In anticipation of National Vocations Awareness Week next January, Father Mike Perucho, associate pastor at Holy Family Church in Glendale, recently announced a vocations awareness contest for students in parish schools and religious education programs in Deanery 6.“This week is an opportunity for the Catholic community to come together to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education,” said Father Perucho, vocations director for Deanery 6. Teachers and catechists are invited to do lessons on vocations and hold the contest (featuring arts projects for grades K-4 and writing assignments for grades 5-8) during National Vocations Awareness Week Jan. 13-19.Participating schools and parishes will identify and award the top 10 entries per grade level and then submit top winners for Deanery 6-wide award consideration. Entries, marked with student’s name, grade level and parish, must be submitted to Father Perucho at Holy Family parish by Feb. 1. Winners will be announced by March and acknowledged during the week of Good Shepherd Sunday, April 21.“I know within the schools we’re really big about different weeks — such as Drug Awareness Week and Catholic Schools Week — so I’m really trying to push making this week on that same kind of level to bring awareness about vocations,” said Father Perucho. To access lesson plans and activities available on page 58 of the downloadable Parish Vocation Plan booklet, visit For more information, contact Father Perucho, (818) 247-2222 or [email protected]. {gallery width=100 height=100}gallery/2012/1116/vocations/{/gallery}