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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" Vocations Chalice Program

One of our Collaborative's initiaves is the "Many Are Called" Vocations Chalice program.  The purpose is to encourage families to pray and promote priestly vocations to the Archdiocese of Boston.  The Chalice is a tangible reminder of this special intention for the Church.  The Second Vatican Council highlights the responsibility of the laity to pray for and support vocations to the priesthood.

Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations.  A vocation is a call from the Holy Spirit, a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer.  When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Heavenly Father those men He is calling to follow Him in a very special way.

How Does the Program Work?

Every two weeks at Mass, an assigned family, couple, or individual is called forward to receive the Vocation Chalice Kit and a special blessing.  This kit contains a chalice, Bible, battery-operated candle, table mat, and a simple prayer service.  The Vocation Chalice Kit is taken home and set up in a place of honor where the prayer service can be prayed.  We ask that the individual or family set aside time once a day to pray for an increase and perseverance of priestly vocations to the Archdiocese of Boston.  At the conclusion of the two week period, the family brings the kit back to the assigned Mass and at that time will pass it on to the next family in view of the gathered assembly.

If you wish to support our priests and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood by participating in this program, please contact:

OLA - Christine Barraford at barrafordc@merrimack.edu

SMG – Donna Hegan at dhegan@ola-smg.org

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 https://youtu.be/8ykUdKt2bdw

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 jimmgo1@comcast.net or 781-334-6527 or Donna Delahanty, Director of Parish Ministries, at ddelahanty@ola-smg.org 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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