All month, since 19 of our high-school youth, (mostly freshmen, preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation), attended the John 6:35 Eucharistic Retreat, we’ve continued to emphasize the crucial place Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament — and the Sacrament of Reconciliation — play in the spiritual formation of young men and women. On the Friday after our return, when our parish provides adoration from 9am to 9pm, four of the young men came together to observe a “holy hour”. (And, because it was also a “First Friday”, we also recited the Litany to the Sacred Heart — a litany we’ve often used at the end of each class session.)

Then, this past Sunday evening, we provided a special hour of adoration for the youth, with the opportunity for Reconciliation being offered during that time as well. And they came.

And knelt… and prayed… and confessed their sins and heard Jesus Corpus Christi artsay, “I forgive you”… and one-by-one led the recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart… and spent an hour in the presence of Jesus in His eucharistic Body, and meditated on Sacred Scripture: “Behold, the Lamb of God”… “I am the Bread of Life…” And in doing so, were radiated with more graces than they could imagine.

And made glad the heart of the Father. 

Our adults, meanwhile, gather every Friday from 9am until 9pm to keep a holy hour watching and praying with Jesus. And a VERY large group, (80+), are gathering every Tuesday evening to dig deeper into “The 7 Secrets of the Eucharist”.

Why?

Because the Eucharist is, truly, the SOURCE and SUMMIT of our lives as Catholics. Come, and join us as we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

“Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds, hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious Enemy, defend me. At the hour of my death, call me and bid me come unto Thee, that with Thy saints and angels I may praise Thee forever and ever.”

Paul Abbe

Director of religious education