June 24, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 25 Religious Notes Elijah Cup program celebrates ‘Year of the Priest’ The parish of Church of the Guardian Angel in Allendale is participating in the Catholic Church’s “Year of the Priest.” Parish families will be taking turns each week praying in their homes for priests, and for vocations to the priesthood, in the Elijah Cup prayer program. The Elijah Cup prayer program was created by Serra International, a Catholic organization of lay people that promotes vocations. “The program is designed to remind us just how powerful praying for an increase in vocations can be,”’ said Rev. Charles Pinyan, pastor of Guardian Angel parish. The Serra program’s literature cites the Biblical passage of 1 Kings 17. During a drought, Elijah tells the poor widow of Zarapeth that if she makes him a small loaf of bread with the last of her flour and oil, her “jar of flour will not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the Lord sends rain upon the earth.” In faith, the widow baked the bread and fed Elijah. For the next year, the widow, her son, and Elijah ate bread made from the bowl of flour and jug of oil. The Elijah Cup prayer program is meant to inspire Catholics to pray with the faith of the widow of Zarapeth, and the cup will never run dry: There will always be priests to bring disciples to Jesus in the Eucharist. Each week at Sunday mass, the priest will use the Elijah Cup as the chalice. At the end of mass, he calls a family, individual, or couple forward to receive the Elijah Cup. The recipient takes the cup home, putting it in a place of honor. Each day that week, the holder of the cup prays for an increase and perseverance of vocations. The following Sunday, that person returns the Elijah Cup at mass. A prayer journal also travels with the Elijah Cup. Each week, those who have the cup enter a thought, prayer, or scripture verse. Over time, this diary becomes a spiritual journal for the parish. Pope Benedict XVI declared that the Year for Priests began on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: June 19. “The Year for Priests is intended to be a time for priests to be renewed in their unity with Christ and zeal in their ministry,” said Father Pinyan. “It is intended to be a time for the whole Church to pray especially for priests – that they may be good and faithful in the vocation to which God has called them – and to pray for increase in vocations to the priesthood. In a particular way, we pray that young men might be open to the call, and carefully discern whether the Lord is inviting them to follow Him in the ministerial priesthood – and that parishes and families might joyfully nourish these potential vocations.” Guardian Angel’s first recipients of the Elijah Cup were Tom and Elayne McGill, long-time parishioners who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Church receives 13 A Service of Confirmation was celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church of Ramsey on Pentecost Sunday. Thirteen young people were received into the church before parents, relatives and friends. Pastor Michael Carrier, Clerk of Session Sharon Kroll and Youth Ministry Director Karen Robator coordinated the service with the young people participating throughout the service. A reception followed in Fellowship Hall. Standing: Youth Ministry Director Karen Robator, Alexander M. Neilsen (Mahwah), Andrew J. Coley (Mahwah), Daniel T. Knipp (Ramsey), Dylan G. 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