Holy Orders - Vocations
The goal of this ministry is to foster and support vocations to the priesthood, sisterhood, brotherhood, and permanent deaconate by creating a “culture of vocations” within the parish.
Vocation Chalice Program:Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations. A vocation is a call from the Holy Spirit, a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer. When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women whom He is calling to follow Him in a very special way.
At Christ the Redeemer, the Vocation Chalice program was begun to provide each family/individual of the parish an opportunity to promote vocations through prayer. Each weekend after Communion at one of the Sunday Masses, the assigned family or individual is called forward by the priest to receive a special chalice and be commissioned to pray for vocations that week on behalf of the entire parish community. They are asked to place the chalice in a prominent place in their home, and to spend some time each day praying for vocations. Our families have been praying for vocations with the Chalice since January 2007.
If you and/or your family have not had the opportunity to pray with the Vocation Chalice, don’t miss out on this exceptional experience! We have made it easy for you. A prayer booklet is provided with the chalice, which includes suggested prayers. It also contains family discussion questions to give you an opportunity to talk about vocations with your children. In addition, 2 very inspirational, youth-friendly, 15-18 minute DVDs are provided, as well as a journal to read about other families’ experiences with the chalice and write about your own.
To participate, please click on the Vocation Chalice Signup link below. It will direct an email to Pam Johnson, a member of the Vocations Committee. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and the Mass you normally attend; and Pam will contact you to schedule your week with the Chalice.
Vocation Chalice Signup
"When one prays for vocations, one learns to look with the wisdom of the Gospel at the world and at the needs of life and the salvation of every human being." - Pope John Paul II
CALLED BY NAME:The Called by Name initiative at Christ the Redeemer has 2 important elements. First, it is an opportunity for all parishioners to identify boys, girls, men and women whom they believe to have the qualities desired in a priest, sister, brother, or deacon and submit the names of those persons to the Parish Vocation Committee.Secondly, it provides the youth who are nominated with support and opportunities for activities, service and formation in an atmosphere where they can talk and ask questions without fear of pressure or ridicule that may be experienced in their everyday social circles.
If you know someone of high school age whom you feel has the qualities to make a good priest or religious, please click here to submit their name and contact information to the Vocation Committee. The link will direct an email to Mikki McCarren, the chairperson of the committee.
It is the desire of every parent to see their children grow to be fulfilled, happy, and successful in life. True fulfillment, happiness, and success are firmly rooted in discovering and embracing God's will. The greatest gift a parent can offer is encouragement and support for this journey.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church recognizes the vital role of parents in vocation promotion:
"Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God" (#2226) and "they should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation." (#1656)
While each child and family is unique, many experience common questions and concerns regarding vocations, particularly those of priesthood and consecrated life. It is our hope that the materials offered here will assist you in your privileged role as parents.
If you would like additional information or guidance, please contact the parish vocations committee.
Suggestions for Nurturing Vocations
Vocation Ideas for Parents
Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
Parent's Prayer for Vocations
Roman Catholic Vocations - the most comprehensive website available, which has compiled all things related to Catholic vocations including a myriad of links to religious orders, discernment sites, resource sites for all vocations including marriage, and videos as well as prayers, articles, talks, recommended reading and the most recent news about vocations.
Why Not Priest?
The Holy See's Congregation for the Clergy
Join the 31 Club
Vocation Quest for Women