March 3, 2024
O Come Let Us Adore Him! (And Not Just At Christmas!)
As in any Catholic parish, the celebration of the Eucharist is the core that holds everything together. I is the reason that everything else exists, including, the school, PSR, and all sports programs and social activities. Without the Eucharist we would be nothing more than a social club or a private elementary school. We attend Mass on Sunday to worship and adore Christ who literally gives Himself to us and becomes a part of our lives. Many people wish that after receiving communion they could spend more time in prayer, reflecting on the greatness of God and adoring Jesus Christ, but the Mass comes to an end, and we all leave. Well, the truth is that we CAN spend more time in prayer before the Eucharistic presence of Christ. Eucharist Adoration gives us the opportunity to spend that quiet time with Jesus. When the sacred host is placed in the monstrance and set on the altar, it captures the moment when the priest lifts the host at the altar during Mass, saying “This is my Body given up for You” and freezes that moment. Now, willing souls can spend time at their leisure in communion with Jesus, reflecting on their lives, praying for their loved ones, and contemplating the presence of the risen Christ right in front of them.
Up until now, we have only offered adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays and on special occasions. We are now going to expand the opportunity for adoration by making the Blessed Sacrament available on Mondays and Wednesdays following the 8:15 Mass until 4pm. It will take place in the “Cry Room” which will be converted into a temporary adoration chapel for those days. (The cry room will still be used as a cry room during Masses). Tuesday Adoration will continue in church as always ending with Confessions, Perpetual Help Devotions and Benediction. We hope to expand even more to include Thursdays and Fridays in the future as soon as we get enough volunteers to fill the hours. Make a habit of dropping in for a visit during the day and while you are there tell Jesus I said “Hey!”