Venite incipere! - Let us begin!
We at St. Mary Parish are very excited as we begin a new Vocations Ministry. The main mission of our Vocation Ministry is to help all parishioners discern God's will in their lives regardless of the vocation - to call all people to holiness. If our ministry focuses on this goal, over time vocations will increase, including more seminarians, religious men and women in formation, and holier marriages.
Some ministries center their attention only on how many individuals from their parishes choose to become priests, monks, brothers, sisters, or nuns, but ultimately God calls those he chooses for this holy work. The work of the Vocation Ministry is to pray and to develop uplifting, encouraging, educational activities that create a fertile environment so that God can plant the seed and the Holy Spirit can water that seed in the hearts of individuals.
The expectation is that our Vocations Ministry will start small and simple, and then grow in size and depth.
The most influential factor is prayer and so that is where we begin! Starting on May 23, 2019, every Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 PM we will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in St. Mary Church to pray for vocations in our parish and diocese.
Come & Pray!
As part of our Vocation Ministry, we are forming a Vocation Prayer Apostolate. The Vocation Prayer Apostolate is a spiritual army of women and men—many who are homebound, in hospitals, and in nursing homes—who offer up their suffering for an increase in priestly vocations. There is an ancient tradition of offering up suffering to God, beginning in the Old Testament and culminating with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We ask the thousands of ill Catholics in the diocese to join the ranks of the saints who have offered up their suffering for spiritual gain.
The Vocation team will assemble and train parish members (Vocation Prayer Apostolate team) to visit the sick and homebound, as well as those in nursing homes. People who are visited will be invited to enroll in the Vocation Prayer Apostolate. They will bring Vocation Prayer Apostolate brochures and discuss this special and most important ministry.
If you are currently visiting or bring Eucharist to shut-ins or people in hospitals or nursing homes, please contact Mary K. at the parish office.
If you know someone who is homebound or in a nursing home or long-care facility, please add this person to our prayer and visiting list.
We look forward to further developing this ministry and working with the members of our parish in most need of our presence.