Opportunity for Prayer and Reflection

Dear Friends,

Summertime is flying past! Hopefully, we are able to enjoy the many blessings of this season of the year. Looking forward, in just a short six weeks, we will be celebrating our parish feast day ~ the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and our annual Forty Hours Devotions. Mark down the dates ~ September 8, 9, 10. Father Christopher Cooke will be our guest homilist this year. We are excited to be welcoming Father Cooke back home and are looking forward to hearing his inspired preaching.

During my years of Seminary formation, the Forty Hours Devotions were a very special moment in the school year. Three days without the pressure of classes, replaced with well-planned and special Masses, devotions and quiet prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. It was like a mini-retreat.

I pray that all our parish family will enter into these devotions this year in a similar way. While it is not possible for most folks to come and spend extended periods of time in prayer before our Lord, everyone should carve out a little bit of time in that period to come and silently visit with Jesus in prayer.

Additionally, take time now to rearrange schedules or to block off that Monday and Tuesday night to attend our evening devotions, which include Evening Prayer, Homily and Benediction, beginning at 7 pm and lasting about an hour. The final night, as has become the custom, we will have our outdoor Eucharistic procession and Benediction with the help of Norristown’s Verdi Band.

We are so truly blessed here having Adoration, 24 hours/day, 6 days/week taking place in the Chapel. So many gifts and helps are received by those who come and spend time with the Lord but there are so many gifts and helps also extended to all our parish family. In Eucharistic adoration, we look lovingly into the eyes of Jesus, Who is looking lovingly back at us!

May Jesus’ words from our Gospel this weekend, encourage and strengthen us to come to Him over and again, and always, “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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