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In our Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative Pastoral Plan, one of the goals we set for ourselves was to "Establish a Vocations Committee to promote an ongoing culture of vocations to the diocesan priesthood." 

"Many Are Called" Vocations Chalice Program

One of our Collaborative's initiaves is the "Many Are Called" Vocations Chalice program.  The purpose is to encourage families to pray and promote priestly vocations to the Archdiocese of Boston.  The Chalice is a tangible reminder of this special intention for the Church.  The Second Vatican Council highlights the responsibility of the laity to pray for and support vocations to the priesthood.

Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations.  A vocation is a call from the Holy Spirit, a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer.  When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Heavenly Father those men He is calling to follow Him in a very special way.

How Does the Program Work?

Every two weeks at Mass, an assigned family, couple, or individual is called forward to receive the Vocation Chalice Kit and a special blessing.  This kit contains a chalice, Bible, battery-operated candle, table mat, and a simple prayer service.  The Vocation Chalice Kit is taken home and set up in a place of honor where the prayer service can be prayed.  We ask that the individual or family set aside time once a day to pray for an increase and perseverance of priestly vocations to the Archdiocese of Boston.  At the conclusion of the two week period, the family brings the kit back to the assigned Mass and at that time will pass it on to the next family in view of the gathered assembly.

If you wish to support our priests and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood by participating in this program, please contact:

OLA - Christine Barraford at

SMG – Donna Hegan at


Prayer for Vocations

At every Mass, we recite a Prayer for Vocations:

Lord, you have always been our Good Shepherd and great High Priest. In every age we believe you call others to follow your example and be of special service to your holy people. It is not always easy to understand the way you want us to follow you. Send your Spirit, Lord, so that all those you call will know how to respond with a generous heart and come to experience that peace which is a sign of your love for us. Amen.

Vocations Panel Discussion

On February 26, 2017, our Collaborative hosted a panel to promote vocations to the priesthood.  Led by Father Daniel Hennessey, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Boston, the panel also included Deacon John Cronin and Corey Bassett-Tirrell, both seminarians at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, as well as Francis Pham, a former Cistercian monk who is now preparing to become a diocesan priest and is currently serving as a Pastoral Associate for the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative. 

To watch the view of the event, click here

Vocations Committee

Our Vocations Committee, comprised of members from both OLA and SMG parishes, continues to seek new volunteers.  For more information, please contact Jim McGovern, Chair, at or 781-334-6527 or Donna Delahanty, Director of Parish Ministries, at or 781-598-4313 x203.  Check the Vocations Committee Meeting Schedule tab for meeting dates.

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