Maureen Otness 770-396-6348
Did you know that our Archdiocese is currently blessed with over 50 seminarians? These men, as well as those who are already ordained, need the prayerful support of those of us for whom they have dedicated their lives.
You are invited to join your fellow parishioners in a special ministry of praying for our priests, deacons and religious. It is called the Elijah Cup ministry. This name is taken from the story in 1 Kings 17 in which God answered the prayers of the poor widow of Zarapeth. She was the one who, in the midst of a drought, used the last of her oil and flour to bake a loaf of bread for the prophet Elijah. The miracle was that she was able to bake enough bread for Elijah, her son, and herself for a whole year until the drought ended!
Some people think we are currently in a drought as Church vocations seem to have dried up in recent times. But we know that Christ is always calling. Our prayers can help someone gain the courage and confidence to heed that call. Our faithful prayers can result in an endless supply of vocations, as the widow’s faith resulted in an endless supply of bread.
By receiving and praying with the Elijah Cup you give witness to your faith in the power of prayer. It is so easy to do.
1. Sign up in the Elijah Cup notebook at the main doors of the church. Select the Sunday Mass you wish to attend and mark this date and time on your personal calendar.
2. Attend the Mass you selected. Stop by the Sacristy a few minutes before your selected Mass to assure the priest of your presence. You will be called forward to receive the Elijah Cup at the end of Mass.
3. Take the Cup home and put it in a place of honor where it can serve as a focal point for your specific prayers. At the end of the week, record a reflection or Scripture verse in the journal which accompanies the Cup.
4. Return the Cup to the Sacristy anytime the following Saturday, preferably before the 5:00 Mass when a priest is there to receive it.
You will be blessed for taking this time for prayer, our Church will become stronger, and many more young Catholics will be inspired to dedicate their lives to the Lord’s work.
The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Matthew 9:37-38.