Download the full document, including the name cards here: Called by Name

Following, is a paragraph in a letter by Pope Benedict XVI.

“It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations, helping children and young people in particular at every level of family, parish and associations – as Jesus did with his disciples – to grow into a genuine and affectionate friendship with the Lord, cultivated through personal and liturgical prayer; to grow in familiarity with the sacred Scriptures and thus to listen attentively and fruitfully to the word of God; to understand that entering into God’s will does not crush or destroy a person, but instead leads to the discovery of the deepest truth about ourselves; and finally to be generous and fraternal in relationships with others, since it is only in being open to the love of God that we discover true joy and the fulfilment of our aspirations. “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church” means having the courage, through an attentive and suitable concern for vocations, to point out this challenging way of following Christ which, because it is so rich in meaning, is capable of engaging the whole of one’s life. ” Message of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the 48th Day of Prayer for Vocations

When I became the diocesan vocation director in 2006, I asked parishioners to write down names of people they thought should consider the priesthood or religious life: the names of females were sent to the vocation directors of those who had sisters in our diocese; the names of married men went to Deacon Ray Purvis in the permanent diaconate office. Our office followed up with as many of the single male candidates as we could. I am asking you to hold a “Called by Name” in your parish. The practicalities of holding a “called by name weekend” is provided on the next page. It will help us have a fresher database. It will also be interesting to see how many who have already “been called” are “called again.” I can do my best to get around to the communities and am grateful for the reception I receive as I come to your place, but to be most effective in fostering vocations, it will take the work of the local folks to help determine who the Lord may be calling from their community. This is an excellent way to begin collecting names again.

Thanks so much for your help in this matter. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to call me. I would like to talk to you about it and make it as successful as possible.

Practically speaking, how does one go about doing “Called by Name.”

1) 2 weeks before: Bulletin notice (provided A.)

2) 1 week before

another Bulletin Notice (provided B.)

2 General Intercessions (provided C); it makes sense to pray for people before naming

announcement or homily paragraph (provided D.)

3) weekend of Called by Name

Name Card (provided E) 2 on a sheet; sheet has to be photocopied and cut. You can use this as a template and make the Name Card smaller to fit more on

a sheet; but experience tells me the print and lines get too small for people.

Place several Name Sheets in each pew with writing utensils

At some point introduce the Name Card (F. introduction provided)

4) Collect Name Cards from pews

5) Very Important: Look over the names on the Name Cards.

Make sure all information is filled out; if you could fill out the rest of the

information from your parish office, please do so. If the man is married, please indicate.

6) Turn in all of the Name Cards to our office that you believe are genuine.

For females: We will send them to the vocation directors of the women in our diocese and to the orders who have current women in formation from our diocese.

Married men: We will give their names to the permanent diaconate office.

Single males: We will contact in the near future.

OR

You can do all of this via e-mail if you prefer. That way it will not cost your parish to mail the information to us.

“Provided” information on the next page:

A) Two week Bulletin Notice:

We are encouraged to pray for the Harvest Master to send more laborers into his vineyard and then to be the voice of God as we call forth those we believe the Lord is calling to priesthood and religious life. In two weeks, (insert dates Called by Name will happen) we will have forms in the pews for you to fill out naming people you believe the Lord may be calling to priesthood or religious life. Please begin praying for them now and be ready to have them “called by name.”

B) One week Bulletin Notice:

Next week we will have “Called by Name” in our parish. Please continue to pray for the people you believe the Lord is calling to priesthood and/or religious life. Next week, when you come to church, make sure you have the name, age, parents’ name (if person is still in school) and address of the people you want to have “called by name.” Cards will be in the pews.

C) General Intercession:

1) For those who are Called by Name from our parish that they may be open to and respond generously to the vocation the Lord is calling them to live, we pray to the Lord.

2) that more men and women from our parish respond generously to the call to priesthood and religious life and they have a supportive community around them as they discern.

D) Announcement and/or homily help the weekend before Called by Name:

Next weekend we will call forth potential priests and sisters from our parish. We will be using a format that has been used by several dioceses for a very long time: it is “Called by Name.” Next week, in your pew, you will find “Name Cards” and writing utensils. We will ask you to fill out these Name Cards providing the name, age, parents’ name (if person is still in school) and address of the people you want to have “called by name.” Information on these cards will be forwarded to the diocesan vocation office.

E.) next sheet

F) Announcement and / or homily help weekend of Called by Name

Over the past two weeks you have been invited to pray for people you believe the Lord may be calling to priesthood and religious life. Today, we take the next step. In your pew, you will find “Name Cards” and writing utensils. I ask you to take this time now to fill out the Name Cards providing the name, age, parents’ name (if person is still in school) and address of the people you want to have “called by name.” One name per card, please. Information on these cards will be forwarded to the diocesan vocation office.

Download the full document, including the name cards here: Called by Name