Doing the Priest Shuffle!

    You know summer is the time to get outside, BBQ, and meet your new priest! If a priest has reached that time of reassignment, which is different for each diocese, he will typically move in June or July. This is the time to welcome him with open arms and find out more about him! Invite him to dinner and tell him about your Vocation Ministry. Let him know that you are there to help him create a vocation-friendly environment in any way he would like. Invite him to your next meeting to meet everyone.

    Let him know that you would like to host, with the rest of the parish, a welcoming reception (you know the options and your budget). Note: If your pastor needs to be installed by the bishop, you will want to wait until that time to hold as nice of a reception as your parish can manage.

    Don’t forget to ask your priest to fill out the Get to know your Priest Questionnaire. Let him know that it will help with gift-giving throughout his time at the parish! You can either put the answers one-by-one in the bulletin or on a display at his welcome reception or both! Keep it fun!

    Lastly, if you are receiving a new priest, that may mean that your priest is moving parishes. Make sure that your priest feels much love from the parish as he transitions. Throw him a parish party and celebrate all that he has done for your parish!

    World Priest Day is June 23!

      World Priest Day (AKA World Day for the Sanctification of Priests) is all about praying for your priest and his sanctification! You can hold a prayer drive, a Holy Hour in honor of your priest, or pass out prayer cards. Every day our priests pray for us and our intentions as they preside over Mass, hear confessions, baptize our children, or bury our loved ones. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will come down upon him and light his heart anew for the priesthood.

      Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our priests in the midst of their work at the parish. Comfort him in his afflictions. Give him health of body, assistance in his temporal needs, and your blessing on all that he does. Amen!

      And Mary's 'Yes' Continues

        I am so excited to share with you a NEW discernment resource for women!! And it comes from the amazing Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Ann Arbor, Michigan!!! You have probably heard of these amazing evangelizers, who have over 1 MILLION Facebook followers! They teach in many of the dioceses in the country, and now their Co-foundress and Vocation Director Sr. Joseph Andrew has written a book called And Mary’s Yes Continues providing a much-needed inside view to vocation discernment. You can buy this book at

        Speaking of Discerners, is your church book rack a resource for those discerning the priesthood and consecrated life? If not check out the updated Discerning? page at Priests, Sisters, and Bishops have recommended books and brochures for discerners, including Bishop Robert Barron’s new free eBook How to Discern God’s Will for Your Life.

        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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