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Our Mission

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To foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood, religious life, diaconate, married and single life creating a culture of vocations within our parish and within our parish families.

Vocations Ministry meets every third Sunday of the month 12:15pm-1:45pm in the Church Office/Downstairs Conference Room

We are always seeking new members who have a passion for our Catholic faith and an appreciation for all Vocations in the Church.

Vocations

 Vocation comes from the latin word Vocare, which means to call.

By virtue of our baptism, we are all called by God to holiness.  Striving to live the universal call to holiness, we each serve God and church in our own unique manner as either married, single, priest or religious.

No particular vocation is superior to another, but different ways of serving God and growing in faith.

 Pope Francis, is quoted when addressing seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”

Diocesan Priesthood

A man is ordained to priesthood through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Together each man and the Church discern (discover) whether or not he is called to become a priest. Diocesan priests are called to serve the people of a particular diocese/archdiocese. Men called to be priests in religious orders belong to communities and in addition to receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders they also take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience (the three evangelical counsels).

Consecrated Life

 Vita Consecrata, the 1996 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Saint John Paul II wrote of the different forms of consecrated life as “the many branches which sinks its roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the Church’s life.” These diverse forms include: Monastic Life, the Orders of Virgins, Hermits, and Institutes completely devoted to contemplation, Apostolic Religious Life, Secular Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life, and new or renewed forms of the consecrated life (cf. Vita Consecrata, 6-12). Consecrated include priests, brothers, deacons and sisters(http://WeAreSisters.net).

Those in consecrated life generally join a religious order. There are scores of religious orders – some founded centuries ago by saints, and some founded more recently to fulfill a particular need. Consecrated life is most often shared in a community which is united to live out their common mission together.

Some religious orders are considered “contemplative,” which means that prayer is central to their day. There are variations with a few orders living mostly in silence and removed from society, while others pray frequently but also work in secular society.

Apostolic orders are more active in society and the world. Their focus may be teaching, ministering to the sick, or missionary work in the US or abroad.

Deaconate

 A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.

The diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy. Permanent deacons are assigned by the Bishop to a certain parish and to fulfilling certain ministries within a parish or diocese according to one’s gifts.

All ordained ministers in the Church are called to proclaim the word and preach the Word, distribute Sacraments, and perform works of Charity.  As ministers of Word, deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach, and teach in the name of the Church. As ministers of Sacraments , deacons can baptize, lead others in prayer and preside over marriages, A deacon can also conduct wakes and funeral services.  As ministers of Charity, deacons are responsible for identifying the needs of others, and then calling forth the Church’s resources to meet those needs.

Married Life

The vocation of marriage is a calling to the state of holy matrimony. God created the sacrament of marriage when he created Adam and Eve: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a Christian vocation involving a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build, with the help of divine grace, a lifelong, intimate, and sacramental partnership of love and life.

Seven-day virtual marriage retreat, three options: #1) New this year! “Marriage and Mercy” retreat, themed to fit with the year-long Jubilee of Mercy; #2) “A marriage retreat with Pope Francis” based on his advice about marriage and family life; and #3) based on the USCCB pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. If you are on Facebook, you can join the virtual marriage retreat event by visiting the For Your Marriage Facebook page and clicking on More –> Events *coming soon*.

Single Life

Accepting the vocation of the single life means choosing to serve God as a member of the laity.  Single persons serve the Christian family through acts of love and service, in a variety of lay ministries.  Living a single life invites individuals to make a difference in their community and world as Jesus did.

For someone who has chosen a single life, even though they have not formally taken the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, yet they make a personal commitment to put their freedom at the service of others in their work and prayer. And in doing so, they strive to follow Christ in their daily lives.

 Vocation Events (Events are within St. Anthony Parish and also throughout the Archdiocese of Portland)

 

World Day of Marriage

Seven-day virtual marriage retreat, three options: #1) New this year! “Marriage and Mercy” retreat, themed to fit with the year-long Jubilee of Mercy; #2) “A marriage retreat with Pope Francis” based on his advice about marriage and family life; and #3) based on the USCCB pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. If you are on Facebook, you can join the virtual marriage retreat event by visiting the For Your Marriage Facebook page and clicking on More –> Events *coming soon*.

National Catholic Sisters Week

March 8-14  –  http://www.nationalcatholicsistersweek.org

Vocation Rally

March 15 – 16th, 2017

Attend a Vocation Rally  on March 15th, 2017 at Queen of Peace in Salem, OR or on March 16th, 2017 at St. Anthony in Tigard, OR. All 6th grade students attending are encouraged to join in the Vocation Rally Poster Contest.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations –  May 7th, 2017

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

2017 marks the 54th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Prayer for Vocations

Quo Vadis Days Reunion March 26, 2017

Did you have an awesome time Quo Vadis Days?  Want to hang out with friends for the day?  Join us for a day of prayer, fellowship, fun, and food at Mt. Angel Seminary.  Contact the Office of Vocations for more information at 503-233-8368 or vocations@archdpdx.org

 

Permanent Deacon Ordinations

Transitional Deacon Ordinations

May 20, 2017 at 11:00am

Celebrate the Ordination of the Transitional Deacons in our Archdiocese at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

National Vocation Awareness Week (Booths representing Priesthood, Various Religious Orders, Married couples, Single, Diaconate, Seminarians)

Nun Runs

Opportunity for female teens to see first hand what goes on inside the walls of several convents and discover the charisms of each order.  These visits will be provided by St. Anthony’s Vocations Ministry

Marriage Seminars/Dinners

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Seven-day virtual marriage retreat, three options: #1) New this year! “Marriage and Mercy” retreat, themed to fit with the year-long Jubilee of Mercy; #2) “A marriage retreat with Pope Francis” based on his advice about marriage and family life; and #3) based on the USCCB pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. If you are on Facebook, you can join the virtual marriage retreat event by visiting the For Your Marriage Facebook page and clicking on More –> Events *coming soon*

 Correspondence to Priests, Sisters & Deacons, Seminarians

Annually Honoring our parish Priests, Deacons and Sisters on their ordination/profession anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and during National Vocation Awareness week

Prayer for Vocations

Adoration for Vocations (All Day Adoration for Vocations, 9:00am-8:30pm, months with fifth Friday

“Eucharistic adoration is an essential way of being with the Lord…There we can speak with him about everything. We can offer him our petitions, our concerns, our troubles, our joys, our gratitude, our disappointments, our needs and our aspirations. There we can also constantly ask him: “Lord send laborers into your harvest! Help me to be a good worker in your vineyard! (Pope Benedict XVI, September 11, 2006)”

Vocation Cross Prayer Program

Wanted: Families willing to pray for those discerning marriage, the priesthood, becoming a religious, or living the single life.  Sign up to receive a tote at the mass that you regularly attend.  The tote includes a handmade wooden cross and prayers to be prayed.  Simply return it at the end of two weeks.

To sign up either click on:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d45adab23a6fb6-vocation

or call 503-639-4179 ext. 122 or email Glamer@satigard.org

For more information click here

Rosary for Vocations

(M-F 8:00am-8:20 am prior to mass)

Join an “Invisible Monastery”

Pledge to pray for vocations a the international website, www.invisiblemonastery.com It was inspired by a call from Rome urging Catholics to “organize an invisible monastery” in which many persons, day and night, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations.”

Priesthood and Deaconate

Answering God’s Call with Fr. Jeff Eirvin

Archdiocese of Portland/Vocations office

Archdiocese of Portland – Deaconate

Mt. Angel Seminary

USCCB – Vocations and Discernment

Religious Life

Religious and Consecrated Life

Living life as a Consecrated Virgin

Religious Life as a Sister

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

http://imaginesisters.org

http://WeAreSisters.net

Marriage

Marriage as a Vocation

Single Life

Generous Single Life