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In our Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative Pastoral Plan, one of the goals we set for ourselves was to "Establish a Vocations Committee to promote an ongoing culture of vocations to the diocesan priesthood." 

"Many Are Called"

One of our Collaborative's initiaves is the Vocations Chalice and the "Many Are Called" program.  We ask individuals or families from both Saint Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption Parishes to take turns bringing home a vocations prayer kit that we provide.  The kit includes the Vocations Chalice, a bible, a candle, and instructions for a simple home prayer service.  We ask that the individual or family set aside time once a day to pray for priestly vocations.  

As Catholics, we believe God hears our prayers.  The "Many Are Called"  program intends to storm heaven with our prayers so that God in His infinite goodness and wisdom will respond by sending us a new generation of committed priests.

Prayer for Vocations

At every Mass, we recite a Prayer for Vocations, written by one of our SMG parishioners, James McGovern:

Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd.  You know each of us by name and You call us by name to serve You in faith.  Help us to respond generously to Your voice.  Give courage and guidance to those You are calling to the priesthood so they may respond wholeheartedly and serve you devotedly.  If You desire that one of our fellow parishioners follow You in this way, grant us the wisdom and insight to support and encourage that person to listen to Your voice and follow You without delay.  Jesus, you are our great high priest, forever and ever.  Amen.

Vocations Panel Discussion

On February 26, 2017, our Collaborative hosted a panel to promote vocations to the priesthood.  Led by Father Daniel Hennessey, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Boston, the panel also included Deacon John Cronin and Corey Bassett-Tirrell, both seminarians at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, as well as Francis Pham, a former Cistercian monk who is now preparing to become a diocesan priest and is currently serving as a Pastoral Associate for the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative. 

To watch the view of the event, click here

Vocations Committee

Our Vocations Committee, comprised of members from both OLA and SMG parishes, continues to seek new volunteers.  For more information, please contact Jim McGovern, Chair, at or 781-334-6527 or Donna Delahanty, Director of Parish Ministries, at or 781-598-4313 x203.  Check the Vocations Committee Meeting Schedule tab for meeting dates.


The Vocations Committee meetings are held at the Collaborative Business Office, 17 Grove Street, Lynnfield

Vocations Committee Meeting Schedule:

New schedule will be available in September

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