Bulletin, January 14, 2001
Thank you for your beautiful response to Fr. Victor Warkulwiz, M.S.S. Some 511 parishioners committed themselves to a weekly Holy Hour. I know that many others, though reluctant to fill out the form, do plan on spending time in prayer before our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. When the coordinating committee met on Sunday evening we discussed the possibility of initiating Perpetual Adoration by the beginning of Lent (February 28). This will require a special permission from Archbishop Brunett and the assurance that all 168 hours of the week are covered. The committee is in the process of compiling the names and phone numbers of those who signed up and probably by the end of January or early February will be contacting you who filled out the invitations.
Meanwhile, we will continue with partial Eucharistic Adoration - that is, our current 71 hours a week: Monday & Tuesday from 9:15 am to 9 p.m., Wednesday (in the church) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p. m., Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. When a priest or deacon is present, as is the case on Wednesdays and Saturdays, adoration will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. At other times an extraordinary Eucharistic Minister will repose the Blessed Sacrament.
I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for personal prayer and to present to the Lord the needs of your family and loved ones. Many people have given me testimonies of favors granted. I have experienced some myself - both for needs here in Holy Family and for a person far away. Last summer I received word of a child in Peru who was seriously ill. I went to the Ailbe House chapel and spent two hours. When I heard from the family some days later, the girl was out of danger.
Such mercies have been granted Holy Family parishioners through their adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist. Pope John Paul II said, "A while of Adoration is more fruitful to the world than the most intense apostolic activity." St. John Bosco, whose feast day we celebrate at the end of this month, stated, "If you wish our Lord to grant you many graces, visit him often. If you wish the devil to assault you, visit Jesus rarely."
Prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament, is bringing many blessings to our parish. One very concrete sign is financial support of Holy Family. As you can see from this Sunday's bulletin we are starting out the year on a good foot. This enables us to hire the office help we need so much. At the same time, we will continue to need the assistance of our office volunteers. Without them we could not have made it through this past year and we will never stop benefiting from their help. There is much work to do here in Holy Family, particularly in terms of basic organization.
And please say special prayers for the couples who will participate in the Evenings for the Engaged which begin tonight at 7 p.,m. in the rectory, 9622- 20th Ave SW. Registrations will be accepted at the door.
Two-bit Collection (for Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration) $ 312.00 Segunda Colecta: $ 714.00
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