Vocation Awareness Information

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National Vocation Awareness Week
 
November 1-7, 2015


 

 

God calls us all to live our faith and seek out our vocation to become a deacon, priest, religious sister, married or single person. Perhaps God is calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life. Will you have the courage to follow your heart? We are all called to love and serve Him and one another. As we continue to walk in the light of Christ and to serve our Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul, may we be filled with the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and seek to forgive all who have hurt us. National Vocation Awareness Week is a time for reflection and during National Vocation Awareness Week, we encourage all Catholics to:

  • Take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
  • Reflect on our own vocation and strengthen our personal relationship with Christ.
  • Educate our young people about the importance of silent prayer and taking the time to truly
  • Listen to God's voice in our hearts.

For more information on National Vocation Awareness Week 2015 visit: USCCB

 VOCATION CONTEST WINNERS-from November 2015

2nd Grade Vocation Prayer 3 Winners
Winners and family will be invited to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for Mass and Brunch
Gavin Jones, Sts. Joachim and Ann School
Natalie Hubert, St. Peter School-St. Charles
Kaitlyn Deters, Holy Infant School

5th Grade Bumper Sticker
1st: $25-Natalie Alferman, St. Francis Borgia School
2nd: $20-Natalie Bruer, Sts. Joachim and Ann School
3rd: $15-Alyssa Pendergast, St. Paul-St. Paul

6th Grade Essay-Girls
1st: $250 Emilee Gettings, St. Joseph Cottleville
2nd: $100 Cailey Southard, St. Clement of Rome, PSR
3rd: $50 Caroline Grace Cunninghame, St. Joseph Cottleville

 6th Grade Essay-Boys
1st: $250 Kyle Granquist. St. Joseph Cottleville
2nd: $100 Alex Niedergeses, St. Joseph Cottleville
3rd: $50 Max Williams, St. Joseph Cottleville

7th Grade Poster- 3 Winners will recieve $20
James Brunts, Academy of the Sacred Heart-St. Charle
Mia Schmidt, Christ Prince of Peace
Grace Schaefer, St. Mary Magdalen, Brentwood

8th Grade-Newspaper Ad-4 Winner will receive $25
Kyle Kissel, Most Sacred Heart School, Eureka
Victor Himich, Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles
Claire Sextro-St. Joseph Cottleville
Kayla Gettings-St. Joseph Cottleville

High School Sophomore Vocation Essay: Attention all Sophomores

Can you tell us about how your relationship with a preist, sister, seminarian or deacon has enriched your life as a Catholic?  Essays must be submitted by February 29, 2016.  See poster for details. Please mail all essays to:
St. Louis Serra Club
Attention: Jeanne Fluri
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119 

Vocation Talk Opportunity with Fr. Brian Fallon

Fr. Brian Fallon, Asociate Vocation Director-Archdiocese of St. Louis, is happy to visit your school to talk with young men about a possible call to the priesthood and share with them the opportunity to take advantage of Kenrick-Glennon Days, a summer discernment camp.  Fr. Fallon is also willing to celebrate a Holy Mass for Vocations with your school community.  Please note that Fr. Fallon is not available on Tuesdays.  If you would like Fr. Fallon to visit your school to talk about vocations or celebrate a Mass for vocations please contact Renae Novak in the Office of Vocations at 314.792.6465 or email Rnovak@archstl.org.  This opportunity is for both grade and high schools within the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

What is a Vocation Committee?

A Parish Vocation Committee is a group of men and/or women dedicated in creating a culture of vocations in the parish environment. The group is willing to devote time, talent and energy to help other parishioners come to a better understanding about vocations within our church today.

A Vocation Committee helps to assure that the parish community remains vibrant through prayer, study and planned activities that is conducive to fostering vocations.  This committee also serves as the connecting link
with the Office of Vocations regarding the progress and activity of the parish vocation committee, engaging in on-going dialogue about how the office can be of assistance – raising questions, concerns and issues for discussion.  This committee must have the support and approval of the pastor and pastoral staff.

If your parish does not have the volunteer resources to form a Vocation Committee, do not let it stop you from fostering a culture of vocations. The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be more than happy to direct you to resources you can share with your parish.  You can take the first step to creating a Vocation Committee at your parish by talking to your parish priests and downloading the Parish Vocation Committee Guidelines. Thank you for your devotion to the Church and your willingness to prayerfully guide your parish in establishing a culture of vocations. 

“Let us do all we can to pursue the path toward unity.”
~Pope
Benedict XVI ~