Special Holy Hours in Advent
Recently the American Bishops met in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss the importance of the Eucharist in the lives of Catholics. One of the suggestions was to promote Eucharistic Adoration in our extra-ordinary services that we conduct in our Churches. During pre-covid times we used to have Holy Hours during the Season of Advent. We will continue this practice again this year, but with a special emphasis. Each Holy Hour will be focused on a particular need for our Catholic Church in America. These Holy Hours will be celebrated on Monday evenings, beginning November 29th through December 20th. They will begin at 6:30 pm in Church.
On November 29th we will pray for our Supreme Court who will be hearing a special case that could help overturn Roe v. Wade. This decision in 1973 legalized the killing of unborn children in our country. Since that time over 62,000,000 children have been killed in the name of “reproductive rights” in America. This abomination must come to an end, and our prayers before the Blessed Sacrament can help make this possible.
On December 6th we will pray for all who have suffered, in any way, from the covid-19 pandemic which has been raging for over twenty-one months in our Country. Many have suffered from this illness, and many have lost relatives and friends to this disease. We will pray that Jesus will comfort all who are still suffering, and also pray for an end to this terrible blight on our world.
On December 13th we will be celebrating an Evening of Praise, with special music, to pray for those who are experiencing any health or economic needs at this present time.
On December 20th we will pray the ”O Antiphons” commemorating the days of Advent which celebrate the anticipation of the Messiah coming into the world at Christmas.
Besides the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament the Sacrament of Penance will also be available on these evenings for those who would like to make this a part of their spiritual preparation for the Feast of Our Lord’s Birth. Please make some time in your busy schedules to come to Church this Advent Season. It will add a lot to your enjoyment of the Christmas Season. God bless you,
~ Fr. Thomas Haren, Fr. Ted Marszal, Deacon Stan Drozzell, Bob Soeder