The Five Star Program
Serrans strive to establish a Culture of Vocations in their parish, but the question is “How to we do it?” Marriage, single life, priestly and religious vocations are all paths to holiness. Our focus is on religious and priestly vocations as the priest and religious are instrumental in helping the other states of life.
The “Five Star Program” has tried and true ideas can accomplish that goal.
Pray hard, work diligently and you will create a
Culture of Vocations in your parish!
The 31 Club
The 31 Club is a prayer program in which a Serran chooses one date of the month when he or she will go to Mass and pray for all priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and lay ministers who have served or are serving his or her parish, and that future church vocations will be forthcoming from the parish.
The Newman Connection
Newman Connection is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a national support structure and unified brand to Catholic campus ministry. We assist these campus ministries in their growth by:
- Providing a national outreach program, connecting students from all over the country to campus ministry.
- Establishing a national prayer hour specifically for the benefit of campus ministry.
- Creating educational programing that is available online, in the classroom or in the field on a retreat.
Daily Prayers for the School Traveling Crucifix Program These prayers are provided to make projection easy for classroom use. They can be used for your daily prayer for vocations. Please use what you feel is appropriate for your grade level.
Electronic Copy of Daily Prayers for the School Traveling Crucifix Program
The following are ‘Prayers for the Week’ regarding vocations followed by a prayer from the Pope Francis:
Monday: Prayer to Know One’s Vocation
Intention: We pray for all of those who might not know their vocation in life. Through prayer and with God’s help, may they come to know His will for their lives.
Lord, my God and my loving Father, You have made me to know You, to love You, to serve You, and thereby to find and fulfill myself. I know that every path can lead me to You, but of them all, there is one especially by which You want me to come to You. Since I will do what You want of me, I pray, send Your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, to show me what You want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all my strength, right to the end. Amen.
Tuesday: Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church
Intention: We pray that we might grow in our love and devotion to Mary.
We turn to you, Mary, Mother of the Church. Through your “yes,” you have opened the door that makes Christ present in the world, in history, and in individual lives. In humble silence and in total availability, you welcomed the call of the Most High. May there be many men and women in our day who respond to your Son’s invitation: “Follow me!” Grant them courage to follow Christ along the road that He walked. Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us and for an increase of priestly and religious vocations. Amen.
Wednesday: Litany for Vocations
Intention: We pray for an increase in religious vocations.
[Prayer Leader] [Response]
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.
God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us.
St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Church, Pray for us.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Pray for us.
St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for us.
St. Charles Borromeo, patron of seminarians, Pray for us.
St. Katherine Drexel, Pray for us.
St. Stephen, patron of deacons, Pray for us.
St. John Berchmans, patron of altar servers, Pray for us.
St. Junipero Serra, Pray for us.
All you holy men and women, Pray for us.
Through your mercy, Send workers into Your harvest, Lord.
Through our prayers and sacrifices, Send workers into Your harvest, Lord.
Through the power of the Mass, Send workers into Your harvest, Lord.
Through the holiness of families, Send workers into Your harvest, Lord.
All: Let us pray: O God, who chose the Apostles to make disciples of all nations, we earnestly implore You to choose among us many priests and religious who will love You with their whole heart and will gladly spend their entire lives making You known and loved. Amen.
Thursday: Prayer for Students at Our School
Intention: We pray that, if it be God’s will, there might be vocations to the priesthood and religious life from our own school and that they be supported through our encouragement.
Lord Jesus Christ, we bring to You in prayer the young people of our school. Give them hearts open to hear Your voice. Help them to be generous in responding to Your call. Give them the grace to persevere in overcoming all the pressures in our world that keep them from embracing and truly living their vocation. Graciously grant to parents a living faith and an ardent love, which will inspire them to encourage their children to live holy lives. May parents genuinely encourage and foster the God-given vocation of their children and help them to respond generously. Let them rejoice when a child of theirs is called to be a priest or religious. May the example of Your life and that of Joseph and Mary encourage parents and children to form holy families and let Your grace sustain them. Amen.
Friday: Prayer for all priests and religious that have served your school
Intention: We pray for our school, that it may grow in holiness and that from among its members there may be priests and religious to serve the Church.
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters. To those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, grant the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of your Son so that in Him, with Him, and through Him we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please pray a Hail Mary, Our Father and Glory Be in thanksgiving for all the priests and religious that have served our school.
Prayer #1 (Pope Francis I Prayer for Vocations)
Intention: With the Holy Father, we pray for an increase in priestly and religious vocations throughout the universal Church.
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving— for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families, with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.
Prayer #2: Prayer to Know My Vocation
I glorify You, God in all that I do.
In Mind, body, and spirit
I give my best to you.
Help me to follow your will
No matter the Call:
Sister, brother, or priest,
I promise my all.
If you call me to marriage,
I promise to love,
And to teach my own children
To seek grace from above.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The lay faithful of all parishes in the USA develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring their parish priests both at Mass and other parish events, such as social celebrations and school activities. Priesthood Sunday is designed to be an event led by the laity, but you can ask your parish priest to participate by talking about how he experienced and answered his own calling and about priests who have inspired him. Priesthood Sunday offers an opportunity for priests and their parishioners to build a stronger working relationship. Together, they can dialogue to take an honest look at the challenges of the future and how they can collaborate to meet those challenges as a united force.