Today begins vocation awareness week!  This week is chosen because of its connection to All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ Day sets before us the universal call to holiness; all of us are called to grow in holiness, but each according to his or her vocation.  The Church and her mission require many different people and gifts.  God can use anyone who has a willing heart – kings and beggars, mothers and fathers, courageous and virtuous teenagers and young adults, as well as priests, nuns, and consecrated religious.  Our diocese has been praying Archbishop Schnurr’s prayer for vocations at Sunday Mass, and not without effect.  More men are studying to be priests for our archdiocese and nine men likely to be ordained as priests in May.  Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, the director for vocations, will visit our youth group this weekend Sunday evening (Nov. 4).  Mother Seraphina from the Franciscan Daughters of Mary in Covington, KY will be speaking to our students at St. Peter school on Thursday.

If you have kids in junior high you don’t want to miss Badin High School’s open house this weekend – Sunday, 1-4pm!

I hope many of you enjoyed a turkey dinner at St. Peter’s last night; it’s not too late to RSVP for the heritage dinner next Saturday at St. Julie’s.  Community events are an important part of the life of the parish.  Many hands make light work; maybe next year you will help.

This Thursday Pathway to Hope will have an open house from 4-8pm at their new location on Monument Avenue (near the Fitton Center).

What a joy to know, love, and serve God so as to become Saints!