Our Promo Video is FINALLY HERE!

    A few days before Hurricane Harvey hit us in Houston, I received the final version of Vocation Ministry’s promo video, and I am so excited to share it with you. You will hear from Fr. Victor, who invited me to that fateful meeting about "priests and such" SIX years ago this month, and a few sisters, one is Sister Catherine Thomas, DSMME!

    BIG Holy Spirit Moment: I attended Mass at St. Cecilia at our normal time and recognized a religious Sister Catherine Thomas, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Ann Arbor, MI, in the pew behind me. While speaking with her, I almost asked if she would come to the shoot for the video and Mass but did not want to intrude on her few days with her family. Fast forward to my sitting in the pew during the shoot, 20 miles away from St. Cecilia, lamenting the fact that the religious sister we asked to come to the shoot this morning did not come (not her fault). I look up to see Sr. Catherine Thomas coming out of Adoration!!! A real answer to prayer!!!! God bless you, Sister!

    I hope that others feel inspired to promote vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and sacramental marriage at their parishes through this video. Share with others who you would like to help you do this vital work at your parish. Let’s continue to create a culture of vocations.

    Special Thanks go to Knights of Columbus Council 13357 and Serra International Foundation for the funding for this video.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Priesthood Sunday

      October 29

      I hope your plans are underway to celebrate Priesthood Sunday. Help your priest feel as if they have won the Priest of the Year Award by:

      Let all parishioners know about this day ( check out the September Newsletter for ideas and bulletin items for Priesthood Sunday). All prior newsletters can be found at www.vocationministry.com.

      Give parishioners an opportunity to pray and praise their priest.

      Prayer: There are hundreds of ways to do this, but here is a prayer card specifically designed for this day.

      Praise: Have everyone sign a BIG card for your priest. Your parish may be so large that each Mass has its own BIG card. Great! Then display them at the donut and coffee reception on that Sunday. Build him up and let him feel the gratitude and love from your parishioners.

      I LOVE this idea from the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario, CA! Gather a picture of when your priest(s) was younger and share with your parishioners in the bulletin, church email newsletter, or on a poster.

      National Vocation Awareness Week

        November 5-11

        It is almost here!!! The Mac Daddy of Vocation Promotion happens during this Week!

        Remember my advice to start small, keeping in mind what the parish, ministry, and pastor are ready for. If you pick just one of the ideas below to introduce vocations at your parish, school, CCE, or Youth Ministry, you will be doing great! Just do something!

        • Blurb for bulletin
        • Make announcement at Masses about activities
        • Order/Print out Church Book Rack Materials
        • Free copies of Vision Magazine at https://www.vocationnetwork.org/en/orders/index
        • Order Free copies of OYE bilingual Magazine, call 312-544-8200 (Phase I)
        • Ask a priest to speak about vocations
        • Ask a priest or sister to visit education classes and parish school classrooms (Phase II)
        • Give out Table Tents at Masses/Youth group/religious classes (Phase II)
        • Invite married couples to speak to youth group
        • Ask priest to bless married couples at Mass
        • Suggest to teachers to play games and show vocation videos to kids (Phase II online)
        • Buy/print out prayer card for vocations

        Order resources from www.vocationawarenessweek.com

        • Bulletin insert
        • Classroom Consecration Poster
        • Priest Resource Page
        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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