Resources for Parishes and Schools

How Parishes Can Promote Priestly Vocations

 

Prayer

 

 Holy Hours for Vocations. Have a special Holy Hour to pray for priestly and religious vocations.

• Rosary for Vocations. During the rosary mention candidates by name.

• 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.

  • 6th Decade for Vocations. Bishop Daly has asked that the faithful in the Diocese of Spokane pray a 6th decade for the Vocations each time that they pray the Rosary. This is an adaptation of a custom of St. Bernadette, to whom appeared Our Lady of Lourdes—the Patroness of our Diocese.

 

Activities

 

• Workshops for Altar Servers. Teach altar servers about vocational discernment.

• Parish Discernment Groups. Small groups of boys or girls led by parish priest or sister, with help from parents, to help them understand vocations. Consider the Melchizedek Project

• 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

• Elijah Cup. In this program, a chalice that is used at Mass it brought home by a different family each week. It is kept in a special place by the family, who prays each day for more vocations.

 

Communication

 

• Vocations library. Keep a special corner of the vestibule stocked with vocation-related materials.

• 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.

• Web page. Create a page on your parish website with vocation information.

 

Other Ideas

 

• Celebrate ordination anniversaries. Honor parish priests and celebrate within the parish and school.

• Support Seminarians. Send greeting cards to each seminarian at the beginning of a new semester,

holidays, exam times, birthdays, ordinations, etc.

• Vocation Director. Invite him to the parish for a weekend, for Mass and a meal with parish families. Contact 

• Best Practices. Click here for a list of best practices and other ideas from the USCCB for generating a culture of discernment in your parish.

Schools and Youth Groups

 

• VocationLessons.com. This K-12 curriculum is integrated with the Diocese of Spokane Religion Curriculum, and adaptable to School, Religious Education, Youth Group, or Homeschool environments. It is free for all who wish to use it. Please contact the Office of Vocations for access codes.

• Teacher & Catechist Formation. Contact the Office of Vocations to schedule a presentation on Vocations for faculty, catechists, or parent group. Presentations can be developed to suit particular situations, and conducted in English or Spanish.

• Awakening the Vision. Print out this handy booklet and distribute to parents, teachers, and catechists.

• Resources from USCCB: Investigate a variety of resources for Elementary, Junior High, and High School from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click Here.

Diocesan Priest.com. An initiative of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, with abundant resources for young men discerning the priesthood,