Vocation Chalice Ministry
Many older Catholics remember parish life and schools staffed by an abundance of priests and sisters. But, younger Catholics have grown up with little or no experience of women and men in religious life. To raise the awareness level of vocations at St. Polycarp’s, we are once again trying to re-establish this ministry. As of now, (June 27, 2018) parishioners have not come forward to sign up to take the Vocation Chalice home to pray for vocations nor has anyone come forward to take over leading this very important ministry. If you are interested in joining this important ministry, please call Kathy MacDonald at (302) 653 – 8976 or Linda Mood at (302) 653 – 6852.
This ministry consists of a different parishioner each weekend being commissioned to take a Chalice and Paten home with them after Mass. They can place it on their kitchen / dining room tables and during meals do faith sharing about “Vocations”. After the sharing a different person offers prayers focused on creating a culture of “Vocations” in the home and in the parish.
Since the founding of this parish in 1914, five women have said YES to a call to serve God as nuns. One priest has been ordained, Fr. Mast, in May 1972.This 50th anniversary year of the dedication of the Church buildings in May 1968, is a fitting occasion to re-introduce this ministry. Hopefully, it will encourage parishioners to get to know our seminarian, Adam Bauer, and to help our young people develop prayer habits, especially for vocation discernment, which is an integral part of the faith formation of youth.