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This coming Saturday, November 7th, the annual Pro-Life Saver 5K will be run out in Anderson Township and given the fervor for the pro-life movement that can so often be found in our seminaries these days, it may not be a surprise that many men from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will be joining in the race whose proceeds go to the Cincinnati Right to Life.
You might be surprised, though, to hear that nearly 20 of the seminarians will be either running or walking in the 5K and all of them will be spreading the message about vocations, too! All of the men will be sporting the Run for the Call team shirts and reminding everyone that, not only are all of us formed in God’s image and deserve the chance at a life of dignity, we are made by God for some definite purpose and our response is to run headlong towards the will of God.
May we all continue to strive for the day when every person is allowed to keep the life and dignity granted him by his Creator and each of us has the courage to seek out and enthusiastically fulfill the purpose for which we are created!
As we enter National Vocation Awareness Week starting this weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest seminarians for the 2015-2016 school year! Because of the prayers of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese, this class has tied the largest incoming class of seminarians in the past 30 years and we pray that the Lord continues to bless this Archdiocese with more young men who are willing to surrender their entire lives to the will of the Lord and that he leads them by his grace to the Holy Priesthood for which he made them.
New College Seminarians: men who are taking undergrad courses at a 4-year university while participating in seminary formation
New Pre-Theology Seminarians: men who have graduated from a 4-year university with a degree in something other than Philosophy or Theology. The church requires that men have been grounded in philosophy before moving onto the study of theology. In addition to that, this time of pre-theology is also a time of spiritual preparation for major seminary.
New Major Seminarians: These men have all the required philosophy courses and are ready to begin graduate studies in Theology.
To learn a little more about all 53 of our current seminarians, go to the Meet the Seminarians page and see what they have to say about what drew them to the seminary in the first place and what advice they can give on how to deal with struggles in prayer.
Vocation Awareness Week is coming in just three weeks! During the first week of November, the entire nation will be celebrating the gift of priestly and religious vocations to the Church as well as remembering the great need and gift the vocation to marriage is to raising saints. During this year for Consecrated Life it is a great idea for young people to see what it means to be a religious brother or sister and some of the religious communities that serve our Archdiocese have made it possible. At this link you will find videos of various lengths for many religious communities that serve both in and around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Check out the descriptions and find a couple videos that will work for your classroom, prayer group, or youth ministry.
Another series of videos has just come to our attention and they are well worth your time: Consecrated in Cleveland. This series of videos explores the many different aspects of the life of one who is called to the consecrated vocation. The videos feature two women from orders present here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the would make a very nice study for Vocation Awareness Week or any other week of the year that fits your home or classroom schedule.
For more Vocation Awareness Week information, click here.
For the second year in a row, every diocese in the state of Ohio will be joining together in Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations on Wednesday, November 4, 2015! This effort will have the great effect of blanketing the entire state with prayer for priestly and religious vocations and give all those who participate the great opportunity to take part in one of the largest prayer efforts many will experience in the local church!
In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we once again have more than 20 parishes participating as hosts for the 7:00-8:00 pm time of adoration and a few others will be offering special opportunities for prayers for vocations on other days during the upcoming National Vocation Awareness Week. To get all the details, click here. There you will find a list and a map of all the participating parishes, the times they are offering adoration (or special prayers for vocations) and how to contact that parish.
If you do not see your parish on the list and would like to see it there, please contact your pastor or contact me, Wayne Topp at 513-421-3131 x.2891.
For other activities happening during National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, click here.
In just over a month from today, the nation will once again celebrate a week dedicated to the prayer for vocations. This is a week when we remember the need of our local church for more seminarians, priests and religious, but it is also a week when we remember that God has created each of us for a definite purpose. While we want to pray for more priests and religious, we need to be open to the calling that God has placed on each of our hearts as well. Have you been created to give yourself entirely to one person for the rest of your life and through that marriage bring forth new life and lead them with you to heaven? Have you been created to give yourself entirely to all the people in a local church at the service of the Gospel and to stand in the place of Christ in the most important moment in the lives of your parishioners? Have you been created to love God above all and to be a bride of Christ, being a witness of the marital union we can all hope to attain one day in heaven? Have you been created to witness to the love of Christ in the world as a single person who is entirely satisfied by the love Christ offers you? Each of these paths are a unique calling and each one of us has been created to follow one of these paths in our own unique way, giving all our gifts and talents to the service of God in the way he has created us to use them!
That is what Vocation Awareness Week is about and that is why we are so excited to celebrate in many ways once again this year:
– Vocation Lesson plans have already been sent out to schools and parishes across the Archdiocese. These lesson plans are for all students in grades kindergarten through high school and also have lessons to share in a youth ministry setting. To access these plans simply go to www.vocationlessons.com and type in the access code CinciVocations513.
– The entire Archdiocese will have the opportunity to join with Catholics from across the entire state of Ohio in Eucharistic Adoration during a Statewide Evening of Adoration on Wednesday, November 4th. All parishes are invited to open their doors for this special evening, but more details along with a list of parishes who have already told the Vocation Office of their participation will be published soon. If your parish would like to join that list, please contact Wayne Topp at email@example.com.
– The Serra Club of Cincinnati will be praying through the entire Bible in a Nine-Day Bible Reading Novena starting on November 2nd. At the beginning of each book they will dedicate their reading to an increase of religious vocations in the Archdiocese and will pray together the Archdiocesan Prayer for Vocations written by Archbishop Schnurr. All able readers are encouraged to get involved by visiting www.fiveminutechurch.net and clicking on the Sign Up Genius link.
This coming Saturday, September 5th is the first ever Defeat Hunger 5K obstacle run being sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Schools office. In response to Pope Francis’ call to end world hunger by 2025, the Archdiocese has initiated a campaign to provide Food for All by collecting 1,000,000 food donations throughout this school year. This race is just one piece of that campaign and it is the goal to collect 5000 in this one day.
Seminarians for the Archdiocese have stepped up to that call! Nine of our seminarians will be participating in the Defeat Hunger 5K this Saturday and all of them will be in the 11:00 wave of the race! In addition to running to end hunger, they also will be representing the Run for the Call cause. Run for the Call is an initiative to spread the message that every single one of us is called by God to fulfill a definite purpose. Many of those being called are being called to offer their lives entirely to one person in the sacrament of holy matrimony, but some are called to offer their lives entirely to the Church in the consecrated religious life or to the priesthood.
Look for the bright, golden-colored shirts on race day and be reminded of your call! Don’t be afraid to chase after it! (And don’t be afraid to pass up some of the seminarians in the process.)
Last night at the Maria Stein Relic Shrine in Maria Stein, OH, lay men and women of the Sidney/St. Mary’s Serra Club gathered together to venerate a relic of a relatively unknown priest in California who was one of the most influential Franciscan missionaries of the United States. Father Junipero Serra worked to establish 9 different missions across what is today known as California and walked on foot, despite a chronically diseased leg, thousands of miles to attend to each of these new missions. He was a powerful witness of the gospel and was revered for his great fortitude and zeal for evangelization. Without a doubt, he was a man worth emulating.
In less than a month, Pope Francis will give us another reason to look more closely at this man’s life as he canonizes him on American soil at the papal mass on September 23, 2015! He will become the first saint to be canonized in the United States and the Serra Club who claimed him as their patron more than 60 years ago is ready to celebrate!
On Wednesday, afternoon, September 23rd at 3:30, all are invited to join the Serra Club of Cincinnati at Ruah Woods for a Canonization viewing party. They will provide drinks and food at no cost and they will live stream the Mass from EWTN in the New Evangelization Center. The celebration will last until 7:00 and all are encouraged to stop in for any and all of the festivities. The evening will conclude with an opportunity to pray for the intercession of the newly canonized saint!
To ensure there is enough food participants are encouraged (but not required) to contact Wayne Topp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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