"This is my Body…This is my Blood"
~ Mark 14
Do this in memory of me. These remarkable words were spoken by Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago when he instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The Church fulfills this command of the Lord whenever we celebrate the Mass. In doing so, we participate in the supreme mystery of our faith, the memorial of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.
The celebration of the Mass is the center of the whole Christian life. It includes both the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and the worship that the human race offers to God. When the parish community gathers each week for Sunday Eucharist, our faith is nourished, strengthened and expressed.
The way in which the Mass is celebrated has undergone various changes throughout the centuries, but the heart of the liturgy has remained the same. It continues to be a celebration of the banquet of the Lord, in which Catholics come to hear the word of God in the Scriptures and receive the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
Eucharistic adoration is an expression of our love of Jesus, who loves us and so stays with us day and night in the Blessed Sacrament. For he says, "Behold I am with you always!"
Eucharistic Adoration is simply our response to Jesus' love whereby each is willing to spend a quiet holy hour of prayer in His Eucharistic presence once a week on a regular basis so that Jesus is never left alone.
This time you spend with Jesus is spent any way you want to: reading the holy Bible, praying the rosary with your favorite prayer book or speaking to Jesus Heart to Heart as one does a friend. Or, you may just want to sit, relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being with Jesus, the One who loves you the Most.
Adoration at St. Mary's takes place two times each week:
- Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Pastoral Center Chapel
- Tuesday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.