Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, parishioners take the Elijah Cup into their home for a week and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The board of those signed up to take the Elijah Cup fills up quickly each year. There is no lack of desire to pray for vocations, displaying the passion of the parishioners in this important mission.

Individuals, couples, and families of the parish alike pray together for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It helps you understand the discernment process and the importance of praying for people who are in discernment.

At the beginning of each calendar year, please consider taking the Elijah Cup into your home for a week. Throughout the rest of the year, start a habit of regularly praying the vocation prayer.

Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations. The Second Vatican Council instructs us that it is the job of the laity to pray for and raise up vocations, and this has been echoed by Pope John Paul II in many of his teachings. We hope that those who bring the cup home will continue to pray for vocations daily after their Elijah Cup week concludes.

Prayer cards are available in the vestibule to keep in your home and continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

We sincerely thank all who have received the Elijah Cup and faithfully prayed for vocations, and we hope you will receive the Cup again. If you have not taken part in this beautiful and powerful prayer opportunity, please consider signing up to pray for a week with the beautiful chalice in your home as a focal point of your prayer for vocations.