What can we do as a Family?
To Promote Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life?
Identify the Gifts of Family Members
Through baptism each of us has received special gifts and talents. Reflect as a family on the gifts and talents of each person and how they can be used in service to the family and to your parish. There is a place for each of your unique gifts in the church.
Say Thank You
We all know that it feels good to be thanked for a job well done. Say thanks to a priest or religious. It is encouraging for them to know that their generosity is appreciated and the time they spend in service to the parish community is being recognized. Offering thanks also sheds a positive light on priests and religious.
Find out the anniversary dates of ordination or entrance into religious life celebrated by priests and religious, and send them a card. By this simple act they will be assured of our prayers, support and friendship. It will also serve to reinforce the family atmosphere of the parish community.
The celebration of the Eucharist is a fundamental aspect of our faith. Gathering around the Lord's table will serve to strengthen the bond in your own family and the bond you share with your parish family. It is a strong parish family that produces priestly and religious vocations. Bring your children. They add life to the celebration!
Get to Know Priests and Religious.
Whether it is sharing a meal, taking a walk, or simply having a conversation, make an effort to get to know priests and religious. Your communication and respect will foster a greater awareness and understanding of priesthood and religious life in the family.
Participate in Parish Activities
A healthy parish community includes the participation of all its members. The involvement of your family in the activities offered in your parish will help create the life-giving environment necessary for the nurturing of religious and priestly vocations.
Recall times in your lives when a priest or religious showed kindness to you and helped make a positive difference. Have the children share an experience too. Talk about what these men and women mean to you and the services they offer to God's people, the church.
Of all the ways we can work toward the increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, prayer is undoubtedly the most essential. Make a commitment to pray for Vocations everyday as a family, perhaps at mealtime. Also, consider praying for a particular priest or religious in your parish.
Do Acts of Charity
In the Gospel Jesus directs us to love our neighbor and he calls us to serve one another. There are varied ways that we can behave charitably and serve the Lord gladly. Look into ways that your family can generously meet the needs of your neighbors. Having a charitable heart is the core of priestly and religious vocations.
Remember That Your Home is the "Domestic Church"
Parents are the first teachers of the faith to their children and the home is where early formation occurs. Create a climate within your home that will foster and encourage all members of your family to live out the vocation that God has planned for them. Pray, read spiritual books, and talk about your faith. Let your home truly be a dwelling place for the Lord!