THURSDAY:  Celebrating Vocations

By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. National Catholic Schools Week offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others.

Inspiration and Ideas

  • Write letters of thanks to the priests, deacons, sisters and brothers involved in your local parishes.
  • Host a “career day” where local professionals – both religious and non-religious – can share how their faith guides them in their work.
  • Pray a novena to honor the patron saint of your school.
  • Invite your local priests to come concelebrate your school Mass this week.
  • Volunteer at or send a warm meal to a home for retired priests or nuns.
  • Incorporate a lesson on committing to lifelong service in religion classes this week.
  • Invite seminarians to talk about their call to priesthood.
  • Incorporate a research lesson where students can explore and present on the different religious orders.
  • Organize service projects to support the work of missions and organizations that fund small enterprise development.
  • Give special recognition to religious faculty and staff – both current and retired - at a school-wide celebration.
  • Host a discussion group to explore the word “vocation” and how students can incorporate the value into their lives.
  • Plan a service missionary trip for the coming school year.
  • Provide Eucharistic adoration, asking for prayers for vocations.
  • Encourage interviews of pastors, priests, sisters, brothers and deacons for the school newspaper or parish bulleting – focusing particularly on the topic of “discerning the call.”
  • Host an Altar Server Appreciation Night.
  • Create a page on your website or blog with information about vocations.
  • Celebrate saints who are important to the lives of religious orders such as St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries and patroness of many vocations.
  • Have a public recitation of the diocesan vocation prayer at Mass.