From a reader:
There is a “program” at Church, where a family takes the Chalice Home with them to pray for an increase in vocations. Now, our parish is supposed to be the most conservative in the area, and our Pastor is a genuinely good Priest, so I do not doubt his good intentions. But in my mind, the sacred vessels should not be handled by anyone other than ordained, or appointed (altar boys) ministers. Nor should they leave the Church except to be used for Mass. Am I mistaken in this?
I am of the opinion that a priest’s hands are consecrated for a reason. They are to handle sacred things.
I have heard something of a program like that which you describe. I suspect that the chalice is not actually consecrated.
That said, I think this is a pretty good idea. If this program will spur some prayers for vocations, then all the better. At the same time, there should be assiduous effort in the parish church as well, and not just in homes. I am pleased that the priest there at that parish is advancing something this constructive.