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Catholic Vocations Commission

Please click here to view powerpoint- This presentation was delivered by the Vocations Committee on January 10, 2016 at our Faith Forum; emphasizing that Vocations, Discipleship and Stewardship are closely linked and a way of life for all Catholics.

"Vocation...everyone has one. What's yours?"


The Mission of the Catholic Vocation Commission is to provide opportunities for all members of St. Pius X Parish to develop and strengthen each person's own vocation in life, which is our way to God.  Below are those current and proposed activities that are within the scope of the commission.
Small Group Bible Study
Vocations Committee
Young Adult Ministry Group
College Age Ministry (Proposed)
Marriage Encounter (Proposed)


The Four Main Vocations
The Catholic Church recognizes four main vocations: Priesthood, Religious Life, Marriage, and Single Life. God calls everyone to follow Him. Here is a brief outline of the four vocations.

PRIESTHOOD
A Catholic priest is a male ordained minister of the Church. Because they give their lives in total service to the Church, priests embrace the gift of celibacy and commit to a life of prayer. They proclaim the Good News, teach the Catholic faith, minister the Sacraments, work to build up their local faith community, and lead their faith community in worship. Most priests will minister in a parish setting, while others may serve as chaplains to universities, hospitals, prisons, the armed forces and other industries.

RELIGIOUS LIFE
A religious priest, brother or sister (nun) commits his or her life to sharing in the life and mission of their religious community. Religious priests, brothers and sisters embrace the call to poverty, chastity, and obedience, and nurture their call through a life of celibacy, faith, prayer and service. Religious priest, brothers and sisters serve in areas such as education, health care, parish, youth ministry, aged care, spirituality, pastoral ministry, social work, amongst the poor, and many will serve as missionaries in other cultures. Some may live within a cloister and devote themselves totally to prayer. Depending on the religious order, they may dress in 'normal' clothes or in a habit.

MARRIAGE
A married person lives a vow of faithful love to a spouse through the sacrament of marriage. Husbands and wives share a self-giving, love-giving, and life-giving relationship with their spouse, and are committed to helping their spouse grow to human and Christian maturity. They seek to form a family home, and are together the first teachers of their children in Catholic faith and values. Married people serve in their parish community or in the Church in a number of different ways.

SINGLE LIFE
A person called to single life comes to believe that remaining single is the true and right way to faithfully live his or her baptismal call. Single men and women embrace the gift of celibacy while living alone, with a family, or with others who are single. They are able to devote time and energy in service of others, and may serve in their parish community or in the Church in a number of different ways. In each vocation, the person lives a life of faith and prayer to continually grow in relationship with God. The Church recognizes that each vocation is equal in the sense that no vocation is better or less than any other. However, because God calls you to a particular vocation - whether marriage, priesthood, religious life or single life - that vocation is the best one for you, the one that will 'fit' you best and make you the most happy.


Small Group Bible Study

From her very beginning, the Church has often grown and thrived among small groups of disciples. Jesus Himself began with the 12 Apostles, and throughout the letters of St. Paul we see him referring to small groups of disciples. This paradigm which we see in the Bible has continued throughout the history of the Church, and today numerous movements and programs have sought to lead people to a deeper relationship with Jesus through the small group format and through small group ministry.

Do you want to learn more about your faith? Do you have lots of questions about the Catholic faith? Are you intimidated by the Bible? Do you want to explore your faith at a deeper level? Do you want to know the Biblical roots of Catholicism? Do you want to make new friends and you like to talk about all kinds of deep stuff? Then a Small Group Bible Study activity is for you!


Called and Gifted
Discernment Class

'The Called and Gifted Discernment Class' is a 'Call' and 'Vocations' discernment class for all people of the Catholic faith. It is a tool and process, whereby each person is helped to see/discern what are their God given 'Charisms', their own personal "Vocation" and what may be, their "Calling" in the life of the Church. The classes are held once a week in the evening.

Called and Gifted Discernment Coordinators
Ipo and Mary Ross: (541) 331-1416
Liz Maddelena: (541) 331-8512


Vocations Committee

The Vocations committee seeks to encourage parishioners to pray for and consider vocations to the priesthood and religious life for our parish and diocese.

Our Mission
The mission of the St. Pius X Vocations Committee is to promote a "culture of vocations" in our parish; a consciousness of God's call in each one's life and an eagerness to search out that call and live it to the fullest. Then, within that framework we strive to promote "vocations to the priesthood and religious life, for and from our diocese", as we pray at every Mass.

Our Goals
The current goals of the vocations committee are as follows: 1) to encourage prayer for vocations; 2) to educate parishioners, young and old, regarding vocations; 3) to encourage parishioners, especially parents, and grandparents, to talk with young people regarding God's call in their lives; 4) to support parishioners considering a vocation to priesthood or consecrated religious life; and to be an active part of diocesan efforts to promote vocations.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pray and encourage others to pray that more young men and women will respond to God's call to priesthood and religious life.

  • Participate in activities sponsored by the Vocations Committee.

  • Make "God's call in our lives"; a regular topic of conversation in your family.

  • Become an active member of the Vocations Committee.

Vocations Committee Coordinator
Mary Beard: (541) 882-3997
Email: beardvoc@gmail.com


Vocations Committee - Activities

Vocations Prayer Crucifix Program
Vocations Poster Contest
Sister Elaine's Visit to St. Pius X
Vocations Information Display
Vocations Prayer Campaign
Clergy Prayer Cards
Homebound Prayer Cards

Vocations Prayer Crucifix Program
This program has been developed to promote fervent and devotional prayer for an increase in vocations to the diocesan priesthood and the consecrated religious life. This program offers a method that encourages prayer for religious and priestly vocations in the Catholic families/households of St. Pius X Catholic Church parishioners.

The Vocations committee has provided a free-standing crucifix for this program. Families/households from the parish are invited to host the Vocations Crucifix in their home for a period of one week. By accepting the crucifix, the family/household agrees to pray for a period of one week. After the week has expired, the Vocations Crucifix is passed to another parish family/household after one of the weekend Masses in the parish. The importance of praying for vocations is thus kept alive and prominent before the parish community. There will be two handbooks provided with the Crucifix. One handbook will contain daily devotions for prayer and reflection. The second handbook contains suggested prayers that can be part of your daily activities after the Crucifix has been returned. To participate in this program, please sign-up in the book located in the Vestibule of Church.
Vocations Prayer Crucifix Coordinator
Ben Quen: (541) 850-3939
Email: bquen01@gmail.com


Vocation Poster Contest
On Sunday October 14, 2012 the Vocations Committee kicked of the first annual Vocations poster contest. The contest was open to all parish children in grades 1-12. There were five categories for judging, Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, & 9-12. The children had two weeks to create a poster that would advertise and encourage someone to discern a religious life as a Priest, Nun/Sister, or Brother. The children were encouraged to use any medium; photography, drawing or computer-aided art to create their poster. The Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus donated the five first prize awards of $25.00 each and parishioners Larry and Mary King donated $5.00 Dairy Queen gift certificates for the second place awards. The parish 'Golden Girls' were the judges of the contest. The weekend of October 27 the winners were announced and the Vocations Committee honored the winners during the ministry fair.

Winners of each Grade Category:
Grades 1-2: 1st Place - Aiden Balzotti, 2nd Place - Matt Elfbrandt
Grades 3-4: 1st Place - Owen Baenen, 2nd Place - Kobe Deutscher
Grades 5-6: 1st Place - Makenzie Elfbrandt, 2nd Place - Andrea Malakar
Grades 7-8: 1st Place - Zach Holder, 2nd Place - Kristen Scott
Grades 9-12: 1st Place - Kelly Scott, 2nd Place - Patricia Malakar

Participation/Honorable Mention were awarded to: Grades 1-2: Thea Baenen, Ella Bocchi, Mark Elfbrandt, Karishma Malakar, Annikah Tacchini, and Victoria Shirar. Grades 5-6: Caden Deutscher.

Click on the 'thumb nails' below to view the posters.


Vocations Poster Coordinator

Email: annscott46@gmail.com


Sister Elaine's Visit to St. Pius X
Religious Education students from St. Pius X Church in Klamath Falls, with a number of parents and parishioners, welcomed a special guest on Sunday, October, 14, Sr. Elaine Thaden, O.S.F. Sister is a member of the vocations team for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia who have served in the Baker Diocese in hospitals, schools, parishes, and Diocesan programs for 125 years. She spoke with the students about "Vocation", God's three-fold call in their lives: His call to life, to life in Him, and to service to His people, whether through the sacrament of Marriage or as a Priest, Brother, Sister, Deacon, or as a single person in the world. Students and adults were able to ask questions, that ranged from "How old are you?" and "How old were you when you first wanted to be a Sister?" to "Did your parents encourage vocations in your home?" and "I have two questions: Did you ever feel like God left you, and what has been the hardest thing about being a Sister?" (a 4th grader's question!) Needless to say, Sister's led to interesting discussions. As students left, all were given prayer cards and vocations resources. Children and adults went away from the visit with much to ponder.

 


Vocations Information Display
In the Vestibule of church there is an information display with material for the taking. There are three sections; top section for general information, middle section for Creighton Model Fertility Care information, and the lower section contains Vocations information. The vocations information will be updated periodically with valuable information concerning vocations.  Please help yourself.
Vocations Information Display Coordinator
Karen Quen: (541) 850-3939
Email: kaquen@charter.net


Vocations Prayer Campaign
For quite some time we, as the body of Christ, have been praying for Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life, for our Parish and Diocese. We do this before every Mass, during the General Intercessions, as part of the Vocations Crucifix devotion and in your hearts and it's working. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. The weekend of February 2, 2013 the Vocations committee introduced a new activity that we would like parishioners to participate in, 'Vocations Prayer Campaign'. There are prayers in your hearts that focus on Vocations; we would like to capture them. Please write down those prayers on the forms found in the vestibule of Church or a blank piece of paper, and return them by placing them in the offertory basket. The initial prayers have been included in the book of Prayer that goes home with the Vocations Crucifix.

Vocations Prayer Campaign Coordinator
Mary Beard: (541) 882-3997
Email: beardvoc@gmail.com


Clergy Prayer Cards
Every year in February parishes receive Clergy Prayer Cards. These cards have information for Clergy who have served or are serving in the Diocese of Baker. All parishioners are encouraged to take one or more cards and pray for the person whose name is on the card. If you chose to, send a card of encouragement, especially on the day of ordination it would be appreciated. Cards can be found in the Vocations Information display located in the vestibule of Church.


Homebound Prayer Cards
There are several parishioners who for one reason or another cannot attend Mass. These parishioners continue to receive communion as a result of the Homebound Ministry. These parishioners are being asked to assist the parish in praying for Vocations. To accommodate this ministry laminated cards with vocations prayers are being provided to the Homebound parishioners.


Young Adult Ministry Group

St. Pius X Young Adult Ministry, is a gathering of Young Adults from the greater Klamath Falls area who come together weekly to break bread together, enjoy fellowship, read scripture for the coming Sunday Mass Celebration, roundtable discussions of the scripture readings, pray for each other's needs, have some dessert, bless one another and then we go home.
St. Pius X Young Adult Ministry group sole purpose is to provide a safe and vibrant place for our young adults of our community; to be able to gather and openly discuss their faith; to socialize with others of their own age and explore questions and answers to situations they may face in the secular world today and find a faith filled answer; to actively pray for each other's needs and the needs of their families; to share a good meal, get to know each other; find interests and activities they can share-in together; meet new friends; encounter Jesus in scripture & their neighbor.
Young Adults meet Thursday of every week in the Parish Youth room at 6:00 p.m. Each week, families of the Parish come out in support of our activities and the things we do by cooking & bringing home cooked meals for everyone who attends. Come break bread with us, and get to know us! We always start at 6:00 p.m. with a meal and prayer, following the lead of the Holy Spirit as the flow of the evening proceeds 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, discussion, and intercessory prayer for each other...and so much more! Come join us!

Young Adult Ministry Advisors
Ipo Ross: (541) 331-1416
Mary Ross: (541) 331-2222
Mary Holder: (541) 884-4242

 


 

 
 







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