Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of God by spending time with His Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. The Host is displayed in a monstrance on the altar for the faithful to adore, pray, and reflect upon the Sacred Mysteries. The practice was established around the 11th century but can trace its roots back to Jesus' invitation to his disciples to pray with him in the garden of Gethsemane. The disciples struggled to do so, just as today many Catholics are unsure how to practice this devotion.
Adoration begins with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, but adorers may come at any time. When entering a church or chapel with the Host displayed in the monstrance, genuflect using both knees before entering your pew. Then, you spend time with the Lord by praying in whatever manner you feel called, be that by reading Scriptures, praying a rosary, or simply spending quiet time clearing your head and listening to what He is telling you. You may sit, stand, or kneel at any time, and silence is generally observed. Adoration concludes with Benediction, but the adorer may leave at any time prior after having stayed for any length of time, be it a few minutes or a few hours.
Come, Light a Candle, Pray. On July 9th, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, our parish is holding a night of Prayer and Adoration at St. Peter Church. Everyone is invited throughout the evening to light a candle and join together in prayer before the Lord, present to us in the Blessed Sacrament. Candles will be placed at the foot of the altar as we pray for our unified parish and each other. Confession will be available through the evening. We will end with Night Prayer and Benediction at 9:00pm. Take this chance to grow closer to our Lord Jesus Christ in Adoration.
"The parish is not principally a structure, a territory, or a building, but rather, "the family of God, a fellowship afire with a unifying spirit", "a familial and welcoming home", the "community of the faithful. Plainly and simply, the parish is...a Eucharistic community." Saint John Paul II
Welcome to Holy Family Parish! I cannot express the joy it gives me to type these words. As of July 1st, our three Churches have been officially united as one parish family. The above quote from Saint John Paul expresses beautifully what this means. We are a family, a home, a community centered on the Eucharist. As members of the family of God we are on fire with the Spirit, a Spirit that leads us to unity and holiness.
As you know, our three homes (St. Peter, St. Joseph and Sacred Heart) will maintain the names they have held for over a hundred years each. We continue to treasure the history and traditions of each of our family homes. As a parish, we are collectively now known as Holy Family. Each household in our parish family is now registered as members of Holy Family. We will be working to change over the signage at our Church locations. Everything from our letterhead and envelopes to website and social media will be rebranded to the new name.
The next set of envelopes you receive will feature pictures of each of our Churches and our new Parish Name. When you write checks, please make them out to, “Holy Family”. The online giving that was previously for Sacred Heart can now be used by all Parish Members. Its branding will be changed to, “Holy Family” along with the envelopes. You can start using online giving by going to our website and clicking on the online giving icon located towards the bottom of the homepage.
The presence of God can be found in many places throughout the world, but none more directly and fully than in the Eucharist. In the gospel of John, Jesus speaks to the crowd about the Eucharist as the bread of life saying, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them" (John 6:54-56). In this short passage Jesus explains His body and blood as being the source of eternal life which we receive through consumption. Just as Jesus asked Peter "Who do you say that I am?" So, too, when we look at the Eucharist during Mass or Adoration, Jesus is asking us, “Who do you say that I am?”
The exciting moment has arrived! Watch the video below as Fr. Ian and Fr. Nate reveal a new parish name for the LaPorte Catholic churches.
Many thanks to everyone for your work in the unification process. We are excited to continue working together to proclaim Jesus Christ, proclaim His Church and salvation in and through Him.
Solemnities are the most important celebrations of the Church. The Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi each year. This beautiful devotion focuses on the wounds of Christ, which are open demonstrations of His great love for us. Although it became officially celebrated in the church in 1873 when approved by Pope Pius IX, the history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart goes back even further.
Today, June 1st, is the official anniversary of ordination to the priesthood for Fr. Ian and Fr. Bill. The parishioners of LaPorte Catholic Church are so blessed to have them here. We have put together a short video to show our thanks and appreciation. God Bless you Fr. Ian and Fr. Bill!
In 1264, Pope Urban IV established the feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Pope noted that since Holy Thursday, the feast of the institution of the Eucharist, is concerned with such themes as the priesthood and Christ's agony in the garden, it was only proper for the Church to have a feast specially devoted to Christ's Eucharistic presence. Seven hundred and fifty years later, we still celebrate this feast. Since the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life, it is only fitting that we celebrate a special feast devoted to Christ in the Eucharist.
Everyday during the Mass, bread and wine is miraculously transformed into Christ's Body and Blood. Although this event is in itself a miracle, there have been cases of extraordinary Eucharistic miracles over the centuries; some have even occurred during the 21st century. One such Eucharistic miracle occurred in Legnica Poland in 2013.
Have you ever wondered why there are three churches in LaPorte? Which church is the oldest? Do you know what the original church buildings used to look like inside? Join Fr. Nate for a fascinating tour through the history and buildings that make up LaPorte Catholic Church.
There is much more information than we could fit in this 5 minute video. If you want to know more about the history of each of the churches that make up LaPorte Catholic Church, follow the links below to the history pages on our website:
What is at the heart of our parish family? What is important? How do we grow closer as a community of faith? How do we follow Christ in our daily lives? Join us for a look at what is at the heart of LaPorte Catholic Church.
Being Catholic means more than just coming to Mass every Sunday. It means bringing our faith into every moment of our day, into all our activities and to all the people we meet. Part of any parish is the numerous volunteer opportunities presented to its people. Volunteering can take many different shapes and forms, but at the heart of any volunteer opportunity is the chance to be Christ for someone else. We get to be Christ and see Christ in those we minister to. "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25: 40).
There are many volunteer opportunities at LaPorte Catholic Church. Please explore our Parish Ministries pages: https://www.catholiclaporte.org/parish-ministries.html
Did you miss parts one and two of our series, "The heart of our Parish Family"? You can watch them at the links below:
Welcome to Holy Family Parish
We praise God that you are here with us today. We pray for the opportunity to no longer call each other strangers, but friends. Together, we seek to be a Eucharistic people centered in the love of Christ. We strive to share the love that we’ve received from God through serving others. May the Lord bless us with the courage and grace to be the hands and feet of Jesus for all.
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