National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the
dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated
life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those
who are considering one of these particular vocations. United States
At this time all Catholics are encouraged to take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Today with the loss of so many Catholic schools, it is up to parents and other lay people to educate our young people about the importance of silent prayer, taking the time to truly listen to God's voice in their hearts. Only then can they develop a readiness to give themselves to a life of sacrifice, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
We have spoken in past Blogs of the youth who come each summer to spend a week here in work and prayer. They come through a local SERRA CLUB, an organization to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life
USA was formed in 1935 when a small group of lay
people in decided to form. They chose Father Junipero Serra, the great
missionary, as their patron and named the organization SERRA Club of Seattle. Seattle
Now Serrans are found around the world. They are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. Members range from lawyers, doctors, and business people, to nurses, clerks, stay at home workers, and retirees. All are dedicated to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood in the Catholic Church as well as encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life.
Whatever is the need to support Priests and Religious, members of Serra are ready to move ahead and follow the words of St. Junipero Serra. His motto was “Always forward, never back.”
Vocation Prayer Seattle
God our Father, You call each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire those whom you call to priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.