This ready-to-print booklet was prepared by the Office of Vocations. It includes a litany prepared specially to recognize the patrons of all the parishes of the Diocese of Camden.
Parish Toolkit #3
How can I utilize the internet as a means to encourage young men and women who might feel called to priesthood or religious life?
Most parishes have already created excellent websites or have the means to improve them in order to include a section directed particularly to vocations. Pictures and information on the diocesan seminarians as well as upcoming events, retreats etc through the vocation office could be regularly made available to the parish. Vocation stories of the parish priests, sisters, deacons along with varying parishioners could be shared. Compelling stories from family and friends involving priest, deacons and religious could be very encouraging The inspiring stories of saints could also encourage individuals to turn to God more regularly in discerning their call. The parish website could also be utilized by the vocation team of the parish to get information out regarding activities they are hosting. Those who are considering a call to the priesthood, religious life or diaconate could turn to the parish website to get information for directions on what steps to take and for additional support from the parish community. Individuals should be chosen who will update and keep this site active weekly/ monthly.
Parish Toolkit #2
How can I promote vocation recruitment in my parish?
There are several ways in which recruitment and encouragement of vocations can be fostered in the parish setting through the formation of a vocation team ministry who could provide varying gatherings etc which would offer opportunities to meet others who might feel called. Those who should be considered for this team would be the priests of the parish, deacons, religious, youth/ young adult leaders, dre/cre, parents active in the parish, single adults and high school/ college age parishioners. The objective of this group would be to reach out and to foster vocations within the parish through meetings, dinners in the rectory, prayer meetings, discernment gatherings. creatively offering varying ways to bring together individuals who might be considering a vocation to priesthood or the religious life. Lectures, movies and personal invitations to individuals are all good ways of connecting with the parish. Speaking at masses is another excellent forum to encourage others and make people aware of vocation programs. Have a member of the vocation team be liaison to the diocesan vocation office where resources etc could be made available to the parishes. There are many books, DVD’s, activities that the vocation office has on hand to provide to those interested.
Parish Toolkit #1
Priestly Vocations Pastoral Priority
How can we promote vocations through prayer in our parishes?
Prayer is essential to promoting vocations in our parishes and in the church as a whole.
There are a great many ways in which this can be fostered and encouraged.
- A daily insert in the intercessions at Mass can be added for all Masses throughout the year.
- A specific prayer can be written that could be prayed at the end of Mass or in Religious Ed/ parish school with the students each day.
- The announcements can be a great place to weekly remind parishioners to pray for vocations as well.
- A prayer card can be written that families could take home to pray together each night.
- The names of the seminarians or priest and religious within the particular parish could be added.
- An invitation to residence of senior homes within the parish boundaries could be considered as well as the sick and homebound visited by Eucharistic ministers.
- Home Masses would also be a tremendous way to encourage prayer for vocations and offer opportunities to more personally get to know ones parish priest.
- A Chalice could travel from home to home in which families could be reminded to pray for vocations and the parish priest.
Volunteers in the parish would need to be formed to implement these objectives or these could be accomplished through the parish liturgy committee.
The Vocation Office would gladly assist in this area with supplies, prayer cards and anyway they could assist the parish.
Contact Fr. Michael Romano at 856-583-2864 or Linda deCosta at 856-583-2858.
Several years ago, Catholics in South Jersey expressed their concerns about Priestly Vocations to Bishop Galante during a series of Speak Up sessions. They said they were concerned about “aging, retiring priests, attracting young men to