National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11Washington DC
October 11, 2017
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the US to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, reminds us that each of us in the Church has a key role to play in the witness of our vocation in ordinary circumstances,
“As we go about our everyday life and most especially this week, we must keep vocations in our prayers, while, at the same time, being a mindful witness with our own vocation,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin. “We may never know how our lives may have an impact on someone else’s story. Simply living out our call as disciples of Jesus Christ fully and joyfully in the world bears witness to the love of Christ as He generously bestows on each of us our own personal call.”
National Vocations Awareness Week is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” Parish and school communities across the nation are encouraged to include, during the first full week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on vocation awareness.
Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the US bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. In order to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort, the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November.
More information and resources for National Vocations Awareness Week, including a prayer card, homily aids, suggested prayers of the faithful, and bulletin-ready quotes are available Online at: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-vocation-awareness-week.cfm.
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, we thank you for
calling men and women to serve in your
Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and
consecrated persons. Send your Holy
Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously
to your call. May our
community of faith support vocations of
sacricial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.