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Pre-Launch: Preparing to Serve
The earliest stage of a ministry is pre-launch, when the ministry is essentially an idea or a vision. In addition to praying for the ministry, the individual should meet with the priest or pastor who would be administratively in charge of this effort to share what is on his or her heart about making the parish more vocation-minded.
Pray often for your pastor that he is willing to support a Vocation Ministry. Go before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to beg him to show you exactly how this ministry should look and to send those willing volunteers to help put all of God’s plans into action.
Meet with your pastor to receive his blessing on the ministry.
The potential ministry director should meet with the priest or pastor who would have administrative authority over the ministry to share what is on his or her heart about making the parish more vocation-minded. Having the priest’s blessing must be achieved before initiating any activity at the parish or involving parishioners.
For individuals who have never spoken one-on-one with the parish priest, this meeting could be somewhat intimidating. Here are some valuable tips to make that initial meeting a success.
- Be humble
- Keep it simple.
- Present the ministry concept.
- Ask for his ideas and permission.
- Offer an alternative.
Contact your closest Serra Club
Named after Blessed Junípero Serra, the Serra Club is an international organization devoted to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Founded in Seattle, Washington, in the 1930s, Serra International now has more than eight hundred clubs in thirty-seven countries, with a total membership of more than nineteen thousand men and women.
Serra Clubs have regular meetings during which they specifically pray for vocations. They also give vocation talks at schools and distribute vocation materials. These clubs are a valuable resource for any Vocation Ministry, new or established. At www.serraus.org, vocation ministries can find the nearest club, as well as ideas especially encouraged by Serra US to affirm and promote vocations.
Learn more about Serra through my talk with Larry Massey, Governor of Serra District 10 in Galveston-Houston.
Larry Massey explains further how crucial the Serra Club is building up parish Vocation Ministries.
Serra is a valuable resource for any Vocation Ministry, new or established. They give vocation talks at schools and distribute vocation materials. Besides creating and promoting the Traveling Chalice Program and Called by Name, they have resources for other programs that promote vocations.