FOR
PARISHES

Ways to support vocations

PRAY
FOR
VOCATIONS

Parish prayers
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PROMOTE
VOCATIONS
EVENTS

Bulletins and displays
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ACTIVITIES
FOR
VOCATIONS

Plan and promote
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ENCOURAGE
ALL
VOCATIONS

Have a vocation fair
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TOTUS TUUS
SUMMER
YOUTH MISSION

Bring Totus Tuus to your
parish each summer
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VOCATION
PARISH
CONTACTS

Have a person or team
promote vocations

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PRAY FOR VOCATIONS

Holy Hours for Vocations. Have a special Holy Hour to pray for priestly and religious vocations. How to hold a holy hour

Rosary for Vocations. During the rosary mention candidates by name. 

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

Eucharistic Procession for Vocations. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, consider dedicating your Eucharistic procession to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
 

PROMOTE  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 Aug – Sep 2014.English
Bulletin Announcements Aug – Sep 2014.Polish
Bulletin Announcements Aug – Sep 2014.Spanish

 

LINK TO CHICAGOPRIEST.COM. Put a link on your website to the vocation website  www.chicagopriest.com

ADD WEB PAGE. Create a page on your parish website with vocation information.

VOCATIONS LIBRARY. Keep a special corner of the vestibule stocked with vocation-related materials.

POSTER/COLORING/ESSAY/VIDEO/CONTESTS. Organize a contest with a vocations theme for students.

VOCATION STORIES. Invite priests to tell their vocation stories at parish events.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR  VOCATIONS

WORKSHOPS FOR ALTAR SERVERS. Teach altar servers about vocational discernment.

PARISH DISCERNMENT GROUPS. Small groups of boys or girls led by parish priest or sister, with help from parents, to help them understand vocations. Consider the Melchizedek Project

COLLABORATION WITH BOY SCOUT TROOPS. Scouting has long been a friend of vocation promotions. There is even a special camp at Philmont for boys considering the priesthood.

ATTEND ORDINATIONS. Coordinate for confirmation students or youth groups to attend an ordination

ELIJAH CUP. In this program, a chalice that is used at Mass it brought home by a different family each week. It is kept in a special place by the family, who prays each day for more vocations.

 

ENCOURAGE  ALL VOCATIONS

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 Lovina Pammit, OFS, at 312-534-5240 or lpammit@archchicago.org for more information. Click below to go to CAVA's website.
www.VocationsCAVA.org

 

NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK (November 2 – 8, 2014). Materials are available.  Click Here for materials from Serra International.


TOTUS TUUS SUMMER YOUTH MISSION         

Bring Totus Tuus to your parish each summer.

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.

To see if your parish is hosting a Totus Tuus this summer or for more information, contact Pat Pacer in the Vocations Office at 312-534-2587 or ppacer@archchicago.org or go to www.totustuuschicago.com.


VOCATION PARISH CONTACTS

Have a person or team promote vocations.   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.

TRAINING: Both formal and informal training is available. To date 82 parishes have participated in one of the trainings, representing all six vicariates.

PARTICIPANTS: The participants included priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and parishioners.

MULTI MEDIA: The trainings are multi-media interactive opportunity to

  • share all the vocation efforts in our parishes
  • create parish action plans
  • join together in prayer for vocations.
  • All attendees received a Vocation Parish Materials

Contact Susanne Smith at 312-534-5234 or susmith@archchicago.org for more information. Click below for sample materials from the training.
Parish Vocation Checklist

VOCATION DIRECTOR
FR. FRANCIS BITTERMAN

 

 

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