Change is in the Air!

    Vocation Ministry has seen incredible growth this year. Due to the awesome response to the survey a few months ago, I am excited to announce a ton of powerful resources that we will offer to help serve you, your ministry, and your parish.

    As you may have seen, is always changing, with new and exciting information and ideas added every month. Now, we are developing podcasts, webinars, and other online training opportunities, which will be available soon on

    As a nonprofit organization, we must charge a small fee to help fund these exciting new services. We will continue to offer much of our content for free, but beginning January 1, 2018, we will offer a basic membership that will include access to the phases section of the website, the fees will be as follows:

    Individual Membership
    $4.99 a month or $50 a year (16% discount for the yearly plan)


    Parish Membership*
    $9.99 a month or $99 a year (17% discount for the yearly plan)

    *The parish membership allows Parish Vocation Ministry members to access the resources, and the account will remain active throughout changes in leadership.

    Cards and Gifts for Seminarians and Religious in Formation

      Christmas is the perfect time to collect gift cards or make up care packages for seminarians or Sisters and Brothers in formation.

      If you can’t make this happen before Christmas, start a collection the first of the year for a Back-to-Formation Drive!

      Some items besides gift cards that they might enjoy are: Stamps and Stationary, Coffee, Tickets to events in your town (think ballet, symphony, sports), CD’s of Religious Music, Movies or Movie Tickets, Money, Prayer!

      See the full list and explanation here.

      Here is a bulletin blurb for the Gift Card Collection:

      Would you like to thank our seminarians for studying to become priests for our diocese? Consider giving them an early Christmas present by purchasing a gift card to any restaurant, office supplies store, convenient store, Amazon, or VISA gift card. Please deliver your gift cards to the front office by __________. Thank you for our generous support.

      December Sale at Vianney Vocations!

        Vianney Vocations is having a sale through December 15 on many great vocations resources!

        This is the perfect time to stock up on resources for your Parish Book Rack!

        Check out the Savings, Click here!

        Next Up

          Start planning now for these two dates as they occur quickly after the New Year begins! You can keep it simple if you are in Phase I, but do something for one of these days.

          World Day for Consecrated Life | February 3-4, 2018 (1st Weekend of February)

          Purpose: Recognize those who are from your parish/diocese who are in a religious order, bring awareness to consecrated life

          Ideas: Post picture and info in bulletin or poster at entrance of the church. Further down the road you could ask a religious sister, brother, or priest to give a reflection at Masses on Consecrated Life. Click Here for More Ideas!

          World Marriage Day | February 11, 2018 (2nd Sunday in February)

          Purpose: To affirm those who have said yes to the vocation of marriage, so that they recognize the joys of this vocation as they did on their wedding day. Remember- Marriages striving for holiness = growing, thriving church and vocations

          Ideas: Write a blurb for bulletin, make announcement at Masses, give out marriage prayer cards, recognize couple married longest at Masses, hold a renewal of vows, pray for those in marriage prep as a parish, have some of the married adults working with the teens give their testimony, hold a reception for married couples after Masses. Click Here for More Ideas!

          Keep in Touch!

            Don’t forget to email me back with your stories of triumph or struggle. If you have questions, know that I am here to support you in this mission of Building a Culture of Vocations One Parish at a Time! Email me!

            As always, know that you are in my prayers. If you think of it, please pray for me, too.

            God bless you!

            Rhonda Gruenewald
            Vocation Ministry
            Cell: 281-352-4005

            St. Alphonsus Liguori, Pray For Us!

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