Fr. Mottola's Weekly Column

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August 1st, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm at St. James!

        On September 3, 1965, Pope Paul VI published an encyclical letter entitled Mysterium fidei (The Mystery of Faith) about the Holy Eucharist, in which he encouraged us to participate in the worship of God through Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  He wrote: “The Catholic Church has always displayed and still displays this adoration (latria) that ought to be paid to the Sacrament of the Eucharist, both during Mass and outside of it, by taking the greatest possible care of consecrated Hosts, [and] by exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful. […]  Devotion to the Eucharist should be the focal point and goal of all other forms of devotion” (56, 64).

Jesus says to us in the Gospel today: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  To come to Jesus, not only at Mass, but to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament at other sundry times, has been the source of so many blessings in my life.  I was blessed to have been able to preside at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction at St. James church last month, and I would like to propose that Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, formerly monthly at St. James, now be offered every Wednesday from 7:00pm—8:00pm.  This will follow immediately after the 6:30pm Rosary.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes Pope John Paul II: "The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship.  Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love.  Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world.  Let our adoration never cease." (CCC 1380)

If you are ever free on a Wednesday evening, I encourage you to consider coming to this beautiful act of worship, adoring the Lord Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament!

God bless,

Father Peter

P.S. Speaking of the Eucharist: I have been so glad during my first month here to have been able to meet several people confined to their homes, but still desirous of receiving the Sacraments. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anyone in the parish who wants to see a priest!

P.P.S. A few people have asked me about the funny hat I am wearing in the picture above, so I would like to provide an explanation!  That picture was taken at a commencement (graduation), and is the academic regalia associated with my degree in Canon Law.  Although I have the great joy of being able to serve as pastor, I also have a “job”—I work twelve hours per week (Thursdays & Fridays) at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Gates.  If you are a regular reader of the Catholic Courier, you will see an article in this month’s issue about the work of the Judicial Vicar in the diocesan Marriage Tribunal, so if you have any interest in knowing more, you can learn about some of what I do in the Courier!