For all those who are looking for this year’s vocation views (small snippets to add to your weekly bulletins), they are now available both on the Archdiocesan website: catholiccincinnati.org and now in our resources page. Thank you for your continued support in helping us to build up a culture of vocations across the Archdiocese!
This weekend offers two fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to praise our Lord in the Eucharist!
On Friday, November 18th, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting another Vigil Praise event in the St. Gregory Chapel from 7-8 pm with a social following the holy hour. This event is led by the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s and features a keynote talk by Fr. Eric Wood, a 2015 graduate of the seminary and parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon and St. Philip, Morrow. He will be speaking on the Year of Mercy and the responsibilities of all Christians found in Matthew 25. This event is open to people of all ages including families!
The very next day, Saturday, November 19th, offers another great opportunity for high school teens to come worship our Eucharistic Lord and to join in a great discussion about most of the permanent vocations of the Church (i.e., priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life and married life) during a Vocation Panel at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township from 6-7 pm. The panel discussion, which will take place in Heritage Hall on the IHM campus includes FREE pizza for all participants and chaperones. Directly following the panel is Encounter, the quarterly Eucharistic worship event for high school teens that leads them in an encounter with Jesus Christ and also allows them the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Encounter will take place in the IHM church. For more information and to complete the necessary permission slip, contact your local youth minister or Encounter Cincinnati.
Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to be close to our Eucharistic Lord and to be challenged by his presence to become the person he has created you to be!
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated on November 6-12, 2016. This is an opportunity for all parishes to raise awareness that we all have a unique purpose, given to us by God our creator and we must all seek after that vocation with great zeal. In particular, we want to pray for good and holy priests to lead us and provide us nourishment for the journey of our discernment and for good and holy consecrated men and women who can provide for us the vision of the heavenly reality where we all will be united fully with our Creator for all eternity.
This is your one-stop shop for all the resources we have to offer. If you don’t see something you were hoping for, please let us know and we will do our best to provide it next year or find it for your this year!
For all teachers/catechists/youth ministers:
Vocation Lesson Plans: www.vocationlessons.com. Enter the code: CinciVocations513 and gain access to lesson plans for every grade and age level up through high school. These are available throughout the year, so feel free to come back often.
*NEW* Vocation Prayer Card in Spanish: We currently have our Archdiocesan Prayer for Vocations in English and have just received our first shipment of the same prayer cards in Spanish. Please let us know how many your parish requires for Vocation Awareness Week and we will ship them to you immediately!
*NEW* Vocation Prayer Card for Children We now have available a new prayer card for elementary school children. The small prayer card features the image of Jesus with children with the words “Who does God want me to be?” on the front and a beautiful, simple prayer to know my vocation on the back. We are accepting orders for these now and are ready to ship them immediately.
ORDER VOCATION MATERIALS! Use this link to order any of the vocation culture materials we have available in our office. There are several different pamphlets, booklets, books and prayer cards. All materials are available for free and we will do our best to respond immediately to all requests!
The Gift of the Priesthood – This series of videos is available online only and is another beautiful witness to the life of priests in our Archdiocese and the joy they find in living out their vocation. Full Video| Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh| Fr. Fernades| The Seminarians| For Parents (each video is less than 10 minutes)
The Man Behind the Collar – This series created by our office is an engaging set of videos that shows the various aspects of a priest’s life told by three different priests. We still have a very limited supply of these available to parishes or you can view them here. Three Priests| Fr. Brausch | Fr. Fox| Fr. Tozzi (each video is less than 10 minutes)
Fishers of Men is still a powerful and engaging video to show young people who have never considered the importance of a Catholic priest. (about 20 minutes in length)
The Face of Religious Life Today – a video created at the direction of many religious communities who serve the Archdiocese of Cincinnati witnesses to the various types of women and men who have chosen to pursue the consecrated life today. (about 5 minutes)
For Love Alone – A video produced by the Council for Major Superiors of Women Religious shares another group of women who have chosen to follow God’s will in their lives. Here is a 2 minute trailer. (Full video is less than 20 minutes.)
Vocation Panel from NRVC – This long video involves a great conversation with various religious men and women. The video is about 90 minutes in length and has many great insights into religious life.
Statewide Adoration for Vocations: Parishes and religious communities from all over the state of Ohio will be joining together to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Check out all the details and join us in prayer!
Bible Reading Novena: The Serra Club of Cincinnati will be reading the entire Bible in 9 days of consecutive prayer for vocations beginning Saturday, November 5 and reading daily from 8am-8pm until Sunday, November 13th. At the beginning and after each book they will stop to pray the Archdiocesan Prayer for Vocations as well as the Memorare. The reading will take place in the Chapel at St. James of the Valley in Wyoming. All are encouraged to come join in prayer and reading of the Scriptures.
Today we are excited to bring you another video from our newly created YouTube channel, Buckeye Vocations. Along with the other five dioceses of Ohio, we will be sharing videos regularly that aid men who are discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. While the videos will be geared toward these men, we hope to make the content good for any Catholic to view and be edified in their own spiritual journey. Subscribe and receive all the latest videos as they are created!
Today’s video features an interview with one of the newly ordained men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Fr. Alex McCullough. Fr. McCullough tells us what it is like to experience the ordination Mass as one who is being ordained. The reflections and the information he is able to offer makes this video well worth your time! You don’t want to miss the moment that most impacted him throughout the ceremony. The answer may surprise you and give you goosebumps! Enjoy!
I just read an article on medium.com from the Heritage Foundation on young adults’ attitudes toward marriage today. While it is true that findings of some research quoted in the article may not necessarily expand to the general population it pointed to a secular realization of a spiritual reality regarding marriage.
As we learned in our interviews with over 100 young adults in a mostly white working-class town in Ohio, most young people are neither adamantly opposed to marriage nor completely supportive: They are conflicted about marriage. They hope to get and stay married, providing for their own children the family stability that many of them did not have growing up.
Young adults today are conflicted about marriage. As the article goes on to explain, they are not opposed to marriage. To the contrary, it seems that they believe marriage is the ideal and it is unreachable. They desire for themselves what they believe marriage should be: long lasting, totally committed (perhaps sacrificial?) love for one person for the rest of their lives. They just don’t think they can attain that given all they have heard and experienced in their personal lives.
So much of that resonates with the state of all vocational discernment today. There are many men and women today who look at the priesthood and religious life and see so many unhappy, unfulfilled men and women. They might also recognize that there are even more who are joyful and satisfied, but they don’t trust that they can become one of the vast majority that is happy.
I believe this mindset is a symptom of not having a personal relationship with our Living God. The truth is, that the more one commits to his relationship with Jesus Christ and dedicates his life to giving it to the Lord, the more likely it is that he will be able to give himself entirely to his spouse (whether that is the Church herself or his wife). He will understand and will have already experienced what it is to think of himself second and want only what the one he loves wants of him. He will have understood that even when much is expected of him or when it seems like he is being put to the test by the one he loves so dearly, it is not for lack of love that he is being tested, but because it is another opportunity to choose to love and to recognize just how much more he can love. In this relationship with God, we learn what it is to trust, to have faith, and to truly love!
Marriage is not something one should have as a goal in life, but it is something into which one is called by God. “Who do you want me to be and how do you want me to serve you?” These are the first questions we should all ask God as we begin thinking about our future. If the answers to those questions lead us to marriage, then it is only through the relationship we have already built with Christ in exploring the depth of those questions that we can take the leap into marriage with confidence.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 240-863-1916. Click here for the flyer.
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