More than a year ago we in the Vocation Office became aware of a new resource for all parishes to help them in creating a culture of vocations in their parishes and encouraging their young men and women to discern God’s will for their lives. This resource is a book called Hundredfold (also now available in Spanish!). It is a how-to guide for creating and maintaining a vocation ministry in any parish. Today, the author of the book and founder of VocationMinistry.com, Rhonda Gruenewald, released a new video that explains more completely the benefits of this book and the importance of creating a vocation ministry in every parish across the nation. Take a few minutes right now and be inspired!
If you would like to order copies of the book for your parish, go to our Vocation Materials order form and we will ship them to you absolutely free of charge. Once they arrive, let us know and we will meet with you to help you take the first steps in establishing your own vocation ministry.
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!
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.
It has come to our attention that the Vocation Awareness Week materials we purchased and had distributed to each of the parishes/schools in the Archdiocese did not arrive in time to be useful during National Vocation Awareness week. We deeply apologize for this and have contacted the company to determine what went wrong. Be assured that we understand the need for educators to have time to prepare lessons and this problem will not occur again.
While National Vocation Awareness Week has passed we do still encourage the use of the excellent materials available to you throughout the school year. To access the materials simply go to www.vocationlessons.com and type in the access code: CinciVocations513 in the upper right hand corner of the site. You can also order any materials from your packet by contact Vianney Vocations at www.vianneyvocations.com.
For all bulletin editors, this year’s weekly Vocation Views are now completed and ready for use. Please click the link below to download the pdf.
Thank you to all who continue to spread the vocation message in the weekly bulletin. Please continue to pray for more priestly and religious vocations as you also pray for the Lord to direct each of us toward the purpose for which he has created us.
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.
Yesterday, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, issued this letter to be read during all Masses this coming weekend within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build Arnerica’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always Read More
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