St. Matthias Vocations Ministry

Mission Statement:

The St Matthias Vocations Ministry encourages and fosters vocations by promoting awareness of various kinds of vocations and helping parishioners of all ages discern God’s call to holiness and follow their vocations intentionally and mindfully.  Co-Chairs: Joe Percoco & MaryBeth Vetter Purcell   Email: StMatthiasVocationsMinistry@gmail.com

The Vocations Ministry is exploring Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad” (On the Call to Holiness.) See our weekly bulletin articles and read the document at:
https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20180319_gaudete-et-exsultate.html

Events:

  • August 1, 2021 Ministry Commissioning at the 10 am Mass.
  • November 13, 2021 Parish Retreat – more information to come.

Called to Build God’s Kingdom 

Prayer for Discernment 

 O God, 

You have a plan for each one of us, 

You hold out to us a future full of hope. 

Give us the wisdom of your Spirit 

so that we can see the shape of your plan 

in the gifts you have given us, 

and in the circumstances of our daily lives. 

Give us the freedom of your Spirit, 

to seek you with all our hearts, 

and to choose your will above all else. 

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. 

—Based on Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Suggested Reading List:

Discernment is for every Christian — not just Jesuits: an interview with Arturo Sosa, SJ

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/05/15/superior-general-arturo-sosa-jesuits-ignatian-year-240668

Pope John XXIII, Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations) http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

Pope Francis, Guadete et Exsultate (Rejoice & Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World)  http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20180319_gaudete-et-exsultate.html

Albert Haase; Practical Holiness: Pope Francis as Spiritual Companion

Albert Haase; Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will In Your Life

Edward Hahnenberg; Awakening Vocation: A theology of Christian Call

Stephen Martin; The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Find Your Vocation

Mark Thibodeaux; God’s Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will

You Tube Videos on Vocations

What is my vocation?: https://youtu.be/mhh01pIqxtQ

James Martin: World Youth Day Talk:  Vocation  Discussion:  https://youtu.be/GpGd8-8eEB8

Priscilla Shirer: You Go Through More Because You’re Called to More: https://youtu.be/auMFDfbHjvY

Sunday Homily: The Path to Holiness: https://youtu.be/km91ZtF6hzo

Embracing Pope Francis’ Call to holiness: https://youtu.be/KW6e8DgJnK4

Keys to understanding the new papal document about the call to holiness: https://youtu.be/NXcAi_DO6gk

Bishop Baron on the Call to Holiness: https://youtu.be/eOTfpHvfC3U

Father Martin Guadete et Exsultate top 5 takeaways from Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation: https://youtu.be/JRweQno8PJA

Holiness: Francis’ formula for holiness: https://youtu.be/0HMVuPUQ6BQ

The AX: Guadete et Exsultate Part 1: https://youtu.be/EC-kb3b1gOU