02/18/2018 - IN THE BOSOM OF JESUS - THE INAUGURATION OF OUR ADORATION CHAPEL
IN THE BOSOM OF JESUS – THE INAUGURATION OF OUR ADORATION CHAPEL
On Sunday, February 25th after the 11:30am Holy Mass, a new chapter will begin in the life of our parish with the inauguration of our Adoration Chapel! From that day forward, you will have access 24/7 to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament! The Adoration Chapel was realized through a generous donation of a good friend of mine, Mr. Steve Roach, and through the expertise of Hassig Construction Company.
The realization of an Adoration Chapel is a direct response to a desire of Jesus: He is present in our tabernacles and He is calling you to come and be with Him! I want to share with you some words that Jesus spoke to a Priest so that you may be inspired to respond generously to the invitation of your Savior!
JESUS’ WORDS TO A PRIEST AND TO YOU
“I live in the Sacrament of my love as I live in heaven, in a ceaseless state of intercession for all who believe in Me and come to Me with the weight of life’s burdens and sorrows. There is nothing that I will not do for the soul who approaches Me with confidence.
For this reason did I wish to remain present in the Sacrament of My love until the end of time: so that souls might know where to find Me, and approach Me easily, certain of being heard, and trusting in the mercy of My Heart for a world marked by suffering and ravaged by sin. There is no form of intercessory prayer more efficacious than that of the soul who approaches My Eucharistic presence, certain of finding Me and certain of being heard. I am not distant from souls in need. I have made Myself close to them, as close as the nearest tabernacle. Would that My people understood this! My churches would be filled to overflowing at every hour of the day and night. I would never be left alone in the Sacrament of My love.” From the book, In Sinu Iesu: When heart speaks to heart – The journal of a priest at prayer, page 213-214.
ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING: FORMING A
PRE-HOLY MASS CULTURE AT ST. LOUISE
Our homily series has shed light on the encounter which takes place between us and our Savior during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when we receive His Most Holy Body and Blood! The more we prepare to encounter Jesus, to listen to His Words and to receive all the goodness and healing He desires to give us during our worship, the more we shall receive. It is in light of this encounter that our Worship Commission has put forth a plan to begin to form a Pre-Holy Mass culture at St. Louise to assist all parishioners in their preparation for Holy Mass. We are calling upon all parishioners to do their part in both understanding and embracing the new culture.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR NEW PRE-HOLY MASS CULTURE:
SILENCE: The very presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament calls for our reverent silence in His presence. During the time before when we arrive at Church and Holy Mass begins, let us offer to one another the gift of silence. As we strive to become aware of the presence of Jesus and to listen to His voice ourselves, we end up giving the great gift of silence to others. Anyone who has tried to hear the voice of the Lord in Church before Holy Mass has experienced how difficult it is to do that when others are chitchatting or speaking in a loud voice to others. Although it is hard to form new habits, the benefits of bringing about this change in our culture will help many in our parish better prepare themselves to receive a word of encouragement, consolation, or healing from the Lord.
15 MINUTES BEFORE HOLY MASS: all involved in ministering at that particular Holy Mass gather to pray together to ask our Lord’s Blessings on their ministry and on all those who will be attending Holy Mass.
8 MINUTES BEFORE HOLY MASS: our music ministry will lead us in song or offer us a meditative prelude to help us better dispose our souls to receive and have confidence in our Lord’s goodness!
3 MINUTES BEFORE HOLY MASS: our Holy Mass will be introduced with a simple, warm welcome. There will be one highlight from God’s Word or from our celebration. The highlight will lead us to a moment of personal prayer which will conclude with a moment of communal prayer. Our communal prayer will transition nicely into our prayer partners and then Holy Mass will begin promptly as scheduled! The announcements will take place at the end of Holy Mass instead of at the beginning.
Let us embrace this new culture with patience and love! Our patience and love will allow the Lord to transform our parish church into a place where all have the opportunity to prayerfully prepare themselves to receive and celebrate His goodness!
Remember we are dust and to dust we will return. On Ash Wednesday we were marked with the cross of Christ and we are His forever. Let us remember to pray for one another.