NATIONAL VOCATION WEEK, November 4 thru 10

NATIONAL VOCATION WEEK: The Catholic Church in the United States will observe and celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week from November 4 thru 10. As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the Priesthood, and others to Religious Life and the permanent Diaconate. Some remain as generous single people. Fully living our own vocation – and teaching young people how to discern the will of God for them – is a serious duty, but also a joyful one. It is a duty shared with parents by family, friends and an entire Parish Community. During National Vocation Awareness Week, we are asked in a special way to pray for our youth – that they remain close to the Church, that they consider serving the Church as a Priest, Sister, Brother or Deacon. Our Parish Family of St. Aloysius Gonzaga has given many men to the Priesthood and many women to the Religious Life. – Father Bob Zilliox and Sister Mary Jo Colucci, Father Mark Noonan and Sister Jeanne Weisbeck, Father Steve DeWitt, ofm, and Sister Julie Uhrich – to mention but a few. Pray that God calls more of our youth to serve the People of God boldly and credibly. Many are asking if it is still possible to effective promote Vocations during this time of scandal in the Church and our Diocese. The truth is that if God is still calling young people, then we cannot be tempted to stop – even for a moment – helping them to answer the Lord’s call. Now more than ever we need good, faithful Sisters, Brothers, Deacons and Priests to shepherd God’s people. Through the intersession of Mary, Mother of the Church, may our young people hear again the Voice of God calling them to a Church Vocation and may they respond with generous and open hearts.