St. Pope John Paul II used to underscore often the connection between reception of Holy Communion at Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He reminded us that, as we try to realize WHO it is we receive, those few minutes of union with Him are not enough. We want to linger, speak of our joys, fears, hopes, and pains. We want to praise Him more fully and recognize Him more clearly in the many “ordinary ways” He breaks into our lives each day. Adoration allows us to do that! If, in faith, we can come before what appears as bread in the monstrance, and, with the eyes of faith, see the Lord our God, we can then go out and begin to see Him more often in all the ordinariness of day in and day out. He went on to say that, as we adore, we are led to want to become one with Him more often, not simply gaze upon Him. So, frequent adoration leads us to a deeper desire to receive Him more often and more reverently. I am so happy to see adoration growing in our parish! I know it’s the source behind so many of our blessings!
I encourage you to get into a weekly Thursday habit – a few one-on-one minutes with Him as the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for you every Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church. It is wonderful to see so many of all ages dropping in all through the day each Thursday for some one-on-one time with Jesus during these hours of Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament!
September – June: from close of 8 AM Mass to 7 PM Benediction
July – August: from close of 8 AM Mass to Noon (no Benediction)
Volunteer to pray for a one hour time period during these hours on a weekly basis by contacting Mary Kay in the parish office at 603-436-4555.