Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

I wrote in this “Corner” and spoke briefly after each Mass last weekend, about our plans to begin our life-enriching parish initiative of a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) program. I mentioned that we need to build a team of enthusiastic parishioners who fully embrace and desire the great graces that will flow down upon our parish and the dedicated adorers. We will have a priest come visit us from the Kentucky-based Fathers of Mercy. They specialize in presenting parish missions and one of their areas of expertise is helping parishes get started with Perpetual Adoration. The priest in charge of that activity is on vacation and left me a message that he will return my call requesting their service when he returns from vacation on August 1st.

In the interim, I would love to have every parishioner who has any interest in participating and would commit to a specific hour of adoration each week (or who is at least giving it some thought) to let me know by filling out and clipping off the form on the bottom of this column. Please drop the completed form in the collection basket, hand it to me, mail it or bring it to the Parish Office.

As mentioned earlier, the local ordinary, Bishop Estevez, requires a minimum of two persons to be in Adoration at all times. Mathematically, that works out to needing to cover 24 hours X a 7 day week = 168 hours that need to be spoken for. And, with two people required for each hour…that comes to 336 parishioners who will be needed. So, please share and talk about this wonderful opportunity with your friends and acquaintances. There is so much good that we have all intended to do in our lives that somehow got pushed aside by the myriad of other priorities and distractions that come along. Please also pray over your committing this brief time to Him. We know the disappointment He felt when, under duress, He questioned His apostles with those sad words:  “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (MT 26:40).

If you, like so many of us, have found yourself caught up in a life that is so busy (even though you are primarily focused on doing for others), yet, would agree to schedule and commit to one hour a week appointment with Him, the benefits you receive will be immense. We all desire more peace and love in our lives, and who better to acquire that from than Jesus. I can tell you sincerely, that if an hour visit sounds like a long time, you will be amazed how fast the time flies (if you really get into an undistracted prayerful conversation with Him). We need to be cognizant of the fact that we are there with Jesus Himself. In the quiet solitudinal time spent in front of that Blessed Monstrance, amazing and miraculous things have taken place.

Do you believe it’s really Him? You give Him the gift of your time and prayer, and He will deepen your faith, your belief and your peace.

Oh, come let us adore Him…Christ the Lord!

Yours in the gift of His Real Presence,

fr denis