THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting." John 3:14
In the year 1208, an Augustinian nun from the city of Liege in Belgium experienced a mysterious vision. While in prayer, Blessed Juliana of Cornillon saw a full moon, the disc darkened in one area. An interior message two years later revealed that the moon was a figure of the Church. The dark line passing over it had veiled some of its brightness: signifying that Our Lord desired a great feast day in honor of the Blessed Sacrament (separate from Holy Thursday) in order to complete its glory. Corpus et Sanguis Christi or The Body and Blood of Christ was established as a feast of the Blessed Sacrament in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege. In 1264, Pope Urban IV extended this feast to the Universal Church. Years before her death in 1258, Juliana communicated this” mystifying vision” to the archdeacon of Liege, Jacques Panaleon. Little did they both know at the time that he would later become Pope Urban IV, and that he would be the figure in history to announce to the entire church; what the Lord spoke interiorly to Blessed Juliana. As our parish embarks on the wonderful gift of Perpetual Adoration in the beautiful new chapel, let us open our minds and hearts to some of the benefits of becoming an adorer:
“When, in adoration, we look at the consecrated Host, the sign of creation speaks to us. And so, we encounter the greatness of His gift; but we also encounter the Passion, the Cross of Jesus and His Resurrection. Through this gaze of adoration, He draws us toward himself, within His mystery, through which He wants to transform us as He transformed the Host.” Pope Benedict XVI
It should go together with worship in Mass so that our love may be complete.” Blessed Pope John Paul II
“Being such a powerhouse of grace, Perpetual Adoration extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond.” Pope Paul VI
“In the Blessed Sacrament a heavenly school is open to you, with the best teacher one can possibly imagine, Jesus Christ himself.” Blessed Pope John XXIII
Groeshel, Father Benedict, In the Presence of Our Lord
The Real Presence.org
St. Monica Perpetual Adoration Association
"The purpose of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is not only to awaken a sense of wonderment and adoration as we dwell on the reality of the presence of Christ before us. It also brings to mind the benefits that can be derived... it is often said today that through exposition we are exposed to the Blessed Sacrament in such a way as to receive the abundant fruits that come with the life-giving Presence of Christ given for the life of the world." ~ Fr. Roland Huot (1910 to 2006)
Every Thursday the Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 8:30am until the 6:50pm Benediction service, followed by 7pm mass. You are invited to come every Thursday to experience the wonderment of our Lord. You are invited and encouraged to sit in joyful adoration of the true presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Dwell on the reality that it is Jesus before you. Receive the abundant fruits He has to offer. He is patiently waiting. Time spent in adoration can be a real way to decompress from the day-to-day busyness of our lives.
In Jesus and Mary,
You are Peter, upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:18)
A few years before adorer Becky Boswell converted to Catholicism: she ardently attended weekly Holy Hours on Thursday at our parish. Surprisingly, Becky discovered the value of spending time in the Real Presence of Our Lord, as an Episcopalian. We know from Becky’s example that the Lord will even invite someone of another denomination to spend time in prayer with Him in Eucharistic Adoration. As faithful Catholic men and women, we too can renew our spiritual lives by spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. No matter what your schedule may look like: the Lord will always grant us the desire of our heart in wanting to spend more time with Him, if we truly want this. We only need to ask for the grace to do so, and then make a commitment to be in solitude with Him: adoring Him in His Real Presence.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. (Cor.2:19)
FROM ADORER BECKY BOSWELL:
“Before health issues changed and challenged my life, everyday was the best because I could attend daily mass and Adoration on Thursday. The truth is known to me, despite these changes, everyday is still the best due to the invitation by Jesus to experience Adoration, which leads to prayerful and spiritual growth. Through the blessed intervention of our Lord, I learned how to become an empty vessel and to fill myself with the glorified Jesus through prayer. The enlightenment of the journey is a direct result of my time spent in the Real Presence, yes, in Adoration. As I ponder the depth of my being, I can substantiate that through the growth of my prayer life, I am one with Jesus and grounded in my spiritual life as I pray for the Church and others. The Lord is inviting you to spend time with Him. He is waiting for you to adore Him in the Real Presence.” –B.B.
“If you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path.”- St. Josemaria Escriva
In Jesus and Mary,
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR LIFE
Each of us is Willed, Each of us is Loved, Each of us Necessary.”- Pope Benedict XVI
Our Nation was once great in that it resonated liberty and justice for all. However, we currently live in a culture of death that persistently excuses the horrors of abortion, and equally disheartening is attempts to dull the minds and hearts of those who are immersed in this culture. As Adorers of Christ, we can make a “Holy Hour for Life” this Thursday during Adoration. To do this simply keep in mind that as you walk, bike or drive to church to set aside one hour to pray :there is also a woman in agony, somewhere at the same time as you on her way to an abortion mill to terminate the life of her child. Ask Our Lord in His Real Presence during your Holy Hour to spare the life of that unborn child, and for the end of abortion in this country and the world. Please join adorers on the third Thursday of the month in dedicating their prayers for the sanctity of Life during Eucharistic Adoration.
“The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.” -- St. Sebastian
In Jesus and Mary,
ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II ON THURSDAY, MAY 12 FROM 8:30-7:00 P.M.
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE.
“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”- Mother Teresa
As adorers of Christ, we are blessed with the privilege to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The ten seminarians in our diocese can only benefit from our prayers, so let us be generous with our time before the Lord in His Real Presence. Also, please continue to pray for those called to the consecrated life, for as Blessed Pope John Paul II points out: it is a vocation that mirrors Christ’s own way of life.
What is a priest “A man who holds the place of God - a man who is invested with all the powers of God. 'Go,' said Our Lord to the priest; 'as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me.' When the priest remits sins, he does not say, 'God pardons you'; he says, 'I absolve you.' At the Consecration, he does not say, 'This is the Body of Our Lord;' he says, 'This is My Body.' If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest - always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest."-St. John Vianney
“As a way of showing forth the Church's holiness, it is to be recognized that the consecrated life, which mirrors Christ's own way of life, has an objective superiority. Precisely for this reason, it is an especially rich manifestation of Gospel values and a more complete expression of the Church's purpose, which is the sanctification of humanity. The consecrated life proclaims and in a certain way anticipates the future age, when the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven, already present in its first fruits and in mystery, will be achieved and when the children of the resurrection will take neither wife nor husband, but will be like the angels of God (cf. Mt. 22:30)”-Blessed Pope John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, no.32
To learn more about vocations visit the diocesan website at http://www.dcgary.org/vocations-understanding.htm
In Jesus and Mary,
“Your faith will help you realize that it is Jesus Himself Who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week. “- Blessed Pope John Paul II
As Adorers of Christ, we share in the joy of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, on this great day of Divine Mercy. A truly humble servant of Christ, who lived a life of heroic virtue, is now counted among the blessed in heaven. We are eternally grateful for the Holy Father’s spiritual writings on the Eucharist, given to us in his encyclicals. His prolific words stand as a beacon of truth in a world that is indifferent; one that does not find value in spending time in the Lord’s Real Presence. May the proclamation of the Holy Father, now beatified, give you strength in your conviction to keep watch before the Lord in your Holy Hour each week.
TEN EXEMPLARY REASONS TO ADORE OUR LORD: FROM BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II
1. It leads to a deeper participation in and appreciation of the Mass.
2. Priestly, religious, and missionary vocations will stem from our Holy Hour.
3. (We) contribute to the sowing of the Gospel during our Holy Hour.
4. The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour.
5.To live the Eucharist, it is necessary, as well, to spend much time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
6. Our adoration makes us more sensitive to the needs of our fellow man.
7. In adoration we draw the whole world with us and raise it to God.
8. Teach young people the value of Eucharistic Adoration.
9. In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration we meet the merciful love of God through the Heart of Jesus Christ.
10. May we dwell long and often in adoration before Christ in the Eucharist. May we sit at the 'school' of the Eucharist.
In Jesus and Mary,
“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” -- St. Ignatius of Loyola
Thank you to all that spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. You often make many sacrifices in order to keep your Holy Hour commitment on a weekly basis. Your prayers are greatly needed and appreciated. May you and your family have a Blessed Easter! May you always know how much the Lord values His friends: those who care and take the time to be with Him in His Real Presence. Mother Teresa once said that The Lord gave us the Eucharist because we would forget what He did for us on the Cross. May we never forget what Jesus did for humanity, and let us all continue to strive to grow in holiness with the sacraments, the daily work of our vocations, and unceasing prayer.
“There are even some who, led by ideas foreign to traditional piety, look upon a Holy Hour of adoration as of minor importance."- Blessed Pope John XXIII
One St. Patrick’s Church adorer that did not look upon a Holy Hour of adoration as something of minor importance was Emily Sharp. Emily was a “spiritual warrior” for our parish, often spending two consecutive Holy hours of adoration each week for over a period of eight years. That is approximately 800 hours spent in the Presence of Our Lord. This is not an inconsequential task for someone in advanced years of life. Often, Emily would battle the elements of extreme weather conditions to keep her commitment to her Holy hours. As adorers, we are very grateful for her enduring presence in the pew, praying for the needs of our parish and the world. It was sad to learn of her recent death, and condolences go to her daughter, Alice Shipman a long-time adorer.
“No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it." - St. Augustine
Eucharistic Hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas
SING, my tongue, the Savior's glory,of His flesh the mystery sing;of the Blood, all price exceeding,shed by our immortal King,destined, for the world's redemption,from a noble womb to spring.Of a pure and spotless Virginborn for us on earth below,He, as Man, with man conversing,stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;then He closed in solemn orderwondrously His life of woe.On the night of that Last Supper,seated with His chosen band,He the Pascal victim eating,first fulfills the Law's command;then as Food to His Apostlesgives Himself with His own hand.Word-made-Flesh, the bread of natureby His word to Flesh He turns;wine into His Blood He changes;-what though sense no change discerns?Only be the heart in earnest,faith her lesson quickly learns.Down in adoration falling,Lo! the sacred Host we hail;Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,newer rites of grace prevail;faith for all defects supplying,where the feeble sense fail. To the everlasting Father,and the Son who reigns on high,with the Holy Ghost proceedingforth from Each eternally,be salvation, honor, blessing,might and endless majesty.Amen. Alleluia.
ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II
VISIT ANY TIME ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14 TH, 8:30 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. -Pope John Paul II
The beautification of Pope John Paul II is May 1st, on Divine Mercy Sunday. During his life of great holiness on earth, Karol Wojtyla, consistently proclaimed his love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He said "The Eucharist is the secret of my day; it gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the world.”
As we adore Jesus in the sacred vessel blessed by the pope, let us ask Our Lord to bless our parish and diocese with more priests and religious. As parish members, we are called to participate in the mission of prayer to send more laborers into the harvest.
Recalling the words of Bishop Melczek, in his January reflections to our parish, he asserts, “I believe that the practice of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will have a definite positive impact upon the willingness of young men and women to respond with generous hearts to a vocation from the Lord to a life dedicated to Him in the priesthood or religious life.”
“To love God and not to revere the priest...This is not possible.” -St. Josemaria Escriva
As we pray that, those who are called will respond to the invitation to serve in the priesthood or religious life: let us also keep in mind Father Meade and Father McGrogan’s commitments to their priestly vocations. We are truly blessed to have priests who support and encourage Eucharistic Adoration. They understand that the worship of the Holy Eucharist defines us: it is what makes us authentic in our Catholic faith.
Our devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament puts us in the right relationship with God. Come, let us adore! Recognize that love for the Holy Eucharist is essential: it is the source and summit of our life. As faithful Catholics, it is through prayers and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament that our Lord will bestow upon us the fruitfulness and benefits of future priests and religious.
In Jesus and Mary,
Kathy Miller and Kim Morton
Jesus Waits for us Here with Divine Longing
St. Peter Julian Eymard
Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken by men in His Sacrament of Love. Man has time for everything except for visits to His Lord and God,WHO IS WAITING AND LONGING FOR US in the Blessed Sacrament. The streets and places of entertainment are filled with people;the House of God is deserted. Men flee from it; they are afraid of it. Ah! Poor Jesus!Did you expect so much indifference from those You have redeemed,from Your friends, from Your children, from me? Sympathize with Jesus Who is betrayed,insulted, mocked, and crucified far more ignominiously in His Sacrament of Love than He was in the Garden of Olives, in Jerusalem, and on Calvary.Those whom He has the most honored, loved,and enriched with His gifts and gracesare the very ones who offend Him the most by their indifference. Offer up for this intention all that you have suffered during the day or week that Jesus may be loved and adored by all. Because we ourselves are unable to atone for so much wrong,we unite ourselves to the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus. Receive His Divine Blood as it mystically flows from His Holy Wounds,and offer it to the Father in perfect atonement for the sins of the world. Take His sufferings and His prayer on the Cross and beg the Heavenly Father for pardon and mercy for all. Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross or the altar,and from the love of Jesus for His Divine Mother you will obtain everything.
“Let us never forget that an age prospers or dwindles in proportion to its devotion to the Holy Eucharist. This is the measure of its spiritual life and its faith, of its charity and its virtue.”-St. Peter Julian Eymard
We will never solve all of the world’s problems. Nor should we attempt to do so. However, we should be willing to go to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to help us carry our daily crosses with increased fervor and zeal. As adorers of Christ, spending quality time in His Real Presence is a powerful way to transform ourselves more and more into His likeness. Emptying ourselves of our selfish desires, and letting Our Lord fill us with His Love is what brings us true peace and joy in life.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen cites the spiritual benefits of a Holy hour. He said ” Our Blessed Lord spent 10 times as much time in silence as He did in action: 30 years obeying, 3 years teaching, and 3 hours redeeming. One of the most salutary of all silent ways is the Holy Hour. It trains the eyes, and it trains the ears. I am not speaking of physical eyesight; I’m speaking of light and faith.” We live in a noisy and chattery society. Lent is an opportune time to begin making a Holy Hour. Take a break from television, turn off the radio, and tune into silence. It is there that the Lord will speak to you in ways that you have not heard before.
“When you are totally consumed by the Eucharistic fire, then you will be able to more consciously thank God, who has called you to become part of His family. Then you will enjoy the peace that those who are happy in this world have never experienced, because true happiness does not consist in the pleasures of this world, or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we only have if we are pure of heart and mind." –Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati
In Jesus and Mary, Kathy Miller
“Withdraw yourself from people and spend at least a quarter of an hour, or half-hour, in some church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord, and you will learn from your own experience how many graces this will bring you." - St. Alphonsus Liguori
One of the benefits of spending time in Eucharistic Adoration is that no one should ever accuse you of being lukewarm in your Catholic faith. It is not possible to sit before Our Lord in His Real Presence and not be transformed by His Love. Many of us though, go through periods in our spiritual life when we feel that there is something missing, or that we are just going through the motions, or we lack the necessary zeal to progress to a deeper level in our faith life. A great time to ignite your spiritual life is the six p.m. hour on Thursday evening in church. Take the time to visit Jesus in His Real Presence, bring Him all of your distractions, cares, concerns, and worries, and then trust in His Mercy.
If you with all your sins know how to give your children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. (Luke 11:13) If it has been some time since your last confession, this sacrament is available during the six p.m. hour. Call upon the Holy Spirit to help you in examining your conscience, and to make a good confession. Pope John Paul II affirms in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Reconciliation and Penance “It would therefore be foolish, as well as presumptuous, to wish arbitrarily to disregard the means of grace and salvation which the Lord has provided and, in the specific case, to claim to receive forgiveness while doing without the sacrament which was instituted by Christ.”
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed at 6:15 p.m. The recent earthquake in Japan has alarmed our nation. Along with fluctuating weather patterns, there is a great deal of instability in our world events. However, the oceans of Mercy are endless. Our Lord gave this devotion to St. Faustina for all. It is a powerful way to draw upon the graces that are flowing from Our Lord’s Merciful Heart: graces that we desperately need for our chaotic world, for the conversion of sinners, and in particular for the sick and dying.
Benediction is a Eucharistic devotion in the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite, and its purpose is to direct the attention of the faithful to the worship of Christ the Lord. A beautiful devotion, it instills in us a tradition that is long standing in our Holy Catholic Church, and one that is filled with spiritual treasures.
Last, and best of all, we have Mass available at 7:00 p.m. We should reflect often upon the words of St. Padre Pio “"It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass." In Jesus and Mary, Kathy Miller
LOOKING FOR JESUS
Many people look for Jesus in all of the wrong places. Where do you look for Him? One great place to start looking at Jesus is in the tabernacle. Not only has our Lord died on the cross for our sins, He also promises to be with us until the end of time. Do you want to be with Him?
Visiting our Lord in His Real Presence is an act of faith, love and trust. It is a very simple approach to grow in holiness and friendship with the Lord: but one that we neglect most often. How many times have you heard someone say, or said yourself “I just don’t have the time to visit Jesus because________.” Imagine if the Lord said that to you in your most difficult moment in life “I do not have the time to visit you because I am too busy”. Of course, the Lord will never abandon us when we truly need Him, but unfortunately, due to many distractions and care for things of the world- we do abandon Him.
Disdain and apathy for our Lord permeate the world today. As friends, we are called to be different. Many continue to mock, blaspheme, and offend Our Lord each day. We cannot even conceive how much pain and suffering God’s only Son endured to pay the price for our sins. Nevertheless, Jesus did it out of great love for us.
Imagine the enormous consolation the Lord felt back then seeing you visiting Him today! Picture Jesus in the Agony in the Garden sweating drops of blood. He sees your act of kindness: adoring Him in church. You are visiting Him in His Real Presence in the tabernacle or during Eucharistic Adoration. What a comfort you are to Him in His pain and suffering!
The Lord calls us all to be saints. Sometimes the most saintly thing that we can do in our day is to stop in church and pay a visit, saying a quick hello to the Lord. This small act of kindness should not be underestimated. His heart is on fire for you, and all He simply desires is your love in return. His Mercy is endless, and His healing graces await you.
“You, worry only about loving me, and I will take care of everything else to the smallest detail.”- Our Lord to Sister Consolata Bertrone
In Jesus and Mary,
ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011
"Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives. To the extent that we teach young people to pray, and to pray well, we will be cooperating with God’s call. Programs, plans and projects have their place; but the discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call."- Pope Benedict XVI
Spending time in the silence of Eucharistic Adoration is a wonderful way to pray for those discerning one’s vocation in life. Pray that those who are called will listen, and follow that call from the Lord- the ultimate “Fisher of Men”. Pray that our young people spend more time in His presence, and create the intimate and prayerful dialogue with Our Lord that is necessary for true discernment.
"Whatever was not planned by me was planned by God."-St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
In 1998, Pope John Paul II addressed the young people gathered for the canonization of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), saying: “Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.”
As we adore Christ in the beautiful monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II: we lift up the young men from our diocese who have listened to their hearts and had the courage to decide. These men continue to present their hearts to the Lord as they study and discern their call to the priesthood. Our prayers become the fuel that is necessary for support and encouragement. We must place the future of our Church in the hands of the Lord.
In Jesus and Mary,
Kathy Miller and Kim Morton
Special Note: On February 19, 2011, the Holy Father was presented with the 2011 edition of the “Annuario Pontificio” or pontifical yearbook. One statistical highlight of this edition is that the number of candidates to the priesthood grew by 0.82 percent, from 117, 024 in 2008 to 117, 978 in 2009.
“There is power in numbers. When we become Eucharistic Adorers, we form an army, a Eucharistic army armed with the power of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity, the real, true and substantial presence of Jesus Christ that transformed the world in the Resurrection and continues to do so today through the Holy Eucharist.
Can you not spend one hour with Jesus for the salvation of the world? We do not ask you to sign your life away. Indeed, we ask you to sign your name in the book of life through Eucharistic adoration. If you do, you will never be alone again. Instead, you will grow day by day more holy, more convicted, more assured in your faith, more steadfast in the knowledge that you are a member in solidarity with Jesus Christ Himself and millions of Eucharistic adorers throughout the world.
When you spend one hour with Jesus you walk with Him as two of the disciples did on the road to Emmaus, and you walk arm in arm with the other members of the Mystical Eucharistic Body who happen to adore Him throughout the world at that same hour.”- Abbreviated from essay on Eucharistic Adoration by Father Louis Guardiola- Fathers of Mercy
How do I become an Adorer?
Just do it! Select a time on Thursday that works best for you and make a Holy Hour. Try it for a few weeks and then consider signing up to become a regular adorer. We are always in the need of Eucharistic adorers at every hour. Everyone in the parish is welcome!
We do not ever want to leave Our Lord exposed in the monstrance alone in the church without an adorer present. Regularly scheduled adorers from time to time are not always able to keep their hour. They might have an appointment, or have to care for a sick family member at home. It is our hope that we will always have four or more Eucharistic adorers on each hour during the day each Thursday. We do need your help in order to accomplish this goal.
"My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my heart is, as it were, in its center."-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Pray, love and trust in the Lord!
In Jesus and Mary,
Note: If you would like to commit to an hour of Eucharistic adoration each week please contact Kathy at 926-8695 or Kim at 921-1047. Thank you!
"I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of Eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. I would also like to encourage those associations of the faithful and confraternities specifically devoted to Eucharistic adoration; they serve as a leaven of contemplation for the whole Church and a summons to individuals and communities to place Christ at the centre of their lives." –From Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation.
As lay faithful, we are called, through our baptism, to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ. How do we prepare ourselves for this mission? This is a tall order and not one to be taken lightly.
The celebration of the Eucharist, frequent confession and time spent in Eucharistic Adoration are concrete ways to receive the grace necessary for this commissioning. Learning from Christ, our supreme example: He knew the importance of taking time to pray.
MK 1:35 Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
MK 6:46…he went off to the mountain to pray.
MK14:32 and 35 …”sit here while I pray”…He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed…
Where is your mountain, your deserted place? Is your relationship with our Heavenly Father being strengthened and properly cultivated? Is Jesus Christ in the center of your life? Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament anytime between 8:30am-6:50pm in the church every Thursday.
In Jesus and Mary,
“Any time spent before the Eucharistic presence, be it long or short, is the best-spent time of our lives.”- St. Catherine of Genoa
How do I make a Holy Hour?
You know how much Jesus loves you, wants you to visit Him, and desires a life-long friendship with you. What steps have you taken to cultivate a relationship with Him? Consider committing to a Holy Hour of prayer and adoration with our Lord. Eucharistic adorers find breaking an hour into four 15- minute segments can be particularly helpful:
You are adoring the Real Presence of Christ in the monstrance. He is looking at you and you at Him. Recognize Him as the same Lord that walked the earth during His public ministry working miracles, and who died on the Cross for you. He is on the altar in the monstrance with you now, in person offering His continuous love, healing, and grace. Locate a missal in church and open it to a sacred hymn such as Down in adoration falling (Tantum ergo). Meditate slowly on the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
You may wish to devote time in thanking and praising Jesus for allowing you the grace of responding to the call of adoring Him in His Real Presence. What an honor it is to sit before our Lord! Thank Him for the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and for an increase of vocations in the church.Many special blessings make up our daily lives. We are grateful for our Catholic faith, family, vocation, gift of life, and friends. We appreciate the love that God has for us in our daily struggles. He helps us to carry our crosses so that we can continue to grow in holiness.
Do you want to spend an eternity in heaven? Humbly ask for that grace. You have family, friends, clergy, neighbors, and business associates in your midst. Ask Our Lord to bless them. Pray that they too may reach heaven. Try saying the Rosary, and ask Our Lady to intercede for your special intentions.
Adorers find comfort in praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the sick and dying. They also pray for Our Holy Father, bishops, priests, religious, deacons, seminarians, an increase of vocations, and participation in Eucharistic adoration at St. Patrick Church, our parish family, ministries, school, Sanctity of Life, Holy Souls in Purgatory, conversions, those that are away from the Church and Sacraments, our country and its leaders, jobless and homeless.
You can express sorrow for your sins, and for the sins of the world. You want may do this in reparation for those that are not sorry, or acting out of ignorance. Abortion, murder, blasphemies and insults against all that is holy is rampant in the world. Sadly, lukewarmness fills the hearts of many: a cold and uncaring attitude toward our Eucharistic Lord. Let us beg pardon and mercy from the Lord for these injustices against Him. Try praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart, or simply say Lord, Have Mercy!
“The things we love tell us who we are.”- St. Thomas Aquinas
When do you make your Holy Hour?
In Jesus and Mary,
“There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist.” (Letter to Priests 2004)- Pope John Paul II
Do you know of any young people in our parish or diocese that are being called to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life? Do you want to help encourage an atmosphere of prayer in our parish for these vocations? Together we can do something. We can PRAY that our youth will hear and respond to the Lord’s call for them to serve as a priest or religious.
Please join fellow parishioners in praying for vocations in our parish and diocese. On the second Thursday of each month, we will have a special monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II. This monstrance was made possible as a gift to our diocese: for the intention of praying for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
All parishioners are encouraged to come and pray in the church any time during All Day Eucharistic Adoration from 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Please keep the Seminarians currently studying to be priests in our diocese in your prayers. They are Jamie Perea, Benjamin Ross, Christopher Stanish, Jordan Fetkco, Roque Meraz, Gregory Bim-merle, Robert Sarwacinski, and Nathaniel Edquist. Also, remember the young men in our parish that have heard our Lord’s call, and are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Thank you for your generosity in prayer for vocations!
Make a Holy Hour. Make a difference in the lives of our youth, and in the future of our One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!
Our parish is blessed to have received beautiful reflections from Bishop Melczek on Eucharistic Adoration and the significance of the vocation monstrance. Please take time to read these “words of wisdom” on the cover of this bulletin. As you pass by the Bishop’s picture holding up the monstrance at the Eucharistic Adoration site in the narthex, take time to reflect on his words of encouragement for us. May we follow the example of our Blessed Mother and ponder these words in our hearts!
In Jesus and Mary,
Kathy Miller and Kim Morton
Special note: Beautification of Pope John Paul II is May 1, 2011: The Feast Day of the Divine Mercy.
“Each time you approach the Blessed Sacrament remember that Jesus has been waiting for you for twenty centuries for this personal visit from you.” –St. Josemaria Escriva
Many of us may have contemplated at some point in our spiritual lives; what it would have been like to live during Christ’s reign on earth. Each time we pray the Rosary and enter into the Sorrowful mysteries of Our Lord, we have an opportunity to go back in time. Had we actually been there we would have found ourselves weeping bitterly at the foot of the Cross-during His painful and agonizing Crucifixion. Being good people of faith, we would have definitely comforted Him in the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He sweats drops of blood. WE certainly would not have been like the other disciples: falling asleep when Our Lord specifically asked His companions to keep watch with Him.
How about the Scourging at the Pillar? Or the Crowning with Thorns? Would you have been able to make a difference in alleviating Our Lord’s suffering back then?
“A Holy Hour is not a devotion; it is a sharing in the work of redemption.” - Bishop Fulton Sheen
Do you think that you can help to alleviate that suffering now? If the answer is yes, then you know that spending time with Our Lord in His REAL PRESENCE is making a difference. It makes a difference to HIM because HE waits for you, loves you, and wants your friendship with Him. It makes a difference to you because you can comfort, console, and love Our Lord in his Passion and Death here and now. In choosing to spend time with Him in Eucharistic Adoration, you can receive His healing power and grace in your life. You can make a difference in the lives of the people you pray for each time that you make a Holy Hour.
Can you not watch One hour with Me? - (Mt 26:40)
Are you willing to stay awake with Our Lord and let Him help you carry your cross?