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30 for 30 — Adoration

“Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?”

-Mt 26:40

ESPN has a series of sports movies that it calls “30 for 30”. Starting February 21, we will begin our own 30 for 30. On that day, we will extend Eucharistic Adoration in the church to 9 am – 5 pm and continue it each Wednesday in Lent.

Whenever the Eucharist is exposed, at least two people should be there (one is always required). So, our sign-up sheet in the church vestibule includes two people for every half hour during those eight hours (except for 12-12:30 for Mass). So, my quick Gonzaga math (!) tells me that 2 people times 15 half hours equals 30 people. That means we are asking for 30 people to commit for 30 minutes of Adoration during Lent. 30 for 30!

What we be even better, of course, is if all 30 people made a full hour of Adoration. Jesus desires that of us (e.g., Mt 26:40).

Parishes that have stepped up their hours of Adoration have received extraordinary graces. Dioceses that have grown Adoration in their parishes have experienced an increase in vocations particularly with the priesthood. For individuals, God gives many graces to those who adore Jesus in the Eucharist. So, I promise you that the Lord will reward our parish and each one of you for going 30 for 30! He is never outdone in generosity.

Below are some quotes and testimonies about Eucharistic Adoration from www.eucharisticadoration.ie.

I hope that 30 of us experience the graces of Adoration this Lent and write our own testimony one day!

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr. Greg

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Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” – John 6:40.

“I have a burning desire to be honored in the Blessed Sacrament” – Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

“What we need in every parish, to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament frequently in holy hours of prayer” – St. Teresa of Calcutta.

“The most efficacious way to grow in holiness, is time spent with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament” – Pope Paul VI

“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of Love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and contemplation that is full of faith…May our adoration never cease” – St. John Paul II

“The zeal to carry evangelization to the ends of the earth comes from contemplation and adoration of the Lord Jesus” – Pope Francis

Testimonies

In recent times I had a feeling I wanted to do more than go to Mass each week. I felt in recent times, as if the Lord was calling me to do a little more. Then one Sunday a few months ago, a speaker from the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration was speaking at all the Masses in our Parish. During his talk he invited people to think in terms of a weekly commitment to Eucharistic Adoration.

Weekly Adoration for at least two days a week was about to begin in our Parish. There was emphasis on the need for commitment of an hour a week and that the spiritual benefits to individuals, families and the parish were enormous…since I have started weekly Adoration I look forward so much to my hour with the Lord. It is now, even after a short time, a real priority in my life. I continue to pray that other members of my family will follow. I keep telling them how much it means to me and that you have to experience it to appreciate it. – Angela

“…the most peaceful time of the week, my hour at Eucharistic Adoration” – Mary.

“I have been coming to weekly silent Adoration for a good while now. It just amazes me that anytime of the day, I can find Jesus here waiting for me. We are so fortunate to have such a treasure in our parish. Long may it last!”

“…Adoration…was the first time in years that I experienced peace in my life and I wanted more of this…It has made such a difference in my life…I am still very busy at various things but the hour in Adoration seems to help me to have a clearer head and do things more effectively and efficiently.

I now realize after all these years that the busier you are the more you need the Lord and one of the places to find Him is in the Adoration Chapel.”

Why are you smiling so much?

5th Sunday
30 for 30

Adoration
Testimonies / Pastor’s page
RCIA man / smiling
FG
Job

        Jesus not too busy to pray
In HIs Presence
     Gospel / He entered the house
     Everyone gathered at the door
     Major healing
Entering His house (Adoration) + He enters our house (Holy Communion)

Listen for God with your heart

“How can I hear God?” One woman asked this with some exasperation at Bible study when we discussed today’s first reading (Sam 3) of Samuel hearing the voice of God. It is a question to which we all want the answer. Every day. St. Teresa of Avila taught that “Jesus is always speaking to us; the question is, are we listening?” If we are men and women who pray daily, read and meditate on Scripture regularly, and come into the Real Presence of the Lord in Adoration, then we are listening. Of course, these are not the only ways to hear God, but they are the best.

To that point, we will increase our hours of Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays starting in Lent. I will explain the significance of this for us as a parish in the days ahead. For each of us, it will provide a tremendous opportunity to hear God. The first time in my life that I heard the voice of God was when I started praying in Adoration. I promise you that God will reward whatever time you give to adore Jesus, and it very well might be an experience of hearing Him.

I thought that the words of another priest would help would be more beneficial when it comes to hearing God. So, here is a good reflection by Fr. Killian J. Healy at www.catholicexchange.com. See you at Wednesday Adoration!

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg


 

God does not have to use external words and signs to attract our attention and convey ideas to us. He enters our minds directly. He speaks secretly, noiselessly, as befits the Divinity. It is only by faith that we know He is working in us. For example, God once spoke in a special, hidden way to St. Peter, who then confessed Jesus to be the Son of God. “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona,” said our Lord. “For flesh and blood hath not revealed this to thee, but my Father in Heaven.”

St. John tells us that we will know all things from the Holy Spirit: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” St. Paul says that God enters our very thoughts: “Not that we are sufficient to think anything of ourselves, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”

God also enters our hearts and inspires us to holy desires. “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening; and the Lord touched her heart to give heed to what was being said by Paul.”

Thus, the Scriptures and the Church tell us that God speaks to us in the silence of our minds and hearts. He speaks to all men, but all men do not hear Him. God speaks to our mind and heart when we kneel to meditate or to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He enters our mind when the passing things of time excite our thoughts. It is He who gives us holy thoughts to conquer our temptations. It is He who stirs up within us the desire to persevere against all adversaries.

Perhaps we have never realized that God is illuminating our intellect and inspiring our will. Yet He does just that. That is why we are told not to do all the talking in prayer. For, if we continually recite vocal prayers without pausing now and then to think, we will stifle the thoughts and desires that God wishes to excite in us.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux tells us how she listened to the voice of God. “I know and have experienced that ‘the Kingdom of God is within us,’ that our Master has no need of books or teacher to instruct a soul. The Teacher of teachers instructs without sound of words, and though I have never heard Him speak, yet I know He is within me, always guiding and inspiring me; and just when I need them, lights, hitherto unseen, break in upon me. As a rule, it is not during prayer that this happens, but in the midst of my daily duties.”

But we are not only to listen; it would be folly to remain in a state of mental blankness, waiting for God to speak. No, prayer is a loving conversation, and, when the Holy Spirit moves us, it is time to begin our part of the colloquy.

One way, then, to practice the exercise of the presence of God is to listen to God, to be aware that He speaks to us, to be ever conscious that God can use all things to communicate with us.

Go forth and be fishers of men

Will you heed the call?

Today we are asking you to sign up for prayer teams for our upcoming “street evangelization.” You’ve heard me mention this and even explain it in homilies in the past, but now it gets real. On two upcoming Saturdays (April 8 and 22), a couple of parishioners and I will set up a table with Catholic materials at Congress Heights metro station from 2-4 p.m. We will ask passersby if they’d like a miraculous medal or rosary as a way to start a conversation. The table will include these items as well as Catholic pamphlets. The goal is to engage people in a discussion about faith, spread the Good News mainly through personal witness, and invite them to visit Assumption. This is the basic premise of street evangelization.

Evangelization is necessary

As we have been saying here for over a year, evangelization is not just a good thing for our parish to do, it’s necessary. We all know that in order for our parish to survive and thrive in the future, we have to bring in more people now with the help of God. Hopefully, it will be young people and young families who will become the next generation of active, long-standing parishioners here. I drove through the neighborhood the other night and saw many young people and families on their porches and in their yards enjoying a warm, spring evening. They are around us!

Prayer teams are also critical

Other parishes in our area have had a similar approach when they have evangelized in the neighborhood. That is, they have teams of evangelizers as well as prayer teams. Those on the prayer teams want to be a part of the evangelization effort but don’t feel called to go out. It’s kind of like going into battle: you have those who fight on the front lines and those who are in the rear supporting them. Both are needed! In fact, in the Church, it is believed that the strongest element of the “Church militant” is the prayer contingent.

Ask God to open hearts and minds

So, if you sign up to be a prayer for street evangelization, please pray on that Saturday; if you signed up for the prayer teams, pray during the 2-3 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. hours. You are praying that God will bring people to our table with open hearts and minds. You are praying that we will be good, joyful, and inviting witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, you are praying that these conversations will be fruitful, and that the people will come to encounter the Lord here at Assumption. You have much to pray for! As the Lord says in the Gospel, “this can only come about through prayer“. In the future, we will hopefully have prayer teams come to the church for Adoration during the times of evangelization. Parishioners will literally bring their prayer requests for street evangelization (as stated above) to the Lord himself. For now, we ask you to do this in your home or preferred place of prayer. We have confidence that God will bless our team effort!

In the future, we will hopefully have prayer teams come to the church for Adoration during the times of evangelization. Parishioners will literally bring their prayer requests for street evangelization (as stated above) to the Lord himself. For now, we ask you to do this in your home or preferred place of prayer. We have confidence that God will bless our team effort!

All of us should be evangelizing regularly. All of us should be praying for more people to join our Assumption family. But, street evangelization is a particular and intentional way of going out. It has been fruitful in other places, and we trust that God has initiated this to do the same here.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week 2017

Church of the Assumption

ALL EVENTS ARE IN THE CHURCH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Holy Thursday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper + Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

9 pm – 12 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Rectory chapel)

Good Friday

NO Daily Mass

12 – 3 pm Confessions

3:00 pm Stations of the Cross

3:30 pm Confessions (or after the Stations of the Cross)

7:00 pm Passion of the Lord service

Holy Saturday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

10:00 am Easter Mass