Parish Groups

Parish Groups

Parishioners participate more fully in the life of the parish through their involvement in parish groups. A parish that seeks to encourage vocations and create an atmosphere that nurtures them can establish a policy that each group includes at least one vocation-related activity in its plan for the year. These activities can be very simple or quite complex, involving some funds or no funds, and should be tailored to the resources of the group. They provide opportunities for parishioners to be exposed to Sisters and Brothers in addition to the priests and deacons of their parish.
Whether a member of a small parish group (such as a Bible study, a Council of Catholic Women Circle, a men’s group, a Moms’ group, an RCIA class or a Parish Vocations Team) or a member of a large parish group (such as the Knights of Columbus, the Council of Catholic Women, or the Society of St. Joseph), there are important roles for all group participants to play.

The Role of Small Parish Groups

What can I Do?

  • Have each person take a day of the week and pray a Rosary (or decade) for vocations. (For a more involved activity, invite the parish to participate in this.)
  • Ask a group member to send out monthly reminders to each day’s prayer warriors. Include a short paragraph on a vocation topic of interest
  • Adopt a religious community present in the Diocese and pray for the members of the Order who live there
  • Pray for those who have served the Diocese but no longer reside there as well as for those who served the Diocese and are now in eternity
  • Write a note of support to a seminarian or retired priest
  • Invite a priest, Sister, Brother, or seminarian as a speaker for one of your group’s meetings or events

The Role of Large Parish Groups

What can I Do?

  • Have each person take a day of the month and pray a Rosary for vocations.
  • Send care packages to our seminarians and retired priests.
  • Write a thank you note or note of encouragement to one of our diocesan priests.
  • Write a thank you note to a priest from an Order who serves in one of our diocesan parishes.
  • Write a thank you note to one of the Sisters and Brothers who serve in our Diocese.
  • Invite a priest, Sister, Brother, or seminarian as a speaker for one of your group’s meetings or events.
  • Host a parish event such as Sunday Café in honor of Vocations Awareness or use an event such as an Oktoberfest or group-sponsored dinner to raise funds to support vocations in the Diocese

How to Use the Toolkit

What Are Vocations