Silence

“Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” – (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2628)

“Man is a beggar before God.” - St. Augustine

Sitting in silence before the Lord for any length of time may be the greatest challenge in the spiritual life that we face today. In a busy world, making time for visiting Him may seem like an impossible task, but it can be accomplished. If you desire to spend an hour with the Lord, you must always give up something else first. However, what you receive in return from the Lord is much greater: His friendship. In reflecting on the lives of the saints, we understand that prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was the very thing to help mold them into saints. They were all in great friendship with the Lord. We too can be friends with the Lord, and grow in holiness by spending time with Him in His Eucharistic Presence.

'There is much to fathom in Christ. He is like a rich mine with seam after seam of treasures. However deeply you dig, never will you find an end or come to a conclusion.” -St John of the Cross

Reflections from St. Patrick Church Adorers:

“ I find talking with the Lord during my Holy Hour to be very soothing.”- George, 9:00 a.m. Hour

“ The best thing about going to Adoration over the years is that I have become a much more prayerful person. I happy to say that many of my prayers for people have been answered.” – Kim, Noon Hour

“The time I spend with Our Lord at Eucharistic Adoration is our time. I feel so much peace when I am with Our Lord. I say the prayers in a book for Adoration and then I close my eyes, and just speak to Him in my words. I tell Him how my week has gone, and all the people’s names I want Him to bless and heal. I always look forward to my hour with Jesus.” - Alice, 3:00 p.m. Hour

What will you give up in order to spend more time with Him?

Kathy Miller

Reflections from St. Patrick Church Adorers

Our parish is blessed as we move into the eighth year of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays. Many faithful Adorers have sacrificed their time in prayer through the years for the greater good of the parish and world.    Thank you!

Here are some reflections from St. Patrick Church Adorers:

"On your knees or silently in your heart-prayer is always good! But I truly believe that extra benefits that you receive when you are before the Blessed Sacrament magnify your expressions of gratitude or petitions for your needs".-Don, 6:00 p.m. Hour

 "When I started going to Eucharistic Adoration, I knew it would help me. What I did not realize was, as we talk to Jesus about our lives, our worries and sorrows, we can just leave all our concerns in His capable hands. Jesus' grace and strength fill you. Each time He has given me a great gift- peace of heart. There is nothing like it! Try Eucharistic Adoration yourself".- Ann, 11:00 a.m. Hour

"We go to Adoration because it is a time of prayer, meditation, and reflection in the Presence of Our Lord".- Peter and Margaret, married couple, 10:00 a.m. Hour

"My time spent in Adoration is an opportunity for one-on-one with Our Lord. During this time, I share a silent intimacy with Our Eucharistic Lord. I can lay down my trouble, pain, sorrow, and joy. The silence of Adoration provides me an opportunity to be a listener".- Kim, 9:00 a.m. Hour

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also".- Matthew 6:21

 

How do you feel about spending time with Our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration?

 Kathy Miller

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

"The Blessed Sacrament is the magnet of souls. There is a mutual attraction between Jesus and the souls of men. Mary drew Him down from heaven. Our nature attracted Him rather than the nature of angels. Our misery caused Him to stoop to our lowness. Even our sins had a sort of attraction for the abundance of His mercy and the predilection of His grace. Our repentance wins Him to us. Our love makes earth a paradise to Him; and our souls lure Him as gold lures the miser, with irresistible fascination," - from "The Blessed Sacrament", by Fr. Frederick William Faber

The Lord graciously visits with us during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, and ending with Benediction just before the 7:00 p.m. Mass. Do you truly desire Jesus to be the magnet of your soul? If so, make a firm “spiritual resolution” in 2011 to “Come and Adore Him” in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

It has been the consistent belief of the Catholic Church from the very beginning that the bread and wine consecrated at Mass truly become the Body and Blood of Christ; and that, furthermore, as the Catholic Catechism states, this “Eucharistic presence of Christ [which] begins at the moment of the consecration...endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.” (CC #1377). In other words, the Eucharistic Christ then continues to be present in our midst beyond the Eucharistic liturgy when the consecrated host is either reposed in a tabernacle or exposed on the altar.

Why Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

 If we can adore the Eucharistic presence of Christ when reposed in a tabernacle, why do we then need to expose the Blessed Sacrament on an altar? People report experiencing a greater sense of intimacy with Jesus and attentiveness of mind and heart to prayer when they are able to actually “see” our Eucharistic Lord. The best reason for having exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is simply that God wills it. During His Eucharistic discourse, Jesus made this unmistakably clear: “Indeed, this is the will of My Heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” (John 6:40). – taken from Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association.

Adorers spending time in weekly Eucharistic Adoration has resulted in numerous blessings for our parish. Greater blessings await us! It is important to note that Our Lord’s humble invitation to spend time with Him in ‘Adoration’ is not for a select few but for all parishioners. Outside of attending Mass, many adorers find that spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration is the most satisfying and peaceful hour of their entire week.

I thirst unspeakably to be honored and loved by men in the most Holy Sacrament (of the Eucharist), and I find few who endeavor according to My desire, to allay My thirst by making Me some return (of Love)." - Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary (Letters of St. Margaret Mary 580)

 Our Lord undeniably thirsts for you and me. He thirsts for all members of St. Patrick parish. How can we alleviate Our Lord’s fervent thirst for souls? Respectfully consider attending Thursday morning Mass at 8:00 a.m., staying afterward to spend some time with Him. Spiritual materials are available in church to make our Holy Hour more meaningful. Eucharistic Adorers often pray the Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, read from Sacred Scripture, and/or just have a good heart-to-heart talk with the Lord.

Jesus loves the little children. In a world full of distractions, they need to experience the Lord’s love for them during Eucharistic Adoration. Our children are the future of the church: saints in the making. Families can attend Benediction and/or stay for evening Mass. Confession is available. May He find us not wasting time on the frivolous, instead seeking our true treasure on earth: The Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Challenge yourself in 2011 to spend more time with Him. His love, peace, and joy endlessly await you!

Kathy Miller

Adorers Needed!

There is an urgent need for Adorers from 1:00-2:00 p.m., and 2:00-3:00 p.m. Please consider spending time with Our Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church on Thursdays. Your prayers are very much needed! Call Kathy at 926-8695 or email kathleenmiller2@frontier.com or Kim at 921-1047 or kmmarykay@comcast.net

"Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions. To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb, when she adored Him in the Crib, on Calvary, in the divine Eucharist,"

- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Eucharistic Adoration

“Men and women are on a journey of discovery which is humanly unstoppable - a search for the truth and a search for a person to whom they might entrust themselves. The Magi found both of these realities in the Child of Bethlehem.”- Pope John Paul II (Fides et Ratio)

The Magi followed that wondrous star, leaving their native country to seek the newborn king. Through Sacred tradition, we believe the Magi to be Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. In our own spiritual journey, how can we emulate the Magi to bring Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, or simply known to many as the “Little Flower” realized early on in life that the most authentic gift we can bring to the Christ child is the gift of self. Through her “Little Way”, a path of trust, we learn that as we humble ourselves before the Lord, our selfish desires decrease, and we allow the “grace of God” in us to increase. She points out “What we ask of him is to work for his glory, to love him, and to make him loved” (Letter 220). Finding Him, the babe in swaddling clothes is sometimes difficult. We must sacrifice, and often leave our native country or comfort zone. Traveling with the magi through a dry, barren desert: we are guided by the ‘wondrous’ star that clearly illuminates our path to Him. Seeking truth in the words of the Gospel is a brilliant light that shines, and available to all of humanity. On our journey of discovery, there are many inconveniences. However, perplexities in life always remain secondary to genuinely finding and “adoring” the Christ child. In the refrain of Adeste, fideles a popular, 18th century Christmas Hymn we hear: R. Venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus Dominum.

R. O come let us adore Him; O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

How can we truly adore Him? We need to bring Him our “gift of self”. Following on a ‘path of trust” requires self-abandonment. It asks us to prostrate ourselves in humble veneration before the Lord. Seeking to please the Lord often means losing human respect from the world. The Magi did not let this lack of humanly affection impede their arduous journey to visit the Christ child, nor should we.

Leaving St. Joseph, Our Lady and “baby Jesus” in the quiet and comfortable surroundings of the stable to go back into the world is something the Magi had to face. This is a challenge for all Catholic men and women of faith. Where do we go and “adore” Him now? Did the Magi leave the stable never to adore Our Lord every again?

Practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy in our lives allows us to follow Christ’s call to be the “light of the world” for all in darkness, especially for the poor and suffering. They depend on our prayers and good works. What better way is there to perfect our good works for the poor and suffering then through prayer? We too can adore” Our Lord by spending time in prayer with Him in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Let us now bring Him gifts: the gold of charity, incense of prayer and myrrh of penance and mortification. May our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI be the “wondrous” star that faithfully illuminates our path to Him.

Some inspiration from Our Holy Father

Pope Benedict XVI states the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in the life a parish in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortaion, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS.

The practice of eucharistic adoration

67. With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. (194) Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist.

Here I would like to express appreciation and support for all those Institutes of Consecrated Life whose members dedicate a significant amount of time to eucharistic adoration. In this way they give us an example of lives shaped by the Lord's real presence. 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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

 

All parishioners are invited to spend time with Our Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays after the 8:00 a.m. mass until 6:50 p.m.  Benediction and Holy Mass follow at 7:00 p.m.  Please feel free to stop in any time to visit Our Lord to say hello. If you would like to sign up for a Holy Hour please call Kathy at 926-8695 or email kathleenmiller2 azATza verizon azDOTza net Adorers are always welcome, and VERY MUCH NEEDED!
 
"Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. In the many Churches that have this adoration, the Eucharist is displayed in a special holder called a monstrance, and people come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and often the night. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy sacrament of the Eucharist. Can we not give Jesus a few minutes of love and adoration in return?"- www.therealpresence.org