Vocations Committee

Contact: Kathy Greenler Sexton 978-258-0433, kathy@greenler.com
David Tagliaferri 978-475-4287
Tonya Urquizo tonyaclawson@hotmail.com


What is a Vocation    | 2014-2015 Activities | Vocation Resources

God has blessed me in unique ways. How should I use my gifts to serve Him?

Prayer of St. Augustine – This is a beautiful musical setting of St. Augustine’s prayer as sung by Dan Purkapile.  Please enjoy.

What is a Vocation?

What is a vocation? Quite simply, a vocation is how you choose to live your life, using the gifts you have been blessed with in a way that best honors, serves, and pleases our Lord. A vocation includes: ordained vocations such as the Priesthood and Diaconate, the consecrated religious life for men and women, marriage, parenthood and the single life — all ways of living our lives in dedication to our Lord.

The St. Augustine Vocations Committee has been established to increase awareness and education concerning all vocations. We work to encourage parishioners to understand their unique gifts and talents given by God— and through prayer— determine his or her unique vocation.

We coordinate many activities in support of vocations throughout the year including: Praying the Augustinian Corona Rosary every First Friday after Adoration, Vocations Week, World Marriage Day, World Day of Prayer for Vocations,  World Day of Prayer for Priests and other activities.

The Vocations Committee meets once a month (the third Tuesday of each month at 7PM). We welcome anyone who would like to join the Committee to support our mission!

God, I know You love me and have great plans for me.  But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future. Show me how to walk forward one day at a time.  May I take heart while I search openly, learn about all the choices, listen to others for advice, and pay attention to my own feelings. By doing these things, may I hear your call to a lifestyle and a career that will let me love as only I can, and let me serve others with the special gifts that You have given me. Amen

2014-2015 Activities

Each of us has been blessed by God with our own unique gifts and talents. Understanding our calling, or vocation, and using our unique gifts takes prayerful reflection. The following activities are designed to help those who attend to be able to be inspired, listen to God, and better understand how best each of us can use our talents in service of God.

If you feel the calling to join the Vocations Committee and support this ministry and our activities—please contact one of the co-chairs. We would be happy to have you join us!

First Friday’s at 5:00 PM,  join us and pray the Augustinian Corona Rosary. 

Every month, on the First Friday at 5PM, please join us in praying the Augustinian Corona Rosary.  The Augustinian Rosary is dedicated to Our Mother of Consolation and offered for vocations to the Augustinian Order, men and women religious, and followed by Benediction.

Click here for more information on how the Augustinian Corona Rosary is prayed.

October 19-21, 2014 Parish Mission – Fr. Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. presents The Sacraments, the Treasures of Our Faith  

Please join us in our Parish for an evening or all the evenings!

Sunday, October 19th, 7:30pm – The Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation 

Where do you feel comfortable and welcome?  Why did Jesus like to party so much?  Do you know who the lost member of the Trinity is?  What do bowling shoes have to do with Confirmation? These questions and many more will be pondered and hopefully answered on Sunday night.  Will you be there to find the answers or will you miss out and wonder forever?

Monday, October 20th, 7:30pm – The Sacraments of Healing – Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation 

Why is Hollywood boycotting Vatican II?  What is the difference between the 5th and 6th Commandments?  Find out why the Andover Police Department will be flooded with calls on Monday night.   You do not want to miss this night – come and find out why!

Tuesday, October 21st, 7:30pm –  The Sacraments of Vocation – Matrimony and Holy Orders 

Find out why you should never get married.  Come and get your dishtowel.

If you are alive
If you are male or female
If you are young or old or somewhere in between
If you are a bishop, priest, deacon, sister, brother, or lay minister
If you are married, divorced, widowed or single
If you have said yes to your vocation or if you are still wondering what it is
You need to be in Church on Tuesday night!

Vocations Week October 18th-25th, 2014

We will celebrate Vocations Awareness week this year starting the week-end of October 18th and 19th.   Learn, hear and understand how others have found their Vocation and perhaps, better understand how you can use your gifts to serve our Lord.
Please Join Us!

All Masses, Oct. 18/19 2014: Inspirational Talk
by Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, OSA

Biography

Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. is an experienced teacher, administrator, retreat director and parish mission preacher. A native of the South Side of Chicago, he grew up in St. Adrian Parish in Marquette Park where he attended Catholic grade and high schools.  He graduated from Villanova with a BA in Communication Arts and has an MA in Educational Administration from Lewis University.

Fr. Tom entered the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Order in 1987.  After completing his novitiate,  he attended Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.

Fr. Tom is the Vocation Director for the Midwest and Eastern Provinces of the Augustinian Order.  He is also the Chaplain and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Rita of Cascia High School where he has served since 1994, first as teacher and later as Principal and President.

Daily Prayer Intentions

Sunday, Oct. 19th: ALL Vocations
Monday, Oct. 20st: Augustinian and the Consecrated Religious Life
Tuesday, Oct. 21nd: Marriage
Wednesday, Oct. 22rd: Ordained Vocations—Priesthood and Diaconate
Thursday, Oct. 23th: Single Life
Friday, Oct.  24th: Parenthood
Saturday, Oct. 25th: ALL Vocations


St. Augustine School children created unique testimonies about their ideas of vocations and how to use the gifts God blesses us with.  Click on the name of the child to see their video. Enjoy!

Day of Prayer for Augustinian Vocations – November 13, 2014

The Order of St. Augustine are followers of Jesus Christ, who live in faith-filled community in the spirit of St. Augustine, the great Doctor of the Church. Join us for a day of prayer for Augustinian Vocations.

Prayer for Vocations Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest who calls men and women to loving service: All glory and praise are yours, God of truth, light of our hearts, for you guide your people in the ways of holiness. Help those who follow in the footsteps of Augustine to see you through mutual love and worship and to be servants of your Church as examples that others may follow. Enlighten men and women to see the beauty of common life in the spirit of Saint Augustine, and strengthen them in your service so that the work you have begun in them may be brought to fulfillment. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
Blessed Stephen Bellesini, O.S.A., pray for us.

Blessed Stephen Bellesini, OSA (1774-1840) was an Italian Augustinian friar known for his preaching, teaching, and ministry to youth and is considered the patron of vocations to the Augustinian Order.  His feast day is February 3rd.

World Day for Consecrated Life – February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015 is World Day of Consecrated Life, a commemoration begun by Blessed John Paul II in 1997. The World Day of Consecrated Life is held on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the Pope explained, because “the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is an eloquent icon of the total offering of one’s life for all those who are called to show forth in the Church and in the world, by means of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one.”

World Marriage Day, February 8, 2015

We will be celebrating the Vocation of Marriage and World Marriage Day at all Masses on the weekend of Feb 7th and 8th. We will be honoring and praying for all married couples during all Masses over the weekend.
(Something special will be handed out!)

Your Marriage is Your Call to Holiness (video)

World Day of Prayer for Vocations  ( Good Shepherd Sunday)  – April 26, 2015

In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We will be praying at all Masses, highlighting the importance of vocations in the life and mission of the Church, as well as for intensifying our prayer that they may increase in number and quality.

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests – June 12, 2015

Blessed John Paul II established that on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Church will observe the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

National Vocations Week – November 2015

National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Vocation Resources

Fall in Love
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.

It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
From Finding God in All Things: A Marquette Prayer Book © 2009
Marquette University Press. Used with permission.

“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being”.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)