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"...is used as a focal point of prayer for increase in priestly and religious vocations."

Elijah Cup

What is the Elijah Cup?
The Elijah Cup ministry has as its main focus to pray for an increase in priestly and religious vocations. Each week, a family, couple, or individual that has previously signed up, will receive the Elijah Cup Chalice at the Mass during the offertory. For that week, the chalice remains with them as a focal point of prayer in their homes, dedicated specifically for an increase in priestly and religious vocations. The Elijah Cup travels with a prayer journal that contains several prayers to reflect on, as well as providing a place for the household members to record their thoughts and prayers. At the end of the week the chalice is returned before Mass starts, and is then handed over to the next person or family that signed up.

Why is it called the Elijah Cup?
The scriptural basis of this program comes from the Old Testament reading of Elijah and the widow (1 Kings 17: 8-15), where God promises the widow that by  providing food for Elijah of what little she had, "the jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry ." At this command, the widow and her son were able to eat for a year without running out of food. Likewise, through this program, by offering what we have, we pray that God will provide and we will see an overflow of vocations in the parish, the deanery and the diocese at large.

Where did the chalice come from?
The chalice is on loan to us from Fr. Jerry. His great uncle, Msgr. Carl Engbarth, served as a priest of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas from 1932 until his death in 1959. Mrs. Dorothy Veal, Msgr. Engbarth’s sister, gave the chalice to Fr. Jerry.



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