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.
Welcome to Holy Family Parish
Holy Family Parish exists to unite all as a family of God and to assist each person in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.
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