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serra international logoSerra Promotion And Resource Kit
For Vocation Directors and Vocation Promoters

 

#11. Annual Vocation Events Resources

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Summary

Several times a year, the Church provides opportunities for the faithful to celebrate vocations.  Four such events are World Day of Prayer for Vocations, National Vocation Awareness Week, World Day for Consecrated Life, and Priesthood Sunday.

Thanks to the efforts of lay groups—such as Serra—and the USCCB, there are numerous ‘planning kits’ available online which can streamline the process of planning for these events.

Typically, these kits include such items as prayers, liturgy planning guides, bulletin announcements, and cards.  They’re often available in downloadable format as ready-to-print PDFs.

Program Outline

  • Several times each year, the faithful are afforded by the Church the chance to celebrate vocations
    • World Day of Prayer for Vocations (held in the spring)
    • National Vocation Awareness Week (held in the fall)
    • World Day for Consecrated Life (held in late winter)
  • Priesthood Sunday (held in the fall)
  • National Catholic Sisters Week (held in the spring)
  • Religious Brothers Day (held in the spring)
  • Planning for your parish’s participation in these events can be made easier through the use of various ‘planning kits’
    • Available online
      • Typically include items such as…
        • Prayers
        • Liturgy planning guides
        • Bulletin announcements
        • Cards
    • Often available in PDF form

Implementation

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Time:

  • Winter: World Day for Consecrated Life (First Sunday following February 2nd)
  • Spring: National Catholic Sisters Week (Second week of March)
  • Spring: World Day of Prayer for Vocations (Fourth Sunday of Easter)
  • Spring: Religious Brothers Day (May 1)
  • Fall: Priesthood Sunday – (Last Sunday in September)
  • Fall: National Vocation Awareness Week (First full week of November)

Using Serrans/Volunteers:

  • Planning, organizing, and carrying out events
  • Working with parish officials regarding events
  • Underwriting events

Program History, Development, and Additional Resources

Celebrating vocations is an important part of community life in the Church.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations, National Vocation Awareness Week, National Catholic Sisters Week, World Day for Consecrated Life, Religious Brothers Day, and Priesthood Sunday are all events through which the Church provides opportunities for the faithful to celebrate vocations.  Some of these events are rather new, while others go back decades—for example, observance of National Vocation Awareness Week started in 1976.

Thanks to the efforts of lay groups and the USCCB, there are several ‘planning kits’ available online.  Using these kits can streamline the planning process.

These kits are often available in downloadable format as ready-to-print PDFs.  They typically include such items as prayers, liturgy planning guides, bulletin announcements, and cards.

Several such kits are available via the links in the next section of this summary, ‘additional resources.’  Additionally, since, as the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of New York has noted, “Our first priority in promoting vocations is to pray,” that section includes links to vocations prayers to be used during the Prayers of the Faithful within the Mass—as well as the previously mentioned prayers.

Other Resources

Religious Brothers Day – May 1

National Catholic Sisters Week (second week of March)

Short article and resources on World Day for Consecrated Life from the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)

Website devoted specifically to Priesthood Sunday—as supported by USA Council of Serra International (with resources including Priesthood Sunday cards—scroll down about two-thirds of the way down the main page; they’re in the right-hand column:

List of Prayers of the Faithful for Priesthood Sunday

Official website of World Day of Prayer for Vocations (with resources to be used at Mass and prayer):

Page from USCCB website dedicated to World Day of Prayer for Vocations; includes numerous resources:

Page from USCCB website dedicated to National Vocation Awareness Week; includes numerous resources:

Page from the USCCB website dedicated to World Day for Consecrated Life (with promotional resources):

Page from the website of the National Catholic Educational Association regarding ‘Inspiration and Ideas’ for celebrating vocations:

Page from the vocations website of the Augustinians (religious order) detailing parts of the vocations story of St. Thomas of Villanova:

Page of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Phoenix (AZ) with a photo essay depicting how local faithful celebrated vocations in their diocese during a special event in 2016:

Page from the website of the Alliance for Catholic Education from the University of Notre Dame; this page contains a reflection on celebrating vocations with the context of Catholic Schools Week:

The Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA, offers excellent suggestions for Priesthood Sunday activities. Scroll to the bottom of their page.

A selection of customizable Priesthood Sunday greeting cards and a coloring page for school-age children.

 

Suggested parish bulletin inserts for Priesthood Sunday

 

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