For Parents

For Parents

Adopt-A-Priest or Seminarian

Dear Friends in Christ-

"Adopt-A-Seminarian" is a program designed to encourage and support the young men who are dedicated to fulfilling their call to the Holy Priesthood. "Adopt-A-Priest" is an opportunity to prayerfully support those already ordained priests living the call of service. We invite the people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses to unite in prayer for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

The young men studying at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and the priests of our diocese are very generous with their time and talents. These compassionate men have said “yes” to the many challenges of bringing hope to a broken world where so many souls long to return to our Lord.

We at the Office of Vocations, encourage all families, but especially our parish elementary schools, high schools and PSR programs to **choose a seminarian and/or priest for each class to spiritually adopt and pray for daily. Classes may enjoy writing to these young men quarterly and perhaps arranging for a classroom visit. If you have any questions, please contact Renae Novak in the Office of Vocations at 314.792.6465.

Suggestions on How to Spiritually Adopt-A-Seminarian and/or Priest:

Choose a seminarian and/or priest for each classroom to:

  • Pray daily for your seminarian and for seminarians throughout the world (Mass, rosary, Hour, Adoration, our own words, etc.).
  • Send a note, picture or card on special feast days or holidays.
  • Pray about and ponder your own personal vocational call. 

For more information contact Renae Novak in the Office of Vocations at 314.792.6465.

Letters to parish priests will need to be mailed directly to the parish. For the directory list of all parishes, log onto www.archstl.org.

Vocation Prayer Chalice Program

Dear Friends in Christ,

Now, more than ever, the Church is in need of young men and women eager to commit their lives to serving in a sacrificial way through the priesthood and consecrated life. As you know, this cannot be accomplished without prayer. In 2001, the Office of Vocations developed the Vocation Prayer Chalice Program designed to encourage families to pray together for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

With the help of the Serra Club of St. Louis, we invite your parish to participate in this program and help cultivate a positive environment dedicated to fostering future vocations within the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Vocation Prayer Chalice Program, through a series of reflections, encourages families to participate in regular prayerful discussions about the priesthood and consecrated life.

Each Saturday/Sunday at Mass, volunteer parishioners will accept the responsibility of praying for vocations at home with their family. It is recommended that the priest call the family to the altar after communion to receive the Chalice and prayers. The family takes the Chalice home and displays it in a prominent place of honor for all
members to see during the week. At a special time each day, perhaps after dinner or before bed, the family will come together to pray for and concentrate on vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life and at the same time, explain and prompt young children and teenagers to consider how God is calling them into a deeper relationship with Him.

We encourage each parish to form a Vocation committee to assist the Serra Club and your pastor in beginning the Vocation Chalice in your parish. For more information on how to get started, please contact Renae Novak in the Office of Vocations at 314.792.6465 or Rnovak@archstl.org. Thank you for your prayers and assistance in helping to promote vocations throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Chalice Program-English- page 1.pdf
Chalice Program-English- page 2.pdf
Chalice Program- - Spanish.pdf

Ways to Support Your Priest

Pray
Pray a daily Rosary for your parish priest and encourage others to pray with you. Contact your priest and let him know that you are supporting him through prayer.

Live in Unity
Take an active role in your parish community. Attend Mass weekly and become a good steward by offering your gifts of time and talent. Attend parish sponsored events and/or support your parish financially.

Manage Your Expectations
Remember your pastor and parish priests are only human and while they would like to be present to support all parish happenings and family celebrations, this may be impossible. Be accepting of your priests. Recognize their individual gifts to the parish. Help your priests by informing them of illnesses and special needs within your community.

Avoid Gossip
Come to the banquet of the Lord with a positive attitude and avoid negative talk that may only lead to misunderstandings. Be mindful of how you speak about your parish priest with others, especially around children. If you have a disagreement with your parish priest that cannot be resolved through prayer, honestly and respectfully discuss it with him in private.

Appreciate Your Priests
We all need positive encouragement and priests need affirmation too. Tell your priest when you enjoy a homily. Thank him for bringing Jesus to you. Drop him a note or card to thank him for his dedication to the Lord and the Catholic Church.

Encourage Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life
Help your priests by praying for an increase of vocations. Teach your children and grandchildren to be open to the Holy Spirit and invite young men and women to consider religious life as a vocation. Encourage and support Kenrick-Glennon Seminary by spiritually adopting a seminarian. Volunteer your time with the youth of your parish. Prayerfully support the programs offered by the Office of Vocations.

Support the Archbishop-Be Obedient
Be a good and faithful steward of the Catholic faith by respecting and supporting decisions from the Archbishop and the Pope. By respecting the authority of the Pope and the Archbishop, you are helping make the job of your parish priest easier. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; in all ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6). God’s ways are higher than ours. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As the heavens are above the earth, so are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts".

Saint John Vianney

 

Saint John Marie Vianney
1786-1859
Patron Saint of Priests

John Vianney grew up in France during the French Revolution. His parents were ordinary farmers who taught him the value of hard work, prayer, humility and charity. From a very early age, John was blessed with a great love for God. He worked many long hours in the fields of the family farm and prayer was a constant part of his day. His parents were generous people, sharing what little they had with others. No beggar was ever turned away from his home.

John was blessed with a generous heart and by the time he was eighteen, he felt called to be a priest. He entered the Seminary and while his love for God burned within his heart, he had a very difficult time with his studies, especially Latin. He was slow to understand new ideas and had a very poor memory. He was often teased by other classmates. Dispite this embarrassment, John Vianney was admired for his piety and humility. He continued to struggle with his studies and his Seminary professors worried that he would not make it as a priest. After six months, John Marie Vianney flunked out of the Seminary. Heartbroken, he did not give up. His love for the Lord and desire to be a priest grew stronger.

John Vianney’s parish priest came to his aid, tutored him privately, and in time John passed his exams. At the age of twenty-nine, he was ordained a priest and while his superiors did not want him to hear confessions, he later became one of the greatest confessors the Church has ever known. He became the pastor (curé) of a small church in Ars ,a little town in France. Slowly his parishioners came to love him for his wonderful example of piety, humility and fairness.

By 1828, people were coming from all around, to the confessional. John Vianney often spent eleven or twelve hours in the confessional. The devil came often to John Vianney, tempting him, disturbing his rest, intruding on his prayers and discouraging him from serving his people.

After forty-one years of an incredible life of fasting, prayer and service to the faithful in Ars, he died on August 4, 1859. (August 4th is now his feast day.) John Vianney was canonized a saint in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, after many miracles were attributed to his intercession. This amazing saint overcame many obstacles to fulfill his calling, to love and serve God.

Please pray for the intercession of St. John Vianney for all priests, and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life within the Archdiocese of St. Louis and all over the world.

source: Shrine of Ars:Official Website/arsnet.org

Pray for Our Priests

 Join us as we "Pray for Our Priests".....

We pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and Lord lift up in prayer all those holy men and woman who are studying for or considering vocations within the church.  We call upon St. John Vianney to bless our priests that they might always be faithful to their sacred calling.

He who honors a priest honors Christ;
he who insults a priest insults Christ.
~St. John Chrysostom

Saint John Vianney is the patron saint of priests, but he can also be an inspiration to us all, including the youth who are discovering more about the Catholic faith and a call to holiness. If you are shy, struggle with school work or find it difficult to be obedient, pray to St. John Vianney. The devil often came to St. John Vianney, tempting him to be unfaithful to his people.

Temptations of the devil are real. Prayer, fasting and meditation on the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary are good weapons. St. Anthony reminds us to make use of our temptations as weapons. When we are tempted by pride, we must immediately humble and abase ourselves before God. When we are tempted against the holy virtue of purity through peer pressure or internet pornography, we must strive for holiness, visualizing our bodies as living tabernacles. If our temptation consists in an attitude of having no time to pray, we must say even more prayers, with greater love and meditation. The more the Devil prompts us to give them up, the more we must increase our devotion and strive to spend time before the Lord, perhaps by attending a First Friday Holy Hour for vocations.

 

Dear Lord,
You gave Saint John Vianney the strength to pursue a priestly vocation amid trials and adversity. As a faithful servant he became an instrument of Your love and compassion. Please give me that same strength and faith as I face my daily challenges. I also pray that more people answer Your call for vocations throughout the world. Amen.

 

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