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 Post subject: Q. About Sacred Vessels
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 10:48 pm 
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Greetings.

(Asking for a friend…yes, really).

A deacon I know is about to be ordained into the priesthood. He was married, and had a family, but his wife committed suicide.

After his children were grown he was admitted into formation for the Priesthood. He persevered, and is now anticipating ordination in the next several weeks. His chalice was gifted to him, and he subsequently decided to have his own wedding band welded into the base of the chalice (it’s also visible).

This seems…what? Off?

Struggling to connect the dots.

Thanks in advance.

Sarah

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 Post subject: Re: Q. About Sacred Vessels
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2022 4:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Q. About Sacred Vessels
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2022 4:41 pm 
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Nah. My conscience is clear, but thanks for checking; and I was being truthful regarding my status as a friend asking for a friend. But again, thanks for the sound check.

The concern is regarding the priest’s disposition, i.e., the status of a marriage that ends in suicide…renders a second priestly vocation as something that causes parishioners some…concern.

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 Post subject: Re: Q. About Sacred Vessels
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 6:24 am 
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justsarah wrote:
After his children were grown he was admitted into formation for the Priesthood. He persevered, and is now anticipating ordination in the next several weeks. His chalice was gifted to him, and he subsequently decided to have his own wedding band welded into the base of the chalice (it’s also visible).

This seems…what? Off?

Struggling to connect the dots.

Seems fine to me. Why does your friend (and, I suppose, other parishioners) think this is problematic? It's probably his way of remembering his wife at the altar.

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 Post subject: Re: Q. About Sacred Vessels
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2022 12:16 pm 
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justsarah wrote:
Nah. My conscience is clear, but thanks for checking; and I was being truthful regarding my status as a friend asking for a friend. But again, thanks for the sound check.

The concern is regarding the priest’s disposition, i.e., the status of a marriage that ends in suicide…renders a second priestly vocation as something that causes parishioners some…concern.


This man was widowed through mental illness. Had his wife died from cancer or heart disease or in a tragic lawnmower accident, would they hold the same "concern"? Not likely.

I am praying for this priest, he does not deserve this level of scrutiny from his parishioners :pray:

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