Forty Hours

Dear Friends,

Here we are at the end of August with Labor Day weekend just around the corner. School will be reopening and Fall activities are looking to start up even if in a new and different way than in the past. Our parish family is preparing for our annual Forty Hours Devotions, September 13 – 15, and the re-initiation of Adoration two days weekly beginning September 16 & 17.

We are happy that we will be celebrating Forty Hours. Our devotion to Jesus, who is truly and fully present ~ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist, is our lifeline in the storms and confusion of this world.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Church at the end of the Noon Mass, Sunday, September 13. The Church will remain open all afternoon for visits to our Eucharistic Lord. Devotions will begin at 7 pm with Evening Prayer, Homily and Benediction (no Mass). Adoration will close with the devotions.

On Monday (our parish feast day) and Tuesday, Exposition will begin after the 9 am Mass and continue until Devotions at 7 pm. There will be no overnight Exposition. We invite our parish family to spend some quiet time with Jesus during these daytime hours. We will hold our usual outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction on Tuesday evening, concluding our Forty Hours. Father Brian Kean, Principal of PJP High School, is our guest homilist each evening. Evening Devotions will be live streamed for our parish family.

On Sunday, September 13, Confessions will be heard after the morning Masses and Confessions will also be heard on Monday evening, September 14 after Devotions. This is a very special moment in the yearly life of our parish. Forty Hours is like a parish retreat. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity as best you can.

Due to the current pandemic, our usual one-week Summer PREP program, Take the Plunge, could not be held in person. Our religious education switched into a six-week virtual learning experience with over 330 children completing the program this summer. Through the cooperation of parents, children, Teri Lahey and her staff along with the technology of GOOGLE classroom and Zoom instruction as well as the online resources from FORMED, the children and families had access to solid instruction, movies of the Saints, Praise Music, Holy Heroes and even a virtual tour of Saint John Neumann Shrine. It was quite an undertaking and very successful. Thank you to all the families who participated and to our PREP staff and helpers for such diligent efforts in discipleship on behalf of our young!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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