Please continue to publicize the following events in your parish bulletins and websites; bulletin announcements are included on the “bulletin announcement sheets” with this edition of Clergy Communications. Also, keep in mind that a personal invitation from the pastor continues to be the most effective tool in the recruitment of new seminarians.
The Call of the King Conference, September 21, at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
Discernment Retreat, October 3-4, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
Frohlich Farm Event, October 5, Frohlich Farm, Lebanon
Fall Live-In, October 9-11, Pontifical College Josephinum
Vocation Night (formerly Ministry Evening), October 15, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
Cast Your Nets, Dayton, October 25, St. Luke’s Beavercreek
CAST YOUR NETS 2008
Once again, the Vocation Office and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry have teamed up to host an exciting youth event called Cast Your Nets 2008 at St. Luke Parish in Beavercreek. At this event, through the reception of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation and with the help of live music and dynamic speakers, youth will be challenged to live their Catholic faith anew. The event will take place on Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. All priests in the Dayton Area are asked to publicize this event within youth ministry programs and are invited to concelebrate the Mass and/or hear confessions that evening. Please contact Fr. Kyle Schnippel at 513.421.3131 and let him know that you are able to attend.
NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK 2009
The Vocation Office has worked to develop a packet of materials for National Vocation Awareness Week 2009, which is being held from January 11-17, 2009. The materials should be available by September 5, 2008, at www.cincinnativocations.org/vaw.shtml. This year, the focus for the program is living a life of virtue and centers around Galatians 2:20: “Now it is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me.” The program has been expanded to include adult faith formation and family formation programs. Please distribute these materials as widely as possible in your parish or institution. As a further note, over the last two years (since we have been publishing them “in house”) the Vocation Office has received numerous calls from dioceses across the country asking for permission to use these materials as “they are simply the best available.” Please support this effort in your parish or institution to turn the tide of the vocations shortage.
“CATHOLIC KNIGHTS OF OUR LADY” The Vocation Office, in conjunction with St. Jude and Our Lady of Victory Parishes are introducing “Catholic Knights of Our Lady” to Cincinnati’s West Side. Modeled after the successful program at St. Peter’s Church in Huber Heights, this program is designed to be both a discernment program for grade school and high school boys and girls, as well as an opportunity to meet youths from other parishes. Groups will be divided by age and gender, with evenings featuring catechetical and recreational components, while concluding with prayer and snacks. Pastors on Cincinnati’s West Side are encouraged to invite youth from their parish to attend, beginning October 12, 2008, and the second Sunday of each successive month, besides December. For more information, call Fr. Kyle Schnippel in the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131 x2890 or Fr. Eric Bowman, pastor of St. Jude’s, at 513.574.1230.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CINCINNATI:
ST. MICHAEL PRAYER WARRIORS (Please run until September 21)
Looking for something proactive that you can do to support the priesthood and vocations? The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is hosting the inaugural Call of the King Conference on September 21, 2008, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave in Norwood, Ohio. The conference introduces the St. Michael Prayer Warriors movement and features Fr. Anthony Brausch, faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, speaking on personal holiness as an avenue of renewal in the Church. Please visithttp://www.cincinnativocations.org/stmichaelprayerwarriors.php or call the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131x2890 to register, or for more information.
MEN’S DISCERNMENT RETREAT (Please run until September 28)
On October 3 and 4, 2008 Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati hosts a Discernment Retreat for men, college age and older, who are exploring a call to the priesthood or religious life. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away from the demands of daily life to be immersed in the quiet of prayer at a seminary. The retreat is free. It runs from 7:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 p.m. Saturday and provides a chance to meet one-on-one with our current seminarians, as an aid in discernment. To register, call the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131 or online at http://www.cincinnativocations.org/frm100308.php.
FROHLICH FARM EVENT (Please run until September 28)
The Vocation Office is pleased to once again host an event at Frohlich Farm outside of Lebanon, Ohio, on October 5, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The day of activities is geared towards high school men, with their fathers, to come together to learn more about being a strong Catholic man in the world today and how the priesthood fulfills the fullness of that call in our world today. Sunday Mass will be offered, along with a variety of recreation events and talks by Michael Walsh and Joe Luken. To register, call the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131, or online at http://www.cincinnativocations.org/frm100508.php.
FALL LIVE-IN (Please run until October 5)
The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio once again opens her doors to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing the priesthood through college seminary formation during the Fall Live-In from October 9-11, 2008. Attendees have the opportunity to pray with the college seminary community, attend classes, and meet with our current college seminarians. To register, please call the Vocation Office at 513.421.313, or visit http://www.cincinnativocations.org/frm100908.php.
VOCATION NIGHT (Please run until October 12)
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati hosts the first Vocation Night of the year on Wednesday, October 15, from 5:15 – 8:00 p.m. Beginning with the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the evening presents an opportunity to pray with our current seminarians and includes a short presentation on one aspect of seminary life. Formal dress is requested for those attending. To register, call the please visit http://www.cincinnativocations.org/frm101508.php or call the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131.
CAST YOUR NETS (Please run until October 19)
The exciting new youth rally that challenges youth to BE BOLD and live their Catholic faith with courage, is coming to St. Luke Parish in Beavercreek. The event will take place on October 26, 2008 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and will include Sunday Mass, live music, a keynote address from Nick Cardilino, snacks and the opportunity for Confession. All people from 9th grade on up are invited and are encouraged to register with their youth group at www.catholiccincinnati.org/youthmin/CYN. There is no cost for the event, but there will be a free will offering at Mass and event t-shirts will be on sale.
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