An Investment of Vestments
All that We Have: The New Vestments for Jesus Our Savior Church
Published on July 9-10, 2016 in the Parish Bulletin of Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church, Morehead KY
Our parish has a new and complete set of vestments: priest’s stoles and chasubles and matching deacon’s stoles and dalmatics in the four liturgical colors: violet, white, green, and red. The chasubles and dalmatics are made from a light fabric and has a simple design on both its front and back: three Greek crosses down the center that is bordered on either side by woven inserts. The stoles also are marked by Greek crosses and the same woven insert design.
There are four priest’s stoles and chasubles and eight deacon’s stoles and dalmatics here at Jesus Our Savior. There are four priest’s stoles and chasubles and four deacon’s stoles and dalmatics at Saint Julie in Owingsville. There are also four priest’s stoles and chasubles for the chapel at Saint Claire Regional Medical Center.
These vestments were made in the Philippines by Talleres de Nazaret, a non-profit organization founded by the Siervas de San Jose (SSJ sisters) to provide “socially challenged young women at risk” the skills and the place to sew and embroider liturgical vestments and Church apparel. The SSJ sisters had noticed that many single mothers, some of whom had been victims of domestic abuse, often resorted to prostitution to provide for their family. They established Talleres to offer these women a dignified alternative in earning a living.
I was first introduced to Talleres by my friend, Fr. Sunny Castillo of the Diocese of Joliet, and since then I have been impressed by their craftsmanship and their commitment to prayer. I have been edified by these women who, while attending to their needlework, pray the rosary and listen to spiritual readings.
Aside from the exquisite embroidery and handiwork of its vestments, Talleres also offers an affordable alternative to the other vestment companies. Each vestment costs half the price of those that are found in most Church supply catalogues. Each chasuble costs around $80.00 (a total of $960.00 for the 12 chasubles), each stole $32.00 (a total of $768.00 for the 12 priest’s stoles and the 12 deacon’s stoles), each dalmatic $100.00 (a total of $1,200.00 for the 12 dalmatics).
Our parish though did not pay for any of these vestments. They are my gift to you. It has been my custom to give back to the parish during Easter what the parish has given me at Christmas. This is a rather belated Easter gift, but it is one that I hope our Church here in Morehead, our mission in Owingsville, and our chapel at Saint Claire will put to good use long after I have left our parish.
I will bless the vestments for Jesus Our Savior Catholic Church and for the chapel at Saint Claire Regional Medical Center during the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday, July 9. I will bless the vestments for Saint Julie Catholic Church during the 8:00 AM Mass in Owingsville on Sunday, July 10.
In the words of the prayer of blessing, let us implore our God that every deacon, priest, and bishop “who use these vestments, prepared for the celebration of the liturgy and set apart by [His] blessing, wear them with reverence and honor them by the holiness of their lives” (cf. Book of Blessing, no. 1352/1358).