Peace be with you,
I wanted to begin with a comment about how awesome last weekend (Holy Trinity) turned out. Not only was it a relief and refreshing to celebrate Mass without the restrictions of masks and social distancing, but we had a Baccalaureate Mass for some of the high school graduates. I hope we continue to keep them in prayer and communion as they move forward.
At that same Mass we had a First Communion. All worked together to mark an appropriate time to begin a new period beyond the COVID constraints.
We continue to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist here in this diocese and parish, and today’s Masses point to the essential need for our focus on the Eucharist. I want to share two excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass, we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.” (CCC 1378)
“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” (CCC 1380)
Adoration became a part of our daily parish routine during the COVID period. Every day from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. the Blessed Sacrament was exposed in the lower church. I am grateful for every minute of it. Now that COVID has receded and our routines changed yet again we must alter that routine. However, Adoration is too important and must be maintained as part of our parish rhythm. In fact, I still hope we can get to perpetual Adoration in a dedicated Adoration Chapel… the old baptistry building next to the church that is currently stripped down to its studs. In any case, we will go back to Adoration all day each Friday. We will expose the Blessed Sacrament at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with Benediction about 5:15 p.m., followed by daily Mass at 5:30 p.m.
I know many folks are not familiar with Adoration but I encourage everyone to take a few minutes — even two minutes — to place yourself in the presence of our Lord and God.
Also, I encourage folks to spend a few minutes reflecting on the awesome Year of the Eucharist section of the bulletin and webpage. These thoughts are gathered from many holy people and saints. They are all amazing to think about. We try to keep these short and relevant for everyone’s convenience. Additionally, we continue to display a small gallery of panels depicting Eucharistic miracles. These are in the lower church hall.
I cannot encourage you enough to find a few minutes more each week that you can spend Adoring the Eucharist or praying with these resources we are providing for your benefit.
Mary, Mother of Adorers…. Pray for us!