SACRAMENTS AND THE CHURCH
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that: “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should ... have eternal life’” (3:16).
One of the most important ways – actually, the most important way – to encounter the Person, Jesus Christ, is through the Sacraments that He gave us. Once we have encountered Jesus Christ in the Mass, in the confessional, in adoration of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, then we can go out to our communities and preach the Good News by our lives (and by our words when necessary, as St. Francis of Assisi suggested).
The Sacraments are the way that He wants to meet us where we are and transform us into the men and women that He wants us to be – because we were not made to be mediocre or half-hearted or spiritually boring or bored. Each one of us was made for glory – “the glory that will be revealed in us…the revelation of the sons and daughters of God”(Romans 8:19). And God will accept nothing less for us.
One year ago, Pope Francis preached: “The Church by its very nature is on the move, not sitting and quiet in its own enclosure. It is open to the widest horizons, it is sent – the Church is sent – to bring the Gospel to the streets and reach the human and existential peripheries.”
We are opening up and offering the hope and the love of the Church to everyone, in every way we can. Here are a few:
We have instituted a weekly Wednesday mini-retreat for those who wish to engage in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass, and the sacrament of Reconciliation, or any one of those.
We are now live-streaming Mass from Sacred Heart, with more improvements to come.
Starting August 23, our 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass will be held OUTDOORS so that many more may feel comfortable to attend.