Re-Evangelizing the Parish for Vocations
The mission and purpose of the Vocations Committee is to create a “Culture of Vocations” at St. Anthony’s. A culture of vocations means that vocations is integral to the life of the Parish and is known as such to the Parish itself as well as those external to the Parish. A culture of vocations implies that vocational information is routinely communicated to all those in the St. Anthony’s church and school communities through direct and indirect means. The Culture creates an atmosphere in which interest in vocations at every age level is nourished and developed, where the idea of a vocation is comfortable for the individual to entertain and where those in serious discernment will be supported in their harkening to the call of God.
This culture is being developed over multiple years by the committee in the execution of specific yearly plans. The plans consist of the use of all forms of media communication, social networking and activities provided by the Parish as well as the leveraging of communication and activities provided by the Diocese. Through the Liturgy of the Word, other liturgy, faith formation and associated ministries the Parish through the exercise of the plans will routinely be challenged with all areas of vocations. Special appropriate emphasis will be placed on the Faith Formation and School communities.
Vocations at STAOP encompasses the full nature of the Christian Catholic experience in the use of the term “Vocations” to include not only the traditional and primary focus on Diocesan clergy and Religious of both sexes but also laity vocations given to all as Vocation Apostolates in the world. In this context the support of communication for discernment is seeking out those who are being called by God to be Priests, Brothers, Sisters, etc. as well as to help the laity understand how they are to be the apostles of Christ in the secular environments that God has placed them. To some laity this will include more formal vocation options that are not secular/home and work related but are religious in nature such as Third-order Religious, Spiritual Directors, certified Catechists, and various other formal Diocesan and Parish staff and volunteer positions.