2015 Convention at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD

Register today for the 2015 National Convention of the Calix Society taking place at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD., July 17-19! Our theme is "Finding Freedom in God’s Mercy" and the agenda has just about finalized. You can download the agenda by clicking on "resources" and then 2015 Calix Convention. You can also download a registration form and follow instructions to get your payment to us via check, money order or PayPal in the Calix store. We will soon have information you can download on how you or your unit can be a sponsor for this year's convention. Looking forward to seeing you in Emmitsburg! NOTE THAT THE MARCH-APRIL ISSUE OF THE CHALICE HAS ALOT MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CONVENTION!

Heaven's Homecoming Now on Kindle

We are happy to announce that Fr. McKay's book Heavenly Homecoming is now available for the Kindle at Amazon.com. Click on the Amazon link above to get to the Calix Amazon Affiliate Store and then click on "Kindle Books". In addition to our getting a small percentage from the Amazon sale Calix will receive $1 per Kindle copy sold. The balance of the proceeds go to the Little Sisters of the Poor whom Fr. McKay works for at Holy Family Home. You can download a free sample OR if you have Amazon Prime you can download for one month at no cost!

 
Website Updates

We made a few updates today (12/20): In the "Store" you'll notice some price changes - some up, some down - reflecting our postage costs, etc. The November-December edition of the Chalice is now online. You will find it by clicking on "resources" and then "The Chalice". Note that we have moved the 2010 editions to a new "2010" folder/link. And please check out the forums for all types of discussions!!

 
Calix and the Twelve Steps KINDLE Edition!

We are pleased to announce that the popular book "Calix and the Twelve Steps" is now available for the Kindle! This is our first attempt to publish using the Kindle format. If you have an iPhone, iPad or any other device that can run the Kindle app you can now have "Calix and the Twelve Steps" in electronic format! Use the Amazon link above to go to the Calix affiliate store to purchase! Other titles that we have publishing rights for to be added as time permits!

 
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!

 
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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."