January-February 2017 Chalice Now Online

The January-February edition of The Chalice has been uploaded. Members can download the newsletter, and back issues, by clicking on "resources" then The Chalice. We have all of the newsletters dating back to 2010 online! NOTE: If you normally receive The Chalice via email and did not receive this one, please email Ken at treasurer@calixsociety.org

 
New address for dues and literature

Membership dues and literature orders can now be mailed to The Calix Society, PO Box 26 Glenside, PA 19038. There is also a new email address, treasurer@calixsociety.org. There will be additional details in the next Chalice which should be out very soon. We apologize for the delay in publishing!

 
New CD Added to Store

Just in time for Lent! Thanks go out to Gerard King for recording on CD the narration of our Recovery Meditations on the Stations of the Cross booklet. Now you can add this audio version of the wonderful booklet to your iPod or Smartphone or just listen to the CD directly. The CD is now available in the store for $6 (shipping included!)

Any Grant Writers Out There?

The Society is looking for some help in applying for grants. If you happen to have experience completing grant applications and would like to help us, please send an email to " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ".

 
Calix Store Updates

JUST ADDED!! Fr. McKay's first book, "Heaven's Homecoming" has been added to the store. It's a great read!! See the cover and Forward by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and first few pages in the forums! Also - extending the Matt Talbot pre-sale until 11/15. The original miniature has been cast and the mold made. We are now waiting for the initial order to be made and shipped!

 
Membership Expired?

When the new website was rolled out in August 2010 all of the existing members were set up with an expiration date of September 7, 2011. As a result some members may get a screen telling them that their membership has expired. We will be reviewing the membership data and correct any that should expire between now and the end of 2011. If you think you are paid up please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will get you straightened out. If you are not paid up you can easily renew online by clicking on the "renew" link. REMEMBER: we are switching to using the calendar year for membership. Anyone who renews now will be paid up until January 1, 2013

 
Convention Items For Sale

We have extra cloth tote bags and commemorative copies of the new Recovery Rosary Booklets available. You will also receive a convention booklet and refrigerator magnet while supplies last! Limited quantites available so order now! AND we are in the process of producing a 5 CD set containing all 5 talks from the weekend PLUS homilies from Masses on Friday and Saturday PLUS the entire Sunday Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali. All items can be ordered now in the store.

 
Website Help is Available!

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Dear Calix Family,
Thursday, December 8th, marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  This Marian Feast Day is of such importance that the Church observes it as a Holy Day of Obligation in which we thank God for His Mercy.  For it is by His Mercy that the Blessed Virgin Mary was created as the Immaculate Conception; a worthy dwelling prepared for the Son of God’s arrival in the world.
The Calix Society was created with the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Patroness. Honoring Our Patroness by consecrating The Calix Society to Mary seems essential to our continued existence, and to our future growth as an organization.  On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I invite every Calix member to prayerfully consider joining me in a communal act of consecration of the entire Calix Society to Mary’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.  The date proposed for the act of consecration would be March 25th; the rationale is provided in the attached letter.  We will work on the wording of the act, and on furthering each member’s understanding of Mary’s role in recovery between now and March 25, 2017.
Thank you for supporting this initiative.  Please share this email and the attached letter with all members, prospective members, and any persons concerned with our stated purpose – the spiritual growth of ALL persons affected by the illness of alcoholism.
Pax,
-BG
Bruce Gnatowski
President, The Calix Society
Potomac Falls, VA
703-901-8069 CELL PHONE
 

The Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is generally accepted as the best therapy for those afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. The Calix Society, an organization of recovering alcoholics, their friends and family, shares this view.

Why is there a Calix Society? What does it do? Answers to these questions are vital to the Catholic recovering alcoholic attempting to achieve and maintain a sober, serene life.

Why Calix?

Consider the men and women, who have spent a long time, often many years, unwittingly developing a physical dependence on alcohol. Finally they reach the end of the line - physically, mentally and spiritually. Assume that they manage to put together a short period of sobriety and tentatively are testing the Twelve Step program. Their physical condition improves rapidly and, after a longer period, so does the emotional side of their lives.

For Catholics, however, something more is needed that can not be found in their Twelve Step meetings. They realize that the Twelve Step program advocates recourse to a "higher power" and God, but they also know that Twelve Step programs are necessarily non-denominational. Having been raised in a church rich in tradition, dogma and ritual, these recovering alcoholics begin to yearn once again for the faith they probably have neglected or abandoned. At this point the Calix Society can say: "Come back home. You must maintain your sobriety through your affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, but let us help you to regain the spiritual life without which you may not succeed in the never-ending fight against your addiction." Perhaps the disease never will be conquered completely, but the sincere men and women of Calix have the answer of the Calix Society: "Substitute the cup that sanctifies for the cup that stupefies."

What Does Calix Do?

The "Credo" of the society succinctly tells the story: "Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcoholic problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second stated purpose is to promote the spiritual development of our membership. Our gathering today is an effort in this direction. Our conversation and our association together should be a source of inspiration and encouragement to each other, geared to our growth toward spiritual maturity. Our participation in all other spiritual activities of Calix, such as the frequent celebration of the Liturgy, reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer and meditation, Holy Hours, Days of Recollection and retreats, aid us in our third objective, namely, to strive for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. We welcome other alcoholics, not members of our faith, or any others, non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes."