A Students Prayer Campaign for Vocations. to Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Married and Single Life. Vocation Prayer for Parents

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1 Vocation Prayer for Parents O Lord, we give You thanks for our mothers and fathers. A Students Prayer Campaign for Vocations Help our parents be good examples of faith, hope, and love to us. May they show us, their sons and daughters, how to follow you, Lord. If you call one of us to be a priest, sister, brother or deacon, help our parents to be grateful and supportive in our decision to be of loving service to others. to Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Married and Single Life The Catholic Church in Central Texas The Catholic Church in Central Texas

2 For more information about vocations to priesthood or consecrated life, please contact: Vocation Office 1600 North Congress Ave. Austin, Texas (512) Funded through the Catholic Services Appeal

3 Notes A Students Prayer Campaign for Vocations Through the Sacrament of Baptism, each person receives a call or vocation. God calls all that are baptized to holiness and service. This call is lived as a single, married, ordained or consecrated person. God calls each of us to follow Him in one of these ways. An ordained person is a deacon or a priest. A consecrated person is a religious brother, religious sister or religious priest. We should pray and listen carefully so that we may hear and follow God s plan for us. As part of A Students Prayer Campaign for Vocations, a crucifix may be used and placed in a prominent place in the classroom or home and a time selected to pray for vocations. Each weekday, Monday through Friday, we pray for a different vocation as well as for the grace to listen to what God is calling us to be. After the teacher or parent prays the prayer for the day, the students together pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary. Then a moment of silence is observed to listen to what God is saying. After a week, the prayer campaign and the crucifix are passed to another classroom or home for their special prayers for vocations and so on through all the grade levels. Special thanks to Mrs. Charlotte Vaughan, School Librarian at St. Louis Catholic School in Austin for sharing her campaign with the diocese. Rev. David Konderla Vocation Director

4 Schedule Grade Level Week (Days) Pre-Kindergarten Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade Friday Loving God, we thank You for the gift of life and for Your love. Help us to always listen to You and to spend part of each day in prayer and quiet so that we may hear what You are saying. That is the only way we will know You and ourselves better and to know our talents as we try to choose our life s work. Help us to see and to understand all the paths open to us. Help us to choose a life which will be a response to your love for us. Give us strength, Lord, to do well in whatever we choose. As we get older, guide us in the classes to take, strengthen us in the choices we make the easy ones and the hard ones, bless the career we select, and our vocation priesthood, consecrated life, married or single life. Help us to remember to lead a life of service for others. Let us always be open to the plan You have and to do everything for Your glory. Remind us that we are never alone and that You will always give us the grace and faith to endure whatever comes our way. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer. Our Father... Hail Mary...

5 Thursday Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life and for your love. Bless those who pursue the single life. Help them to follow Your word and glorify Your name in the world. Bless them with friends and family members who will help them with their walk with Jesus. Help them discover the many opportunities there are to do Your work to feed the hungry and clothe the poor, to listen to those who are lonely and sad, and to radiate the joy of one who is following in Your footsteps. We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Monday Loving Father, we thank you for the gift of life and for your love. What are you calling me to do? Help me to be the very best of what I can be and to always bring honor and glory to Your name. I want to be a true disciple of Christ. Right now I am a student who needs to study hard and listen to my teachers and parents. Help me to be good to my friends and kind to those who I don t particularly like. Help me to remember that You created all of us and we are all made in Your image and likeness. What I do to or for someone, I do to and for You. When I ask a student I don t know very well to eat lunch with my group, I am asking You to sit at my table. If I tease or call someone names, I am being mean or ugly to You. Help me to remember that I reap what I sow. If I am kind and nice to my friends and others, it comes right back to me. Give me the grace to be the best student and son or daughter that I can be.

6 Tuesday Wednesday Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life and for your love. It is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in the love and service of our Church. Grant us faithful leaders who will embrace Christ's mission of love and justice. Bless our school and parish by raising up generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as sisters, priests, brothers, and deacons. Inspire us to know You better and open our hearts to hear Your call. Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life and for your love. Bless those who pursue the vocation of marriage. Help them to follow in Your footsteps and provide a loving and nurturing relationship for children. They have an awesome responsibility to show young people how to live a life of service as a priest, brother, sister or lay minister. Bless the marriages of all those I know and help them to be as devoted to each other as You are to them. Student:

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