There are many things your parish can do to support vocations within the Church.
Eucharistic procession for vocations. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, consider dedicating your Eucharistic procession to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Mass prayer petitions for priestly vocations. Consider having your parish offer a Prayer of the Faithful petition for vocations to the priesthood on the first Sunday of each month, to further unite the Archdiocese in prayer for an increase in our priestly vocations. Use the other Sundays of the month for other vocations. See below for prayer petitions.
Bulletin announcements. Keep the parishioners aware of vocation opportunities by putting announcements in your bulletin on a regular basis to promote vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life.
Poster/coloring/essay/video/contests. Organize a contest with a vocations theme for students.
Vocation stories. Invite priests to tell their vocation stories at parish events.
Workshops for altar servers. Teach altar servers about vocational discernment.
Collaboration with boy scout troops. Scouting has long been a friend of vocation promotions. There is even a special camp at Philmont for boys considering the priesthood.
Attend ordinations. Coordinate for confirmation students or youth groups to attend an ordination.
Vocation fairs (CAVA). The Chicago Archdiocese Vocation Association (CAVA) offers Vocation Fairs at parishes throughout the Chicago Archdiocese. These Vocation Fairs provide an opportunity for you to learn about vocations to religious life and the priesthood. Contact the Vocations office for more information.
National Vocation Awareness Week. Materials are provided by the USCCB.
Vocation parish contacts & promotions. The Bishops have asked pastors in the six vicariates to identify people to be Vocation Parish Contacts to help promote vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life. Both formal and informal training is available. To date, 82 parishes have participated in one of the trainings, representing all six vicariates. Participants include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and parishioners. The trainings provide a multi-media interactive opportunity to share and unite all the vocation efforts in our parishes and create parish action plans.
Contact Fr. Tim Monahan at the Vocations Office for more information and download the Parish Vocation Checklist.