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By Rebecca Teti

Monday: Parenting

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Terrible toddlers? Trying teens? Something in between? This weekly forum is the spot to share your questions and struggles about all things related to parenthood.

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Rebecca Teti


  • Here's a question, since it's National Vocation Awareness week. What does your family do to promote vocations? In what ways do you present a priestly or religious vocation as a possibility for your kids or the other young people in your life?

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 8:34 AM by Rebecca Teti

  • This is a prayer request (definitely parenting-related!) for a friend of mine whose 2-year-old son is awaiting a liver transplant to help him beat a rare kind of pediatric cancer. Please pray for their family and that a liver becomes available soon (he's at the top of the list). Thank you!

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 9:22 AM by Allison

  • Oh, gosh! Will definitely pray!

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 9:46 AM by Rebecca

  • Rebecca, We promote vocations in several different ways in our family. My boys receive a Mass kit on their 3rd birthday so they can "play" Mass and when they are 10 years old we encourage them to be altar servers. As a family, we volunteer at the local monastery usually doing yard work and this has given us an opportunity to develop a relationship with two of the Poor Clare sisters there. We also attend the ordinations for deacons and priests in our dioceses and of course pray for vocations on a regular basis. We have a friend whose son,Thomas, is a seminarian. He sends us quarterly newsletters of his adventures. We share these with the boys and the boys have the opportunity to respond via email to his newsletter. Thomas is the oldest of 7 so he is really good about replying to the boys with a line or two. When we go to new places, we make a point of trying to visit places where vocations are physically present and being discerned. For example, last year when in Nashville we attend Mass and arranged a tour with the Nashville Dominican sisters. As an aside this is a lovely place and it was beautiful to hear the 100 plus sisters singing. If you go in the summer when all the sisters are home there will be over 300 singing. It is quite angelic. I would love to hear other's ideas for how to promote vocations.

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 9:59 AM by Jenny

  • Yes, we do. We have always made it a point to include the religious life as a vocation option. Whenever the girls talk about growing up and getting married, we'll always include, "...or become a nun...whatever God has chosen for you to do in your life." "When you go off to college, or the convent..." We also try to keep them interacting with the priest and nuns in our parish, so they know they are real people.

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 10:07 AM by Terri

  • One thing we try and do is to ask "what does God want you to be when you grow up?" as opposed to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" We pray for vocations in our family every night at "family prayer." Our oldest (9) has said since age 3 that he wants to be a priest so it makes it easy to talk about with the other kids as well.

    Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 at 3:16 PM by Lisa

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