So what is going on at St. Mary this week? Many of our young men and women are being more deeply rooted in the gift of being Sons and Daughters of the Father! Huh?? Confirmation is Saturday, with two Masses at 10:30am and 2:00pm. Please pray for them, and recall the graces of your own confirmation with these words from the Catechism: 1316 Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
Adoration expansion: beginning Wednesday at noon, we will have our expanded hours of adoration which will run straight through until Friday morning, ending with Benediction before the Friday 9:00am Mass. All of this will be in the church, with the only interruptions being for the scheduled Masses! That is 45 hours of non-stop ability for you to visit and sit with Jesus. Consider these words from St. Peter Julian Eymard:
“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”
That is a lot of grace that will be flowing here this week!