A chalice is a special vessel that is used during Mass, where the bread and the wine are transformed into the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ by a Priest. Therefore, since the chalice has become an important symbol of the Priesthood, we have designated a chalice to be the Vocational Chalice for our Parish.
Although this chalice is new and has not been used for the celebration of the Eucharist, it will serve us with two purposes: on the one hand, it encourages families to pray together for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. On the other hand, it inculcates a spirit of prayer in our families on a daily basis.
The tradition will start at one of the weekend Masses after communion, the Priest will call forward the chosen family for the week and then they will receive the chalice. The idea is that the family keeps this chalice in a suitable part of their house so they can be mindful of the need we have for vocations. After the week, the family would bring the chalice back to the parish so another family can receive it and do the same.
The Vocational Chalice is just a visible sign that reminds us of the importance of unceasing prayer in family for the common needs of our community, and in this case, vocations.