"The Sacraments of vocation, Holy Orders and Matrimony sanctivy the human community and the building up of the Kingdom through the generous service of life. ...Holy Orders and Matrimony are directed towards the salvation of others if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God." (CCC #1534)
Everyone has a vocation in life. A vocation is a call to be holy. God has given us the free will to choose our vocations. However, God has a vocation in mind for all of us and hopes that we choose it. One must engage in a process of discernment in order to learn of what one's vocation in life truly is. This process of discernment requires prayer, simple communication with God. Time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is very helpful for this discerning and figuring out what God is calling us to in life. Lord, do you want me to marry? If so, then who? Send me my spouse. Lord do you want to become a nun, if so, then reveal to me what Order? Lord do you want me to become a priest or join an ecclesial community? If we want to as fulfilled as possible in this life, then we want to live the vocation that God is asking us to live. A commitment to choose God's will over our own can be the beginning of realizing our vocations in life.
The vocation that God has chosen for us is the way in which we will find our holiness. For many people, marriage is the way in which people will find their holiness. For others it is priesthood or consecrated life or religious life.
No matter what the vocation, they all require sacrifice and gift of self, which is love. All vocations make us holy, all vocations are a form of loving our neighbor. All people everywhere are called to be holy, to live their vocations in life.
In Christian marriage the bond between man and woman is to reflect Christ's love for the Church. This is the vocation of marriage, to serve one another selflessly.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.
Discernment Weekends for women discerning consecrated life are offered through various religious orders throughout the diocese.