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Several times a year, the Church provides opportunities for the faithful to celebrate vocations. Four such events are World Day of Prayer for Vocations, National Vocation Awareness Week, World Day for Consecrated Life, and Priesthood Sunday.
Thanks to the efforts of lay groups—such as Serra—and the USCCB, there are numerous 'planning kits' available online which can streamline the process of planning for these events.
Typically, these kits include such items as prayers, liturgy planning guides, bulletin announcements, and cards. They're often available in downloadable format as ready-to-print PDFs.
Celebrating vocations is an important part of community life in the Church.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations, National Vocation Awareness Week, World Day for Consecrated Life, and Priesthood Sunday are all events through which the Church provides opportunities for the faithful to celebrate vocations. Some of these events are rather new, while others go back decades—for example, observance of National Vocation Awareness Week started in 1976.
Thanks to the efforts of lay groups and the USCCB, there are several 'planning kits' available online. Using these kits can streamline the planning process.
These kits are often available in downloadable format as ready-to-print PDFs. They typically include such items as prayers, liturgy planning guides, bulletin announcements, and cards.
Several such kits are available via the links in the next section of this summary, 'additional resources.' Additionally, since, as the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of New York has noted, “Our first priority in promoting vocations is to pray,” that section includes links to vocations prayers to be used during the Prayers of the Faithful within the Mass—as well as the previously mentioned prayers.
Website devoted specifically to Priesthood Sunday—as supported by USA Council of Serra International (with resources including Priesthood Sunday cards—scroll down about two-thirds of the way down the main page; they're in the right-hand column:
PDF of list of Prayers of the Faithful for Priesthood Sunday—from the Diocese of Dallas (TX):
Materials for Priesthood Sunday — from the Catholic Community of St. Luke the Evangelist (Houston, TX); includes items such as thank-you cards, prayers, and lesson plans (English and Spanish):
Official website of World Day of Prayer for Vocations (with resources to be used at Mass and prayer):
PDF of planning kit for World Day of Prayer for Vocations from US Council of Serra International; includes such items as prayers, bulletin announcements, liturgy planning guide:
Page from USCCB website dedicated to World Day of Prayer for Vocations; includes numerous resources:
Page from USCCB website dedicated to National Vocation Awareness Week; includes numerous resources:
PDF of planning kit for World Day for Consecrated Life—from the Diocese of Brooklyn (NY):
Page from the USCCB website dedicated to World Day for Consecrated Life (with promotional resources):
Page from the website of the National Catholic Educational Association regarding 'Inspiration and Ideas' for celebrating vocations:
Page from the vocations website of the Augustinians (religious order) detailing parts of the vocations story of St. Thomas of Villanova:
Page of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Phoenix (AZ) with a photo essay depicting how local faithful celebrated vocations in their diocese during a special event in 2016:
Page from the website of the Alliance for Catholic Education from the University of Notre Dame; this page contains a reflection on celebrating vocations with the context of Catholic Schools Week:
SPARK: Built by Serrans for Vocation Directors.
A service of Serra International, United States Council, in collaboration with the NCDVD.