Two days ago, Mr. Tim Glemkowski wrote a fantastic article entitled “The 7 Most Common Mistakes You Can Make While Discerning Your Vocation.” It is full of great advice for all of us and I encourage you to take about 5 minutes and read the article. As an introduction though, here are the 7 mistakes upon which he expounds:
- Religious life is the only path to holiness and marriage is an easy way out
- Not having a spiritual director OR having too many
- Thinking about your discernment too much
- “If I don’t pick the right vocation, I’ll never be really happy.”
- Suffering is a sign that something is wrong
- Chasing your feelings around
- Being unwilling or afraid to commit
Again, these are all common mistakes in discernment and Mr. Glemkowski does a fantastic job of explaining how and why each of these is a mistake that can keep you stuck in your spiritual journey of discipleship. Read it and save the link. You’ll want to read it again.
For more practical suggestions on discernment,click here.
Here is this month’s Clergy Communications submission from the Vocation Office. Please help us spread the word about all that we are doing to build up the culture of vocations in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. For more information about any of these announcements and events, please feel free to reach out to us or contact directly those listed in the announcements.
New Ordination Videos: For the first time, the Catholic Telegraph and the Vocation Office have each created videos from this year’s ordination. The Telegraph created two different videos, a trailer and a full length video of the Mass, and they can be seen here: www.thecatholictelegraph.com/category/vocations. The Vocation Office video which includes brief descriptions about all parts of the ordination Mass can be found here: www.cincinnnativocations.org/category/video. Please share these on your parish websites and social media outlets.
Looking for Visit Opportunities: The Vocation Office is looking for weekday opportunities to come and speak to students in our parish religious education programs, Catholic high schools and grade schools about discernment and vocations. Please contact Fr. Schmitmeyer to schedule these opportunities for the 2016-17 school year.
Attention All Teachers: Vocation Awareness Packets Available: Each year, the Vocation Office makes available complete Vocation Awareness lesson plans for teachers of all grade levels, both in Catholic schools and PSR programs. These educational materials can be used anytime throughout the school year. All parishes and schools have access to those materials at www.vocationlessons.com with access code: CinciVocations513. Please make a plan to view and use these materials in the 2016-17 School Year.
Important Dates for 2016-17 School Year
- Vocation Awareness Week: November 6-13, 2016
- World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: February 5, 2017
- National Catholic Sisters Week: March 5-11, 2017 (part of Women’s History Month)
- Diaconate Ordination (Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains): Saturday, April 29, 2017
- World Day of Prayer for Vocations: May 7, 2017
- Priesthood Ordination: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Elder High School Discernment Group: Starting this Fall, the Vocation Office, with the help of seminarian Jarred Kohn will be running an early morning discernment group once a week at Elder High School. This group is open to any student in grades 9-12 who is interested in seeking God’s plan for his life. Each meeting will consist of prayer and discussion on a topic that will help the participant discern more clearly his vocation. All interested men are asked to contact their pastor or Wayne Topp in the Vocation Office at 513-421-3131 x.2891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 8-9, 2016: Junior High Vocation Retreat: On Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016 Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center is hosting a junior high vocation retreat for young men in grades 6-8. Cast Out Into the Deep offers young men an opportunity to learn more about various male vocations in the church, pray in adoration and Holy Mass and meet other young men who are exploring their call. There will also be time for recreation and relaxation. Those interested are asked to contact Anne at email@example.com or 513-351-9800 x.302. You can also register at www.olhsc.org. Click here for the flyer.
July 15-17: Glenmary Mission Trip: Starting at Glenmary’s Headquarters in Fairfield, Ohio. Visit with Glenmary priests and brothers. Share in community prayer and reflection. Meet other men 18-46 who are discerning their call. Contact us: 513-881-7411 or http://www.glenmary.org/vocationinfo/. Click here for the flyer.
July 17: Coffee and Conversation: On Sunday July 17, join the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor for their 10am Mass followed by Coffee & Conversation and a small art display at St. Clare Chapel, 60 Compton Rd., 45215. Paintings done by our sisters will be available for a nominal donation. All are welcome! Ruthy75@gmail.com or 513-761-9040 x.132
July 24 – 27: Come and See – Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Woman between the ages of 18 and 50 discerning a call to religious life? You are invited to be part of a gathering in Cincinnati Ohio to experience the Charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Meet many of our Sisters, visit local communities and ministries, learn about our worldwide mission and come to know our founder, St. Julie Billiart. Contact Sister Kristin Matthes by June 30th firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-863-1916. Click here for the flyer.
We are excited to release another look at this year’s priesthood ordination! Not only does this allow us to celebrate again the ordination of our 7 new priests, but also it gives a brief explanation of each of the elements of the ordination ceremony! Check it out and let us know what you thought.
Many thanks again the Catholic Telegraph for their great work in providing such a complete look at the priesthood ordination. If you haven’t seen the trailer or the full Mass, I highly recommend taking the time to view those as well!
The Catholic Telegraph today released a video of the complete ceremony from the Priesthood Ordination for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that took place on May 21, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Congratulations to the newly ordained: Father Tim Fahey, Father Matt Feist, Father Chris Geiger, Father Alex McCullough, Father Eric Roush, Father Jason Williams and Father Sean Wilson.
Posted here is the trailer of the ordination Mass. For the full length video go here.
Also, click here to view a gallery of photos taken by the Catholic Telegraph.
The May edition of The Catholic Telegraph is about to hit news stands and front steps and we are excited to read the interviews of the 10 men who will be ordained this year from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Seven of these men will be ordained on May 21, 2016 for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!!
Go here to read what else will be filling the pages of the next Telegraph!
It is incredible to think that over the next month, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will see the ordination of 28 men to holy orders!! Thanks be to God!!
On Saturday, April 30th, 18 men will be ordained as permanent deacons and another three will be ordained as transitional deacons (to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood next year). The 18 permanent deacons will return to their parishes where now they will be able to minister to their parish and be an agent for God’s grace in the celebration of baptisms, weddings and funerals. They are now able to celebrate the rite of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and are able to confer the blessing of Almighty God on those who ask for the first time and for the rest of their lives! Those who have been ordained as transitional deacons will return to their studies in the seminary as they have now made their last step before being ordained a priest next Spring. It is during this ceremony when the men will freely give their promise of celibacy and faithfulness to the Church alone.
On Saturday, May 21st, in one of the most beautiful liturgies the Catholic Church has to offer, the Archdiocese will celebrate the ordination of seven men to the Holy Priesthood! These men will freely give their promise of obedience to the Archbishop, will receive the chalice and the book of the Gospels, will receive the laying of hands and will lay prostrate before the assembly of the people.Upon rising these men will be presented as the new priests of the Archdiocese, ready to join the Archbishop in consecrating the bread and wine on the altar into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ for the first time! They will remain priests forever and will give the rest of their lives in service to this, our local Church!
It is a time of great joy in this Archdiocese! Please come celebrate with these men if you are able. If you are not, please join with them through your prayers.
Today is Spy Wednesday and one of the more spiritually difficult days of the year in my opinion. While today’s Gospel passage is from John 13, where we encounter Judas at the last supper with Jesus, the story from Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 26:14-25) giving us the account of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus where he plans to hand him over to the chief priests in exchange for 30 pieces of silver is our focus here. We all know the story and for me, it is really hard to hear.
Here is a man who has been with Jesus since the beginning. He heard the words Jesus spoke, he listened to his teaching, he shared meals with him and witnessed the many miracles Jesus worked, and yet in Matthew 26:16, it says, “and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” He is willing to just hand Jesus over to the men who want Him dead! It is shocking and sobering. Yet, how well, at times has this story represented the way I have treated my relationship with Christ?! How often have I been willing to give up my faith for those who want Jesus’ name unspoken?
As I reflected more on this one line I was struck by the wording of “looked for an opportunity.” That is what we, who are engaging in the new evangelization, are constantly asked to do. We are asked to look for that opportunity to share the way that Jesus Christ has changed our lives. It is striking that we, who also call ourselves disciples of Christ, who also spend time with him, read his words and ask him to speak to us and perform miracles in our lives and the lives of those we love (and often are witnesses of those miracles!) are presented today with a choice: look for opportunities to hand him over or look for opportunities to hand him on. Today, let’s take on the challenge to do reparation for the sins of Judas and look for the next opportunity to hand on the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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