Vocations News Briefs for March

 

1. Vocations Workshop

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan to attend or be represented at the annual Diocesan Workshop for Vocations on Saturday, April 9th at Margaret Mary, Winter Park.  If your schedule permits, join Bishop Noonan for the celebration of Mass at 9 a.m.  The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m.  All priests in the diocese will receive a personal invitation to attend (or to be represented).  There is no charge for the workshop. 

In order for us to plan lunches and facilities, please let us know ASAP how many from your parish plan to attend.  Contact Juanita Lacy at jlacy@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4875.  Thank you for your support of this important initiative.  

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1. Vocations Workshop

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan to attend or be represented at the annual Diocesan Workshop for Vocations on Saturday, April 9th at Margaret Mary, Winter Park.  If your schedule permits, join Bishop Noonan for the celebration of Mass at 9 a.m.  The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m.  All priests in the diocese will receive a personal invitation to attend (or to be represented).  There is no charge for the workshop. 

In order for us to plan lunches and facilities, please let us know ASAP how many from your parish plan to attend.  Contact Juanita Lacy at jlacy@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4875.  Thank you for your support of this important initiative.  

2. NCCV Catalogue Closing

The National Coalition for Church Vocations (the central resource catalogue for vocations) is having a HUGH INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE.  This is an excellent opportunity to support your school faculty and religious education teachers with vocations-related support materials.  You can order on-line at www.nccv-vocations.org (a secure website) before March 31st

(Note:  Vocations Services has a recommended list of materials for a Vocations Support Library.  If you would like a copy, send email request to motzellw@earthlink.net .) 

3. Kudos

To Knights of Columbus Father Eamonn Gill Council.  The Council leads the Rosary for Vocations after Mass every Saturday morning.  They also “sponsor” a seminarian.  On Saturday, January 22nd, seminarian George Nursey joined them for Mass (distributed Communion and gave a brief talk after Mass), then prayed with them the rosary for vocations.  He then gave an excellent, informal talk about his “discernment.”  Breakfast followed.  Encourage your parish to invite a seminarian to visit… 

(If you know of a group, parish, or individual that deserves a KUDO…send that information to motzellw@earthlink.net. and we will pass it on.  Thanks!) 

4. Parish Vocation Committees

If your parish does not have a Vocations Committee (or support group), and would like to explore the concept, the Diocesan Vocations Services group has an updated presentation to help you get started, including resource materials.  We have also updated our “Great Ideas” and “Vocations Support Library” documents.  For additional information contact Bob Grudzinski at sbia4u@msn.com or 321-269-4781…or Bill Motzel at motzellw@earthlink.net or 386-676-7766. 

Encourage your committee chair(s) or Parish Vocations Contact to sign on to e-scroll.  Contact Sr. Kathleen at kpower@orlandodiocese.org with a request to be added to the e-scroll distribution list, along with the name of your parish and your interest in vocations. 

5. Pray for Them

We have 31 men in seminary studies and three women preparing for application to religious communities.  Pray for them!