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Club Meetings/Speakers

We attend a monthly Mass to pray for an increase in vocations. Afterwards everyone is invited to share coffee and doughnuts prior to a meeting in which various clergy and lay guest speakers cover topics of interest to the club members.

Holy Hour for Vocations

We sponsor a regular monthly Holy Hour for Vocations to express gratitude for the new and soon to be ordained priests as well as to ask Jesus, present in the Holy Eucharist, to bless our diocese with many priestly and religious vocations. An hour spent in the Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Holy Rosary is a wonderful way to invoke The Blessed Mother's aid in asking "the Lord of the harvest to send many priestly and religious vocations for His Church." Our diocese has been truly blessed, but we must continue to pray for vocations to insure that there will to be enough priests and religious to serve the growing number of faithful in the years ahead.

Vocation Essay Contest

Working to create an environment conducive to vocations in our diocese, our club has sponsored a Vocation Essay Contest annually since 2004. In 2011, the Essay Contest was expanded to the entire diocese and is co-sponsored by the Savannah and Augusta clubs and The Southern Cross. The prize money was substantially increased, funded by The Southern Cross contributing $500 and the Savannah and Augusta clubs contributing $150 each. The 1st place winners received $200 and 2nd and 3rd place winners, $125 and $75 respectively in each category every year. This year's topic is: Imagine yourself for a moment as a priest or religious brother or sister.  What would you do to make the world a more holy and loving place?

Priesthood Sunday

In the past, we have promoted the celebration of Priesthood Sunday on Good Shepherd Sunday, the last Sunday in October with the “Say Thank You to Our Priests” project. Boxes are placed in the vestibules of most the deanery churches with special note cards provided by our club for parishioners to write expressions of appreciation and support to their priests. This is a wonderful way to say thank you to these men who have generously and faithfully committed their lives to serve the Lord and the people of God.

31 Club

In the past we have sponsored this proven parish vocation program. At least 31 people sign up to attend one extra Mass on the same day each month throughout the year, hence the name. They offer that Mass for an increase in vocations and also pray for past, present, and future priests, religious sisters, brothers, and deacons. If you miss your chosen date, the nearest convenient date is fine. The membership lasts for three years and members are asked to rejoin at that time. The 31 Club gives parishioners a unique opportunity not only to attend an extra Mass and receive Communion each month, but also dedicate each thought word and deed of the day for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Vocation Retreats

In the past, we have volunteered to cook and serve the meals at VocationsRetreats for young men who are considering whether they had received a call to ministry. This has become a regular project for the club, which gives us an opportunity to meet some of the young men who are considering becoming priests. It is always a very rewarding experience to all who volunteered. We  feel it is a privilege to see these fine young men considering their call from the Lord.

Christmas Cards

Our club members send Christmas Cards to all priests, religious, and seminarians in the Diocese of Savannah as their annual Christmas Affirmation Project. At this special time of year, it is appropriate to say thank you to all the priests and religious in the Diocese of Savannah who have served the people  of God so faithfully. We often get thank you notes back from some recipients letting us know they appreciate being remembered at Christmas.

Clergy/Seminarians Appreciation Supper

The Annual Clergy and Religious Appreciation Supper, co-sponsored by the Vocations Ministry of Savannah and the area Knights of Columbus is traditionally held on the Thursday evening preceding the Ordination Ceremony; we provide a monetary donation to support the dinner. 

Seminarian Pen Pals

Since our inception, our club members have each been assigned one of the seminarians as their pen pal to write notes of encouragement to during the year. These notes as well as care packages have been much appreciated as they give these young men a sense of our gratitude for their willingness to serve the Lord and the faithful in the Diocese of Savannah.

Elijah Cup

We have encouraged this program in the deanery. The Elijah Cup, a consecrated chalice, is provided as a focal point for prayer. Each week at Sunday Mass the celebrant will use the chalice designated as the Elijah Cup. After purifying the chalice at the end of Communion, he calls a family, individual, or couple forward to receive the Elijah Cup. They will take the cup home putting it in a place of honor. Each day for a week during prayer (morning, bedtime or at meals), they will pray for an increase and perseverance of vocations. The following Sunday they will return the cup with the gifts at the Offertory. A diary also travels with the Elijah Cup. Each week the family, individual, or couple that has the cup enters a thought, prayer, or scripture verse. Over time, this diary becomes a prayer journal of the parish.

Past activities

Attend Ordinations and Receptions

Sisters' Appreciation Lunch

Vocation Video Project

Vocation Scholarship

 

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St. John Vianney

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Upcoming Events

Fri Dec 15 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Christmas Party
Sat Jan 20 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Mass/Club Meeting
Sun Jan 28 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Holy Hour
Sat Feb 17 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Mass/Club Meeting
Sun Mar 04 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Holy Hour
Sat Apr 14 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Mass/Club Meeting
Sun Apr 22 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM
Holy Hhour
Sat May 19 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Mass/Club Meeting

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Serra Club of Savannah: Supporting Vocations in the Diocese of Savannah

President: Roger Haneline | VP Communications: Peter Paolucci | Newsletter Editor: Walt Kessel