The Second Vatican Council recommended all parish communities to further vocation awareness in their parishes. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, wrote the following in his Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis:
The pastoral care of vocations needs to involve
the entire Christian community in every area of its life.
We cannot create a “vocation”; only God can do that. But we can, through prayer and promotion, make our parish community more “vocation conscious” and help each individual listen to what God is calling them to do with his/her life.
What You Can Do
Encourage fellow parishioners to pray for, learn about, support, and recruit vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
Attend a Holy Hour for Vocations in the Diocese. Go to the Diocese vocation website for schedules.
Support our seminarians and men and women in formation for religious life. If you, your family, prayer group, school or faith formation class would like to “adopt” a seminarian, contact the Raleigh Diocese Office of Vocations
Have another idea of how you or our parish can help promote vocations? Contact Fr. Bruce
Are you a lay person interested in involvement in a Lay Order? Speak to one of our parishioners about her experience with the Lay Missioners of Charity.
The Lay Missionaries of Charity or LMC’s are a branch of the Missionaries of Charity of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The LMC’s have as their focus growth in holiness of the family, after the example of the Holy Family. LMC’s are family oriented, parish centered and at our essence,”contemplatives in the heart of the world.” By doing “small things with great love” we strive to bring the presence of God to all those we meet.
In a letter of 1993, written from Calcutta, Blessed Teresa wrote: ” What Jesus wants from you as an LMC is deep love for your own, compassion and forgiveness, loving to the very limit of love, the cross. Make your home another Nazareth, where prayer and work love and sacrifice fill your days.” Our life is a life of prayer and service which bears fruit in the world.
Learn more at www.laymc.com Lay Missionaries of Charity
Contact Connie Herchenroder 874-9980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In keeping with Bishop Burbidge’s request for us to set aside every First Friday to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we ask our parish community to keep in prayer our Jesuit and Diocesan seminarians.
Priesthood Discernment Group
Adult Catholic men between the ages of 17-48 discerning a possible call to Priesthood are invited to the Priesthood Discernment Group meetings which are typically held on the third Saturday of each month. If you are just beginning to contemplate a vocation or are more serious about a call to priesthood please consider attending this group. The Priesthood Discernment Group provides a fraternal environment in which to discuss your discernment of a possible call to Priesthood with other men who are also examining the call. The group discusses issues central to the call and does so within the context of prayer, presentations, and discussion. The morning begins with Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral at 9:00AM. Coffee and doughnuts will be available in the Office of Vocations after Mass (two doors down from the Cathedral). Morning Prayer, a discussion/presentation about discernment/Priesthood, Daytime Prayer, and lunch follow.
Women’s Prayer Group for Vocations
Adult Catholic women between the ages of 17-45 who are committed to praying for vocations, growing in holiness while in the midst of the world, and discerning the call of Christ are invited to the Women’s Prayer Group for Vocations. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month and begin in Sacred Heart Cathedral with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7pm followed by Benediction. At 8pm the group moves to the Office of Vocations for fellowship and discussions. Meetings end by 9pm.
Quo Vadis Group for High School Boys
High school aged boys are invited to attend the Quo Vadis Group, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Quo Vadis provides a fraternal environment and an opportunity to gather for fellowship, prayer and a discussion on discernment and vocations. Please contact the Office of Vocations for more information at 919.832.6279.