One Year Later...

One year ago, Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry was released. I had no idea if anyone would read the book, let alone put its ideas and suggestions into practice in their parishes! Praise God, they did!

YOU did!

Since the launch, this has happened:

  • 3,000 books have been ordered
  • 1,300 parishioners and priests have gotten involved in vocation ministries
  • 30 dioceses ordered in bulk to distribute books to parishes
  • 10 dioceses have held Hundredfold Workshops or Presentations

Keep the late Mother Angelica’s proposition in mind as you are building a culture of vocations at your church:

“Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous.”

    Vocation Bible School
      Speaking of doing the ridiculous, how about introducing vocations to all the kids during your parish’s Vacation Bible School?

      Vianney Vocations has introduced some awesome name tags that can be used at Vacation Bible School, and I can think of a myriad of other events that they would be great at: altar server celebrations, new student orientation at parish school, and first day of CCD (religious education).

      They also have cut-outs of a sister, brother, or priest so the kids can get their photos taken and imagine themselves, if only for a moment, in that vocation. Pass these ideas along to your priest or Director of Religious Education quickly! Many parishes have VBS in July, so let’s get busy!

      What does a Vocation Ministry do during the summer?

      Some ministries take the summer off from meetings, but keep the monthly events like Adoration for Vocations going. Other ministries continue to meet, and I would advise those ministries to start planning for the fall for Priesthood Sunday (October 30, 2016) and National Vocation Awareness Week (November 6-11, 2016).

      These events seem so far away, but they will be here before you know it. If you are a new ministry, consider holding a prayer drive for Priesthood Sunday, which is so easy to implement.

      For National Vocation Awareness Week, are you going to invite a joyful witness from your parish who has answered the call to the priesthood or religious life to speak to the children at the parish school or religious education classes? Would you like your priest to speak about vocations at the masses that weekend?

      Will you blanket your parish in prayer cards or bookmarks for the youth, like these?

        Keep in Touch!

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

          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

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