Led by the Holy Spirit, the Vocations Committee of St. Joseph’s Catholic Community, working with clergy and staff, encourages and nurtures a culture in the parish which brings a sharper awareness of vocations to the priesthood and religious life so everyone can hear and respond to God’s call. We also help people understand God’s call to the Christian single life and marriage.
By all means possible share information about religious and secular vocations, most particularly providing opportunities for our young people to be aware of and understand all the vocations to which God may be calling them. Also, we provide information to parents and grandparents so that they support and encourage their children and grandchildren to prayerfully consider a religious vocation.
Meetings are held monthly between August through May via Zoom.
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
For Priestly Vocations
Lord Jesus, You willingly suffered a painful death for the sake of my salvation. Today I join my pain with Yours- my illness, my loneliness, my heartache- for all the sake of the souls in purgatory, and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. Have pity on your servant, Lord, for to you I lift up my soul. Amen.
For Union with Jesus by Archbishop Fulton
Let not my abandonment, and my sorrow, and my bereavement go to waste. Gather up the fragments, and as the drop of water is absorbed by the wine at the offertory of the Mass, let my life be absorbed in You; let my little cross be entwined with Your Great Cross, so that I may purchase the joys of everlasting happiness in union with You. Amen.