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Apr
29
Sat
2017
Novena for Vocations – World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Apr 29 – May 6 all-day
Novena for Vocations - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Novena in Preparation for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations (May 7, 2017)

 


The word Novena comes from the Latin novem meaning ‘nine’. A novena is a devotion consisting of prayer said on nine successive days, asking to obtain special grace. The practice of saying novenas is derived from Scripture. After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he told his disciples to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). The Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary, and other followers of Jesus prayed together for nine consecutive days, concluding in the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

This year, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reflects on the missionary dimension of our Christian Calling in his message for the 54th World Day of Prayer.  Using this theme of mission, we invite you to pray with us for an increase in the grace to respond to God’s call to the priesthood and religious life throughout the world, but especially in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  We thank you for partnering with us to build a culture of vocations in our parishes, schools, communities, and homes.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy
Vocation Director
Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
610-667-5778; sdelacy@scs.edu

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Day 1:  Saturday, April 29th

“On this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. Those who drawn by God’s voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity. All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves. For “the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy (Evangelii Gaudium, 21).”  Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, we ask your help in encouraging young people to journey on the path of a priestly or religious vocation.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Two: Sunday, April 30th

“It is in this soil of self-offering and openness to the love of God, and as the fruit of that love, that all vocations are born and grow. By drawing from this wellspring through prayer, constant recourse to God’s word and to the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, it becomes possible to live a life of love for our neighbors, in whom we come to perceive the face of Christ the Lord (cf. Mt 25:31-46).” Message of Pope Benedict for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2012

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, inspire young people to be open to God’s call to live a life of love for their neighbor. Amen

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Three:  Monday, May 1st

“As a response to the demands of the new commandment of Jesus, this (Christian community) can find eloquent and particular realization in Christian families, whose love is an expression of the love of Christ who gave himself for his Church (cf. Eph 5:32). Within the family, “a community of life and love”, young people can have a wonderful experience of this self-giving love. Indeed, families are not only the privileged place for human and Christian formation, they can also be “the primary and most excellent seed-bed of vocations to a life of consecration to the Kingdom of God” by helping their members to see, precisely within the family, the beauty and the importance of the priesthood and the consecrated life.” Message of Pope Benedict for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2012

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, assist families in knowing and living their particular vocation as “domestic churches”.   Amen.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Four:  Tuesday, May 2nd

“In the depths of their heart, all missionary disciples hear this divine voice bidding them to “go about”, as Jesus did, “doing good and healing all” (cf. Acts 10:38). By virtue of baptism, every Christian is a “Christopher”, a bearer of Christ, to his brothers and sisters (cf. Catechesis, 30 January 2016). This is particularly the case with those called to a life of special consecration and with priests, who have generously responded, “Here I am, Lord, send me!” With renewed missionary enthusiasm, priests are called to go forth from the sacred precincts of the temple and to let God’s tender love overflow for the sake of humanity (cf. Homily at the Chrism Mass, 24 March 2016). The Church needs such priests: serenely confident because they have discovered the true treasure, anxious to go out and joyfully to make it known to all (cf. Mt 13:44).”

Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, we ask you to pray for priests that they be renewed in missionary enthusiasm.   Amen.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Five, Wednesday, May 3rd

“To be a missionary disciple means to share actively in the mission of Christ. Jesus himself described that mission in the synagogue of Nazareth in these words: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Lk 4:18-19). This is also our mission: to be anointed by the Spirit, and to go out to our brothers and sisters in order to proclaim the word and to be for them a means of salvation.”  Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, we ask you to pray for all baptized Christians, that they call upon the Holy Spirit to share in the mission of the Church.   Amen.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

Day Six, Thursday, May 4th

“It is important to let the Gospel teach us the way of proclamation. At times, even with the best intentions, we can indulge in a certain hunger for power, proselytism or intolerant fanaticism. Yet the Gospel tells us to reject the idolatry of power and success, undue concern for structures, and a kind of anxiety that has more to do with the spirit of conquest than that of service. The seed of the Kingdom, however tiny, unseen and at times insignificant, silently continues to grow, thanks to God’s tireless activity. The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep or rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how” (Mk 4:26-27). This is our first reason for confidence: God surpasses all our expectations and constantly surprises us by his generosity. He makes our efforts bear fruit beyond all human calculation.”  Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017.

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, assist parishes, schools, religious education and youth ministry programs as they scatter the seeds of faith so that your Son, Jesus, can make them grow.  Amen

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Seven, Friday, May 5th

“So that the Church may continue to fulfill the mission entrusted to her by Christ, and not lack promoters of the Gospel so badly needed by the world, Christian communities must never fail to provide both children and adults with constant education in the faith. It is necessary to keep alive in the faithful a committed sense of missionary responsibility and active solidarity with the peoples of the world. The gift of faith calls all Christians to co-operate in the work of evangelization. This awareness must be nourished by preaching and catechesis, by the liturgy, and by constant formation in prayer. It must grow through the practice of welcoming others, with charity and spiritual companionship, through reflection and discernment, as well as pastoral planning, of which attention to vocations must be an integral part.”  Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2008

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, inspire communities of faith that they be strengthened by the Eucharist and nourished by preaching, catechesis, and constant formation in prayer. Amen.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Eight, Saturday, May 6th

“At the root of every Christian vocation we find a basic movement, which is part of the experience of faith.  Belief means transcending ourselves, leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to center our life in Jesus Christ. It means leaving, like Abraham, our native place and going forward with trust, knowing that God will show us the way to a new land. This “going forward” is not to be viewed as a sign of contempt for one’s life, one’s feelings, one’s own humanity. On the contrary, those who set out to follow Christ find life in abundance by putting themselves completely at the service of God and his kingdom. Jesus says: “Everyone who has left home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Mt 19:29). All of this is profoundly rooted in love. The Christian vocation is first and foremost a call to love, a love which attracts us and draws us out of ourselves (Deus Caritas Est, 6).”  Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2015

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, help all those who follow Christ find life in abundance as they put themselves at the service of God and His kingdom.  Amen

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

 

Day Nine: Sunday, May 7th

“Faith is seeing things as Jesus does (cf. Lumen fidei, 18). Faith is the source of vocational discernment, because faith provides vocational discernment with its fundamental contents, specific development, personal style and pedagogy. Joyously and willingly accepting this gift of grace requires making it fruitful through concrete and consistent choices in life. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another” (Jn 15:16-17). If the vocation to the joy of love is the fundamental call that God has placed in the heart of every young person so that each one’s existence will bear fruit, faith is both a gift from on high and a response to feeling oneself chosen and loved.”  Message of Pope Francis for the Preparatory Document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops

We Pray:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, help youth respond to the faith given to them through the waters of Baptism, so they may answer the call of your Son to live out their vocation. Amen.

Our Father . . .  Hail Mary . . .   Glory Be . . .

May
5
Fri
2017
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States

This event is open to the public but we especially encourage all young adults to join us. Please share this information with your college ministries and young adult ministry groups.

8:00 pm – Holy Hour
9:00 pm – Social

May
12
Fri
2017
Deaconate Ordination
May 12 @ 7:00 pm

High School men are invited to experience the Deaconate Ordination and stay at the Seminary overnight.

May
19
Fri
2017
Priest’s Ordination
May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Young Adult men are invited to experience the Ordination of the Priesthood and they may stay at the Seminary overnight.

Jun
2
Fri
2017
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States

This event is open to the public but we especially encourage all young adults to join us. Please share this information with your college ministries and young adult ministry groups.

8:00 pm – Holy Hour
9:00 pm – Social

Jun
26
Mon
2017
Quo Vadis 2017 @ Black Rock Retreat Center
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day
Quo Vadis 2017 @ Black Rock Retreat Center | Quarryville | Pennsylvania | United States

Gather with other high-school aged men, for Quo Vadis 2017!

The week includes dynamic talks, small group discussions, meaningful prayer experiences, and a energizing and fun environment including a ropes course, swimming pool and a lake, basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and more.

Rising 9th graders to graduated seniors are invited and encouraged to attend and spend the week with the Philadelphia seminarians.

For more information, please call the Vocations Office at 610-667-5778.

 

 

 

Quo Vadis Retreat Video

Quo Vadis 2017 Flyer    Quo Vadis Registration Packet 2017

 

Jul
7
Fri
2017
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States

This event is open to the public but we especially encourage all young adults to join us. Please share this information with your college ministries and young adult ministry groups.

8:00 pm – Holy Hour
9:00 pm – Social

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp (B.B.V.C.) @ St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Jul 15 all-day
Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp (B.B.V.C.) @ St. Charles Borromeo Seminary | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States
Brothers of Borromeo Vocation Camp, a summer day of fun, food and formation for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Boys of the Archdiocese, will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on July 15, 2017.
This year, we celebrate the 10th gathering of youth for this event, which provides an opportunity for boys to have a day of fun, food, games, prayer, and activities with the seminarians. Registration deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.
Registration cost is $15.00 – reduced rate of $10.00 if you register by June 15, 2017.
Aug
4
Fri
2017
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States

This event is open to the public but we especially encourage all young adults to join us. Please share this information with your college ministries and young adult ministry groups.

8:00 pm – Holy Hour
9:00 pm – Social

Sep
1
Fri
2017
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm
First Fridays at St Charles @ Immaculate Conception Chapel | Wynnewood | Pennsylvania | United States

This event is open to the public but we especially encourage all young adults to join us. Please share this information with your college ministries and young adult ministry groups.

8:00 pm – Holy Hour
9:00 pm – Social