Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Parish Vocation Ministry Biannual Report “Helpful Hints” Sheet

As you prepare your report, remember that creating a culture of vocation in the parish means that every parishioner knows, by virtue of their baptism, that they are called to be holy and have a vocation, a mission for the kingdom. From this realization, will come involved laity, faithful married couples, prayerful families and an increase in vocations to priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated life for service to God’s people. Remember, every one of us has a vocation!

Have you done any of the following activities in your parish? This is not an exhaustive list! Please tell us about all activities that you have done to create a vocation-friendly environment.

1.     Prayer:

  • Weekly prayers of the faithful
  • Prayer Cards Given Away
  • Prayers in the bulletin
  • Spiritual bouquet for Your Priest, Deacon or Consecrated Religious
  • Holy Hour/Exposition for Vocations
  • Shut-ins Invited to Pray for Vocations,
  • Rosary, Stations of The Cross for Vocations
  • Travelling Chalice/Crucifix/Statue/Rosary program for Families
  • Special Vocation Prayers Said at Mass

2.     Awareness and Education:

  • Bulletin Blurbs emphasizing call to holiness
  • Materials Displayed in Book Rack
  • Homilies on Vocation(s)
  • Seminarian and Consecrated Religious Posters Displayed
  • Vianney Vocations’ Vocation Lessons or Another Curriculum Used in Religious Instruction
  • Guest Speakers on Vocations
  • Lenten Fish Fry or Pancake Breakfast for Vocations
  • World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life Activities Planned
  • Bulletin Board of Engaged Couples Created
  • Seminarians Invited To Visit
  • Festival Table Booth for Vocations Sponsored

3.     Youth

  • Altar Server Recognition
  • Art/Poster/Video Contest
  • Panel Discussion on Vocations
  • Reunion Mass for Those Priests and Religious from Parish/Parish School
  • Included Instruction on Marriage and Vocations in Youth Ministry
  • Identified and Approached Young People Suited to Priesthood and Religious Life
  • National Vocation Awareness Week Activities Planned
  • Diocesan Vocation webpage and resources Utilized
  • Classroom Visits by Priests, Seminarians, Sisters, Sisters in Formation
  • Brought youth to Chrism mass or Ordination To Priesthood

4.     Affirmation: Have you done any of the following in your parish?

  • Priests, Seminarians, Deacons, Sisters, Sisters in Formation Given Cards or Gifts on Birthday, Ordination Anniversary, Christmas, Easter
  • Get to Know Your Priest Questionnaire Answered
  • Planned Activities for Priesthood Sunday
  • Retired Priests and Religious Visited
  • Planned Activities for Marriage Week-any Marriage Celebration,
  • Planned a Reception after Mass for Priests, Deacons