Dear Friends in Christ,
Father Victor visited on the weekend of September 23 and 24, introducing the initiative of opening Mary Mother for Perpetual Adoration in our lower Daily Mass Chapel. I am so grateful for your response. Initially we had 352 people sign up and over the past weeks, 263 Adorers have committed to 289 Holy Hours with an additional 46 parishioners willing to act as substitutes. Because of your overwhelming response I am happy to announce that expanded Eucharistic Adoration will begin Monday, November 13, following the 9:00 am Mass. At this time, 24 hour Adoration will be offered in the Chapel from after the Sunday 6:00 pm Mass until Saturday Morning at 9:00 am.
If you have signed up as an adorer, or are interested in signing up, please plan to attend a Welcome Meeting on Sunday, November 5, at 1:00 pm in the Assembly Room. Meet your Division Leader and fellow adorers. No RSVP is necessary. Please contact Deb at the Parish Office if you have questions.
Our overwhelming response is not surprising. Cardinal Robert Sarah in his new book, The Power of Silence, addresses the strength gained from silence and the need for it in this time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, particularly the youth. Cardinal Sarah states that, “Silence is more important than any other human work, for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service.”
When asked, “What would save the world?” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta replied: “My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in holy hours of prayer.”
She and the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity began their work with the “poorest of the poor” by first receiving Jesus in the silence of the heart where God speaks. For Mother Teresa and her sisters, before crossing over the threshold of their convent into the noisy streets, Mass and Adoration prepared them to meet Jesus with love in the poorest of the poor.
While most of us will never live in the convent, we are all called to serve in the midst of an often noisy world. Adoration is for all who wish to enter a safe harbor from the modern rat race and a place to prepare for our active work in the world. Jesus wants us all to come to him . . . those who want rest from burdens, worries, frustrations, grief and guilt of past sins. Life is difficult at times and in the silence of Eucharistic Adoration, Jesus is there to listen to our hearts and transform our lives.
I invite you all to take advantage of these expanded Adoration hours whether you are a regular adorer or an occasional visitor. All are welcome!
My Love in Christ,
through Mary, Mother of the Church,
Fr. Jim Perkl, Pastor
P.S. November is the month we remember the issue of Hunger and Homelessness. Thanks for being
involved through: Our food shelf, Mary Mother Thanksgiving Baskets and Meals at Mary Mother serving
locally, as well as Risen Savior Missions serving internationally.