Christ's Presence is Real

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Our participation in the Holy Eucharist gives us life. Forgiven, renewed, and united in Christ, we depart each Mass as missionaries driven to communicate the Good News we have experienced. It is also true that we are chosen to worship Christ in the Eucharist outside of Mass. "During the thirteenth century, St Thomas Aquinas wrote extensively about the Eucharist as a sacrament
and symbol. Christ's presence is real, substantial, and sacramental. "- Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass, 2015.

Here at our 104-year old Parish of Holy Rosary, celebrating the prayer of the Eucharist in the way of Exposition, Adoration and Benediction has been a holy and meaningful prayer offering consolation, union with God, and seeing the face of God in the Sacred Body of Christ in the Host shown in the Monstrance. In continuance of our wondrous tradition, what is of some concern is that during this past year there have been countless times during Adoration, which occurs every Friday between 12:45 and 4:15pm, in which no one is in the church adoring the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

Thankfully, some staff members have taken the opportunity to kneel and pray before the Blessed Sacrament when no one else has been there. As a community we can do better than this and not leave The Blessed Sacrament unattended. Our good shepherd, His Emminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, has pointed out to all the priests of our Archdiocese his own experience of having visited Churches which have Perpetual Adoration when no one is there in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. His Emminence exhorted the priests to encourage the faithful never to allow the abandonment of Christ present publicly in the Monstrance. Given our love for the Sacraments of our Catholic Church and the spiritual nourishment we receive in Holy Adoration of the Eucharist, we must consistently make time to be in prayerful presence with He Who offered everything for us. Let us renew our commitment to love our God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul united with others in loving regard for The Bread of Life.

May this upcoming Season of Lenten prayer, fasting,
and almsgiving bring us closer to God and neighbor. Amen

In God's loving kindness,

-fr. Chris, O.P.