Someday This Will Be a Chalice

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By Dan Valenti (Jan 28, 2011)
When God's will permits Deacon Angelo Casimiro, MIC, to raise the chalice in celebrating the first Mass of his priesthood, Marian Helpers will be "there" with him.

Late last year, the Association of Marian Helpers mailed benefactors a letter with an unusual attachment: a small piece of pewter. Why would the Association send such an unusual item? They did it to fashion a sacred cup.

When Marian benefactors have returned their pieces of pewter, the pieces will be melted and cast into a chalice. An artisan will guide the process and oversee the finishing. The chalice will be lined with gold and presented to Deacon Angelo as a special gift at his priestly ordination.

Why pewter? Pewter is a metal alloy (usually tin, copper, and bismuth) noted for its malleability. It has a low melting point, making it versatile for fashioning a variety of vessels and objects. It's much the same way God works with people.

"When God calls a person to the religious life, He often asks what seems too difficult," says Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, director of Evangelization and Development for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. "In our humanness, we often put limitations on our abilities and gifts, particularly when it comes to serving the Lord. God, though, sees the possibilities in us. He fashions the vessel. We are the clay."

Or the pewter, in this case. In faith, open to God's will, we are malleable.

In his letter, "Fr. Joseph, MIC," director of the Association of Marian Helpers, invited Marian Helpers to include prayer intentions, sentiments on the chalice program, and thoughts on Deacon Angelo's vocation. These will be on the altar at his first Mass.

"Imagine the joy of contributing to a gift that will be used during the consecration in Holy Mass offered by the new Marian priest," Fr. Joseph writes. "Thousands of people over [Angelo's] lifetime will share the most Precious Blood of Jesus. A chalice is a gift that is often given by a new priest's family. Because you are a part of the Marian family, we thought it would be appropriate to ask you to help Deacon Angelo and all the Marian seminarians."

Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, the new "Fr. Joseph, MIC," says sending a man through the seminary is a costly proposition: "[The Marians'] richness in vocations comes with a price tag." He asks for your help.

"I have been so humbled by the help I've received along the way since [joining the Marians] in 2005," Deacon Angelo says. "When you answer a call from the Lord, it's not easy, and I don't think it's meant to be easy. God wants us to be sure of our vocations, so He tests us. At the same time, he gives us Jesus, The Divine Mercy, and the help of the greatest intercessor anyone could ever have in Our Lady."

Deacon Angelo thanks all of Marian Helpers for your prayers, encouragement, and support. You can help Deacon Angelo and the other 150 men in formation as Marians by contributing to the Marian Helpers' Chalice. Call Fr. Joseph's Special Gifts office at 1-800-671-2020 or visit online.

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