One Invitation, One Explanation, One Thank-You.
Invitation: Healing Mass August 10th, with the help of the Spanish Prayer Group, we will have a Misa de Sanacion (Healing Mass) at 7 pm in the Church. The Mass will be a straightforward Mass. Following Mass, we will have a period of Adoration where I will pray over and bless anyone who wants to come forward to ask Jesus for healing. I will try to stay and pray over all folks who come and wait for the prayers. Since all healing comes from Jesus, we will ask Him directly as the prayers and blessing will be given at the foot of the altar before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will be in Bi-lingual, based on how many Hispanos & Anglos come, but all are invited since the prayers for healing / blessing can be in either Spanish or English.
Explanation: Also this coming week is my annual retreat. Church law requires that I spend a week in prayer each year for renewal and deepening of the spiritual life. Another little known tidbit of this is that diocesan law (promulgated by the Bishop) requires that in odd numbered years (2017, 2019, …. etc) each diocesan priest make the retreat with priests of our diocese. In even numbered years (2018, 2020, … etc) we are free to schedule a retreat of our own choosing. There are any number of folks who lead retreats for priests locally or even internationally. One year I made a retreat with Father Miller in Ars, France. (He wrote a book called “The Grace of Are” about these retreats). My number one ‘take-away’ from that retreat? That I need to pray more for my parish. When I give the Lord time and space, he does remind me of your prayer requests. I’ll be doing that a lot this week.
Thank-you: a word of gratitude for your participation to all who have kindly and generously wished me a happy birthday this week. Your prayers and kindnesses are deeply appreciated.