New Program – RACE FOR VOCATIONS
MAY 5th is the Race for Vocations in downtown Indianapolis. All of the training events will now pay off for the entrants running or walking in the event. This event is also a great opportunity to volunteer to help with the event if you are not participating as a runner or walker. Race for Vocations is a new Indiana charity program to raise funds to support Vocations. If you are not capable of running or walking, come support and cheer everyone else.
The Race for Vocations welcomes people of all ages to run/walk in the Mini Marathon or 5K to both promote and pray for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, sacred married life and sacred single life. The Race for Vocations takes place within the One America Festival Mini Marathon and 5K the first Saturday of May each year in Indianapolis. More information is available at http://raceforvocations.org/
VOCATIONS -- The end of the fraternal year is approaching. Has your council filed a vocation activity report? A vocation activity is a requirement to be eligible for the state Pinta Award. The number of councils reporting a vocation activity is very small so far this fraternal year. Appoint a member that loves doing computer work to do your council’s activity report forms. Filling out a form, that’s very little time. Every council should be trying to receive the Pinta Award.
April 22 – World Day of Prayer for Vocations. I challenge all councils to start planning some activities with your pastor to participate in World Day of Prayer for Vocations, even if it is nothing more than saying a prayer for vocations at Mass. If your parish is lucky enough to have a seminarian, say a prayer for your seminarian. We need more people considering the religious life. Remember to file your activity report for the event promoting vocations.
SOS – Time is flying by! Where has this fraternal year gone? Your council has been collecting the S.O.S. funds (Add-a-Buck) for the seminarians. Has your council reached their goal of 100% participation or more by the council members? Deadline for mailing in the SOS donations is June 1st. Mail your check along with a copy of form IN-SOS1 to the Indiana State Treasurer Craig Hanusin, 1835 Azalea Drive, Munster, IN 46121. Deadline is June 1, 2018.
RSVP -- Remember seminarians continually need our help. There many ways to support them: spiritually, monetarily and with communication. Birthday cards, Christmas cards or just send notes of encouragement, these mean so much to the seminarians knowing that someone cares about them or is interested in them. Use this form when participating in the RSVP Program: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/rsvp_refund2863_p.pdf
Important Dates to remember:
- World Day of Prayer for Vocations (April 22, 2018)
- April 20, 21, 22, 2018 – Indiana State Convention. This is the best time for Councils to turn in S.O.S. funds.
- May 5, 2018 – Race For Vocations.
- June 1, 2018 – Deadline to turn in all S.O.S. funds and forms to State Treasurer.
Indiana State Vocations Chairman