In order to encourage vocations, St. Louis Parish will begin a Traveling Vocations Chalice Program. The program is simple. Each Sunday, an assigned family, couple or individual will come forward at the end of the 9:30 a.m. Mass (or one of the Masses) to receive the Vocations Chalice and a special prayer written to accompany it. In taking the chalice in behalf of our parish, they commit themselves to pray that week, the vocations prayer in thanksgiving for all those generously sharing in Church ministry and in particular for the gift of priests, deacons, sisters and brothers to serve in our Austin Diocese. All households are invited to participate in this program. It is our hope that this experience will encourage each of us to take seriously our vocation as a member of the Body of Christ while encouraging all of us to pray for the gift of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May our prayer inspire young men and women to be attentive to the Call of the Spirit within them and to step forward in faith, with generous hearts, to wherever the Spirit leads them.