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Celebrated: 2nd Sunday in October  


Purpose: To affirm these men who have said YES to serving the Church in a profound way.

Deacons deserve much affirmation for their tireless work, proclaiming the word of God, giving homilies, performing baptisms, and witnessing marriages, among other responsibilities. These selfless servants are fully ordained clergy, reporting directly to the bishop.

Our hope is that you and your ministry will incorporate this vocation day into your parish or school schedule. We look forward to seeing how you celebrate this special day for your deacons.


What do deacons do:

  • Proclaim the Gospel
  • Baptize
  • Witness marriages
  • Perform funeral and burial services outside of the Eucharist
  • Distribute Holy Communion
  • Preach the homily
  • Visit the sick
  • Teach the faith
  • Provide counsel for couples and individuals
  • Work on parish committees
  • Advice and assist pastors


Affirmation Ideas:

  • Call/text/email/write your deacon
  • Send spiritual bouquets to him
  • Send him drawings or paintings by children
  • Pray, fast, and offer sacrifices for him
  • Send him a gift card from Amazon or a restaurant
  • Hold a reception for your deacons and their wives to say thank you for their service to the parish

When posting on Social Media, consider:

  1. Tag Vocation Ministry in your Facebook/Instagram Posts
  2. Use the Hashtags #DeaconSunday #Vocationministry 

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