The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is Sunday May 15th. Encourage your parish to participate:
- General Intentions
- Bulletin Announcement
- Prayer at the end of all Masses
- Eucharistic Adoration:
- The Rosary
- Holy Hour
- Family retreat
On Saturday, April 9, more than 130 parishioners from throughout the Diocese attended the annual Diocesan Vocations Workshop at St. Margaret Mary Parish in
The workshop began with a concelebrated Mass by Bishop Noonan and other priests from the Diocese, with a group of seminarians participating in various liturgical roles. At the end of Mass, the Bishop gave an informal talk and thanked the Office of Vocations staff for their dedication to our overall vocation efforts.
Fr. Jorge Torres, the incoming Director of Vocations for the Diocese, gave an inspirational keynote address. Fr. Miguel Gonzalez (current Director), did a great job in serving as emcee for the workshop. He now serves as parochial administrator for St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
High points (based on evaluation/feedback forms) were:
- The Bishop’s Mass, homily and after-Mass “meeting.”
- Fr. Torres’ talk: Vocations start with “Love of Jesus.”
- Presentation by St. Matthew Vocations Team; (VAST…Vocations Awareness Support Team)…a great video and Power Point presentation on their successful Parish Vocations Committee Program…followed by much discussion and sharing.
- Presentation by Ascension Parish Vocations Committee, showcasing their challenges and successes…again, followed by much discussion and sharing.
- Seminarian picture/prayer cards. The seminarians distributed cards, (designed and paid for by St. Paul Basilica/Daytona Beach) each with a picture of one of our current seminarians…and on the back, a prayer for support of that seminarian’s “call”. (Could be distributed to Vocations Prayer groups and through the Ministry to the Sick Communion initiative…etc)
We now have 32 men from our Diocese in the seminary with four more entering in mid- August…Pray for them! (One idea that drew a lot of support, was inviting a seminarian (s) to visit your parish, meet with the school, CCD and Youth groups).
VOCATIONS SUPPORT MATERIALS
As you probably know, NCCV has closed down as the focal point (catalogue) for vocations support materials as of March 31st. However, you can still go to their web-site (http://www.nccv-vocations.org/) and find references to other sources and publications for such materials. We are in the process of trying to develop a list of alternate sources. NCCV is a great loss, since many of the other publishers do not have a “vocations” inventory category.