Vocation-Young Family Lesson 2018-2019

Focus – Vocation: Holy Orders – Bishops, Priests, and Deacons


  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) as indicated.
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.


Begin the lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross
  • Pray from Scripture – Read John 20:21 (CCB pg 1704)
  • Say the following prayer together:

Lord, please bless our Bishop, Priests and Deacons. Give our brothers in faith the strength and courage to continue the ministry of the Apostles. Amen

  • End with the Sign of the Cross


  • Vocations – a divine “call” to God’s service to the Christian life.
  • All Christians share in the priesthood of Christ through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We are all called to service – this includes married or single people, religious orders (nuns and brothers) and those ordained as bishops, priests and deacons.
  • Holy Orders is one of the 7 Sacraments (it’s a Sacrament of service). The sacrament is given only once and the ordained remain a member of the priesthood or diaconate (deacon) forever.

1.  Parents, watch the following 2 videos. Decide which (all, part or none) to show your children  1. What are the Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders 2. Sacraments 101-What Ordination Means 

2.  Parents, print out and complete any or all of the following sheets for your children:

Holy Orders coloring sheet

Holy Orders activity sheet

Three Types of Ordained Ministry activity sheet  (some of the answers can be found in St. Mary’s website)

3.  Let’s take a glimpse into the Life as a Priest and the journey to discernment.



  • Pray for Vocations, especially for men considering priesthood or the diaconate.
  • Pray for our priests and deacons here at St Mary’s- that they are fortified by the Holy Spirit to minister and serve all in our parish.
  • Hand write a personal note of appreciation, thanks and encouragement to our priests and/or deacons and hand it to them in person, perhaps before or after a Mass.


End the lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross
  • Pray from Scripture – Read  2 Timothy 1:6-7 (CCB pg 1883)
  • End with the Sign of the Cross