Beginning on Friday, April 9th, and continuing every second Friday of the month after Daily Mass, we invite you to join our Rosary Warrior Ministry as we pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for Vocations. Our Vocations Director and Parochial Administrator, Fr. Josh Swallows, will lead us in prayer through this Holy Hour for Vocations.
The Holy hour will include praying a Litany for Vocations and praying a Rosary. We will pray the luminous mysteries. St John Paul II encouraged that these mysteries be prayed for the intention of vocations, as all vocations are celebrated through these meditations. Come, join us in prayer!
Join our parish community and the Bradica family at Holy Family Catholic Church as our parishioner, Mike Bradica, is instituted as an acolyte, the final step before his ordination to the Sacred Diaconate on June 11, 2022.
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is celebrated by the Catholic Church on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a day which is also commonly referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. Inspired by the Lord’s instruction in the Gospels of Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2, in which Jesus exhorts the people to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
World Day of Prayer for Vocations unites the faithful together in praying for the fostering of all vocations, particularly those of ordained ministry and consecrated life.
“Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God withe apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth. This duty is the more pressing when it is only through them that men can hear the Gospel and know Christ. Their activity in ecclesial communities is so necessary that, for the most part, the apostolate of the pastors cannot be fully effective without it.” – CCC#900
From the USCCB
The seed for vocations is planted in the home and nourished in the parish. Catholic schools, campus ministry and caring friends play a role, as well. An invitation to help out, to lector, to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, an alter server or a greeter may be all it takes to start an ordinary parishioner on their way from simply sitting in the pew to becoming a more active member of the body of Christ.
During Mass we pray for vocations. God is answering this prayer in countless ways.
Click here for a message from the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Orlando, Fr. Josh Swallows.
And also read a Q & A from some Discerning Hearts.
Click here to read the message of his Holiness Pope Francis for the 2020 World day of Vocations.
Here are our Newly ordained Deacons from the Diocese of Orlando. Robert Marquez of Blessed Sacrament, Nathanael Soliven of St. Joseph Parish, and Francisco Ojeda from Our Lady of the Lakes. Click here to learn more about their journey.
Is God calling you?
Source: Diocese of Orlando
God calls each person to a life of holiness and service, whether single, married, ordained or consecrated. The Office of Vocations provides discernment opportunities, encouragement, support, education, and resources for those responding to God’s call through the ministerial priesthood and religious life. We are committed to fostering an environment where vocations to the priesthood and religious life are valued and nurtured within the domestic church of the family and the local parish community.
“May God’s special grace be your source of strength and may Mary, Our Mother, guide your every step. May you be Jesus’ hands and feet in our world. Amen.”
“I Will Follow”, is a powerful 10 minute film by Ascension Press featuring the testimonies of Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson and their journey to the priesthood. “I Will Follow” is taken from the study, Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed.
Presented by Lighthouse Catholic Media and Imagine Sisters, in association with the Institute on Religious Life, Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, and the Laboure Society. Created by Lumen Vere Media and Altius Studies. Please thank them for their incredible support!
Considering a Vocation?
There are over 50 religious orders of menand women serving the people of God in the Diocese of Orlando. We invite you to learn about their religious communities here.