offer Eucharistic Adoration often have an increase in vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life?  Does your parish offer Eucharistic Adoration?  Does your parish have a weekly Holy Hour For Vocations?

Become a laborer of the harvest for Our Lord, by organizing a “Holy Hour” of prayer at your parish or adoration chapel. The Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association is comprised of all volunteers who dedicate themselves to encouraging Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Chicago Archdiocese. To help you get started, call 708-728-0840 or go to the website for locations: www.pjp2ea.org/pjp2ea/HolyHourPriests.asp.  Consider making an adoration pledge in Chicago's Invisible Monastery.

 

CHICAGO INVISIBLE MONASTERY

Adoration Rosary Booklet

 

 

 

FR. FRANCIS BITTERMAN, VOCATION DIRECTOR, ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO, 312-534-8298
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