A Chalice Donated for a New Chapel in our Parish by Chris
|This is the chalice that was donated. |
A chalice is a cup-shaped vessel or goblet used at Mass
to contain the Precious Blood of Christ.
The parish that we work out of here in Santa Rosa has one main church in the center of town and is surrounded by 41 additional chapels that range from about 10 minutes away up to about 2 1/2 hours away. One of the newest chapels is one under construction in a small village called La Esperanza, translated as "The Hope". This small community of about 25 families started building this chapel for their community about 1 1/2 years ago. They have raffles and bingos and other fundraisers just like every other church I can think of as a way to raise funds for the construction. We have been here about 6 months and still have not been able to visit all of the 41 communities yet. So, one day in March, I received an email from our FMC leadership stating that a generous donor in Louisiana had donated a chalice and they were looking for a good home for it in the mission field. I saw the email but thought to myself, this will probably get taken before I can arrange anything with the parish priest. Nevertheless, I contacted Fr. Geison (Jason) and asked him if he knew of a community that did not yet have a chalice for their chapel. He immediately answered back with the community of "The Hope" or La Esperanza. I responded back to our FMC leadership with the information and was very blessed to find out that it had not been spoken for and made arrangements for it to come down with a short-term mission trip that we hosted in April.
|The picture doesn't do the road justice...|
it is a bumpy, hilly, slippery 30-minute drive out to La Esperanza
|Before mass, Father Stward asked me to give some background on the chalice|
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Thank you and may God bless you and all those