Holy Orders

Holy Orders

He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." - Luke 10:2

A Call from God

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults teaches us, that from the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Where does our Diocese send Seminarians?

Vocations at St. Bernadette Church

Heavenly Father, bless our diocese with the grace of many vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life from our parish. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, grant those You have called, the courage to follow Your will. Grant also to those serving as priests the grace to serve with the faithfulness of Christ. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Bernadette Church Vocations Committee

The mission of St. Bernadette's Vocations Committee is to promote vocations by prayer, personal contact and projects involving the parish and families in an effort to be blessed with dedicated priests, deacons, consecrated persons, and faith-filled and generous parents and single people.

How We Support Vocations

We carry out our mission by:

  • Encouraging Eucharistic Adoration for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life at 6pm on the 1st Thursday of each month
  • Collectively and Individually Praying for Vocations
How You Can Help

If you are interested in helping with these activities or for additional information regarding the St. Bernadette's Vocations Committee, please contact the parish office at 417-745-6361 or stbernadettechurch@hotmail.com

The fruit of our prayers

Our vocations committee works tirelessly to support vocations in our parish and community. We encourage you and your family to pray for vocations and get involved with our mission. Our prayer and encouragement assists young members in our parish in discerning their vocation.