The 31 Club

The 31 Club is a simple program in which parishioners choose a day of the month to consistently pray for vocations.

Serra Participation

  • Serra Clubs can publicize the effort.
  • Serra members can solicit parish participants.
  • Serra clubs handle sign-up and distribute out reminder cards.

Summary

The 31 Club is a simple, easily-established program ideal for the involvement of parishioners in daily prayer for vocations. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you decide the best type of prayer activity for your assigned individual’s vocation.

Program Outline

One of the easiest—and most direct—ways for the faithful to take part in the overall vocation-promotion effort, the 31 Club has become a mainstay at parishes around America and, indeed, around the world.

After signing up, a member picks any date of the month—from 1 to 31—that suits them; then, they commit to go to Mass or a Holy Hour on that day each month over the following year… and to devote that Mass or prayer to an increase in vocations, and for priests and religious already serving the Church.

The 31 Club does not hold meetings, nor does it require its members to pay dues. Membership is open to all—including parishioners who are homebound and wish to offer their sufferings and prayer for that day.

All Year

Lead Time 4-6 months

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Low Effort

Low Cost

Program History and Development

The history of the 31 Club goes back to the 1970s in New Zealand. A local priest saw a need for an increase in vocations in addition to a need for support of current vocations, and asked his parishioners to pick one date in the month that did not fall on a Sunday. After choosing the date, they were to attend Mass on that date, and offer it with prayers for priests and religious serving the Church, as well as for an increase in vocations. Thus, they’d attend one extra Mass every month as an offering for vocations initiation and support.

Catholics all over the world now pray for vocations through the 31 Club program. In some cases, parishes are bringing back the program to their locale as part of a renewed effort to promote vocations.

Membership in this club requires one to sign up via a simple form and pledge to attend an extra Mass or make a Holy hour once a month. The person signing up picks any date of the month—from 1 to 31—that suits them; then, they commit to go to Mass on that day each month over the following year…and to devote that Mass to an increase in vocations, and for priests and religious already serving the Church. Club leaders use a special calendar to track the names of members and the days of the month on which they’ve committed to attend the extra liturgies. Signing up for the 31 Club is often facilitated via sign-up sheets at the entrances of churches and notices placed in parish bulletins.

The goal, within a given parish, is to build up enough membership to cover all 365 days of the year.

31 Club membership is open to all—including parishioners who are homebound.

Resources

Reference Materials:

From Vianney Vocations:
31 Club Kit

Pledge form for 31 Club—from Serra Club of North Central Dallas via the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Omaha, NE):
31 Club Pledge Form [pdf]

PDF of parish bulletin from St. Charles Borromeo (OH) with a good example on page 5 (bottom left-hand corner) of a weekly bulletin update regarding a 31 Club; includes a list of people committed to attending an extra Mass that week, a prayer, and information on how to join:
Parish Bulletin: 31 Club Update [pdf]

Web page of the 31 Club of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (Dallas, TX); good example of a concise, easy-to-follow web page for a 31 Club:
Example 31 Club Web Page

Web page of the 31 Club of St. John Vianney Catholic Church (Omaha, NE); good example of a concise, easy-to-follow web page for a 31 Club:
Example 31 Club Web Page

Link to 31 Club Kit on the Serra Store website; this kit includes items for use by 31 Club members, including cards, calendars, and vocations prayers:
31 Club Kit

PDF of parish bulletin of St. Hildegard Parish (Menoken, ND); in the third column from the left, you will see a good example of a brief write-up describing the 31 Club and encouraging people to become members:
Parish Bulletin: 31 Club WriteUp [pdf]

Serra SPARK Helpers©

31 Club Sign-up Sheet:  A MS Word document laid out for 11”x 17” (tabloid paper). It may be edited for local use.
31 Club Sign-up 11×17

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Matthew 9:37-38