Called Beyond Parish Vocations Week
What does Called Beyond offer a parish?
Called Beyond is a parish vocations week. It enables a parish to begin developing a culture of vocation over the long term.
How does a parish go about this?
This is a parish week, not a national week. So the Parish Priest and one or two parishioners decide they want to explore this and meet the Diocesan Vocations Director to discuss it. If they agree to go ahead, then a parish team is set up to receive training and resources.
What does Called Beyond look like in practice?
Planning begins several months before the week starts. The week begins on Sunday with a specially planned Mass at which parishioners are asked to express their Christian vocation by going ‘beyond the call of duty’ in their daily lives this week. Each day there is a different public event held outside parish premises. The second Sunday concludes the week at which the team describe the vital work of continuing to develop the culture of vocation in the parish.
What sorts of events take place?
Coffee with Father in a coffee shop when a priest describes his vocation. At Home with a married couple describing their vocation. An Evening with the Sisters when a local community invite people to meet them. Signposts to help young people make good life choices. Inspirations as people describe those following different vocations to their own.
What is Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment?
This is the theme of the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2018. Pope Francis is asking the whole Church to develop new ways of accompanying young people as they discover their calling. Called Beyond is a way of preparing your parish for this task.
What support does a parish receive?
The National Office for Vocation will offer regional training days and at least 2 lay people from each parish team attend. A web site will provide video and printed guidance for each liturgy and each event. Publicity materials, available via another web site, can be customised online to advertise events before being printed professionally and sent directly to the parish.
Why should a parish do this?
By celebrating the many vocations through which people live as disciples of Christ, more people may come to hear Christ calling them to a specific vocation. Called Beyond enables a parish to grow into a community that not only strengthens everybody in their vocation but also accompanies those questioning their future, especially the young and those in distress. To develop such a culture of vocation is a service to the church and to the local community.
If your parish is already preparing for a Called Beyond week and would like access to the free resources, please contact us using the enquiry form below and request a password.
Interested in taking part?
If you are a Parish Priest in England or Wales and would like to know more about Called Beyond for your parish, please fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you.