Youths listen during vocations rally at St. Pius X Parish.
More than 600 sixth graders from Catholic schools and home school families attended rallies last month that urged them to consider the full range of vocations, including religious life and priesthood.
The Archdiocese of Portland Vocations Committee organizes the events, which were hosted this year at St. Pius X Parish in Portland and Queen of Peace Parish in Salem.
The sixth graders were able to see and meet those in consecrated life. The exuberant students enjoyed their time with religious bothers, religious sisters, seminarians, postulants and priests. Activities included youth music program, a short movie focused on the call to vocations, a vocation poster and essay contest, panel discussions, question-and-answer periods, a “Mix and Match” game activity, and one-on-one interactions.
Members of both the Portland and Salem Serra clubs assisted in many parts of the rally. The lay vocations promotion clubs planned activities, donated funds for crosses to give participants, provided morning and lunch refreshments for staff and students, and assisted in several events.