January 13, 2007

Vocations

Well, I completely spaced that the 6-14th was National Vocations Awareness Week. Here we are at the end of it.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has a Vocations web page with some upcoming events for anyone discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

Remember, even if you don't have a call to the priesthood or religious life, we all have a vocation. "The lay faithful have as their own vocation to seek the Kingdom of God by illuminating and ordering temporal affairs according to the plan of God. They carry out in this way their call to holiness and to the apostolate, a call given to all the baptized." (#188, Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

In many parishes of this Archdiocese the following prayer (or a similar variation) is recited at every Sunday Mass:

O God, we earnestly ask you
to Bless this Archdiocese
with many priests, brothers and sisters
who will love you with their whole strength
and gladly spend their entire lives to serve your church
and to make you known and loved.

Bless our families
Bless our children

Choose from our homes those needed for your work

Mary, Queen of the clergy

Pray for us
Pray for our priests, religious and deacons
Obtain for us many more

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