August 14-15, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past week we have been blessed to welcome our newly appointed Assistant Pastor, Father comes to us from Ghana in West Africa. His Bishop has commented that in the past our country has sent many missionaries to Africa and now is the time to return the favor by sending missionaries to the US. For this we are truly grateful. Father Dominic , by the providence of God could not have come at a better time. Father Sahd has been laid up with the flu and, as we say in the Navy, Father Dominic has “hit the deck running”.
We pray that Father Dominic will have a fruitful and joy-filled ministry here in our parish and help us to more appreciate the magnificence of the Catholic (Universal) Church to which we belong.
We continue our meditations on the Most Holy Eucharist:
From Redemptionis Sacramentum (2004). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Both the public and private devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist even outside Mass should be vigorously promoted, for by means of it the faithful give adoration to Christ, truly and really present, the High Priest of the good things to come (Heb 9-11) and Redeemer of the whole world. “It is the responsibility of sacred pastors, even by the witness of their life, to support the practice of Eucharistic worship and especially exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament, as well as prayer of adoration before Christ present under the Eucharistic species.
The faithful should not omit making visits during the day to the Most Holy Sacrament, as proof of gratitude, a pledge of love, and a debt of the adoration due to Christ the Lord Who is present in it. For the contemplation of Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament, as a communion of desire, powerfully joins the faithful to Christ, as is splendidly evident in the example of so many saints. “Unless there is a grave reason to the contrary, a church in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved should be open to the faithful for at least some hours each day, so that they can spend time in prayer before the Most Holy Sacrament”. (Code of Canon Law, 937)