March 2002, Council 10668 began a "Chalice for Vocations
Program". One brother Knight will take Father Bernard Nienhaus's
ordination chalice for a week and say the Vocation Prayer
over it as a family daily at the dinner meal. He will then
pass the chalice and prayer to the next Knight in line for
the following week.
OF FATHER BERNARD NIENHAUS
ago, our Thomas D. Reilley Sr. Council 10668 made a
commitment to pray for religious vocations. The idea of
circulating a vocation chalice amoung our brother Knights
was born at a Council business meeting in 2002.The ordination
chalice of Fr. Barnarad Nienhaus was offered on indefinite
loan to our Council by Judy Sturm, wife of brothr Lee Sturm.
Our chalice has been in continuous circulation since 2002.
Fr. Nienhaus was
a St. Louis diocesan priest for 38 years, serving as a chaplin,
psychologist for seminarians, and a parish priest. He had
a giant intellect with theologly degrees from Catholic U.
and a PhD in psychology from Wisconsin. Fr. Bernard had
a special gift for learning languages. He was fluent in
Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,
Russian, and English. One day he decided he wanted to read
the bible in it's original text. Instead of the Greek translations,
he taught himself Hebrew from library books, and read the
original bible. In the 1980's, when it became possible to
travel to Russia, he taught himself Russian from library
books and took a trip to Moscow.
last assignment was to a rural farming parish west of St.
Louis. This was a really big change for a highly educated
city guy. When he moved into the parish house, he thought
about what he could do tto fit in right away with his new
parishsioners. He went to the local Southern States Supply
Store and bought himself bib overals and a shotgun for the
parish turkey shoot. How long do you think it took him to
be love by his farming parishioners?
goal was to be a missionary in Mexico working with the poor
he died too soon in the Barcelona Airport on his way to
Turkey. He is so greatly missed for the priest that he was
and the spirit of his life.
KNIGHTS PROCEDURE FOR THE EXCHANGE
Priest: Let us ask God to give many priests, brothers and
sisters to His Holy Church. All: Oh God, we earnestly beseech
You to bless this diocese with many priests, brothers and
sisters who will love You with their whole strength and
gladly spend their entire lives to serve Your Church and
to make You known and loved. Priest: Bless our families,
bless our children. All: Choose from our homes those who
are needed for Your work. Priest: Mary Queen for the Clergy
to Queen of the Clergy. All: Pray for us. Pray for our priests
and religious. This we ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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THE VOCATIONS CHALICE AT MASS
The brother who has the Chalice should contact the next brother to receive the Chalice and arrange
the transfer at a convenient Mass. The Chalice Schedule with names and phone numbers is available on
the Council website.
Both Knights meet in Narthex about 10 minutes before mass. One brother locates and places a small
table in front of the Blessed Virgin side altar. The Knights of Columbus is consecrated to the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
One brother mentions to the Celebrant or Deacon that the Vocations Chalice is being transferred at this mass.
There should be small cards with a copy of the Vocations Prayer in the chalice box. Please offer on to the
Celebrant or Deacon.
Carrying the Vocations Chalice in the Entrance procession is the sign of the transfer. Brothers
assemble in the narthex with the others who are part of the Entrance. The Knights immediately follow
the Lectors in the procession. Holding the chalice box between them, brothers walk to the front
aisle, bow together and immediately move to reveal and display the chalice on the small table in
front of Mary. Without bowing, brothers move to their pews for the celebration of the mass.
The celebrant may reference the transfer and he may lead the congregation in praying for vocations.
Normally this occurs at Dismissal.
After mass, the receiving brother takes the chalice and the transferring brother removes the small
table from the side altar.
In addition to maintaining awareness of Council activities, the desired result of mass transfers is
that more parishioners will pray for vocations.