My husband got interested in wood-turning when I bought him a lathe for Christmas a couple years ago. Since then, he has made many handcrafted items: from plates and bowls, to a pair of bespoke bedside lamps (ordered by me!) for our newly decorated bedroom.
When we heard the sad news that our old parish priest, who had retired a while back, had died, Kevin decided to find out about the traditions linked to the burial of a catholic priest. One of these involves the communion cup, so Kev asked if he could make a chalice and plate to place upon the coffin during the funeral from wood, as a final gift to Fr Donlan.
He had been our parish priest for over 18 years, and presided at our wedding 25 years ago. The chalice is our final gift to him and then the parish I have been a member of since I was 4 years old.