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At Saint George Parish we are pursuing new opportunities to foster a stronger parish life and better engage the New Evangelization. As a part of these efforts we are happy to announce that Saint George Parish now has it's own app for Apple and Android phones.Our new app will allow us to send you useful and important messages throughout the week regarding our parish life and events, and allow you to reply to messages or RSVP for events.There will be no need for parishioners with smart phones to remember to silence their phones before Mass. The app will send you a reminder to silence your phone 20 minutes before the Mass you select. Many more great features will be a help to all of us, such as, daily Mass readings, Catholic news, prayers and prayer reminders, quick access to online tithing, Confession reminders, and our weekly bulletin.
Today we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi, dedicated to the mystery of the Holy Eucharist – that ‘Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, [so] he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (Pope St. Paul VI)’ (Catechism 1418).
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the fruit of our faith but also deepens and enriches our faith, hope and love. Jesus, really and truly present in the Host, does many other things for those who believe and adore Him. I would like to quote Fr. Benedict Groeschel about some social fruits of Eucharistic adoration.
The Eucharistic presence of Christ is an absolute equalizer of persons. Popes and peasants, rich and poor, kings and beggars all fell on their knees together before Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. There is a fascinating account of the Habsburg Emperor Charles II, meeting a priest bringing Holy Communion to a poor gardener who was dying. The emperor put the priest in his carriage and "with his own hand" led the team of horses down the narrow lanes to the poor man's home. The emperor helped the priest alight and he remained in prayer while the man received the sacraments. He then gave the man a sizable gift of money and promised his weeping daughter a dowry so that she would not be in danger after the father's death. Then the emperor accompanied the priest back to the church where he received the blessing given to those who assist in the reception of the sacraments for the sick. This is a marvelous account of how we all kneel together in the presence of Christ.
Adoration is sometimes dismissed as a selfish exercise, making people concentrate on themselves, and indeed some people who frequent adoration may seem unsociable. However, appearances are usually deceptive. Fr. Groeschel continues:
There are some who find crowds and groups difficult to handle psychologically, that is, constitutionally introverted people. They are often quite sensitive and caring to others in a quiet way. But they are not good at functioning in groups. Thank God they find solace and strength in the Eucharist. My patron saint Benedict Joseph Labre a homeless, mentally ill man, found the anchor he needed to survive in the Eucharistic presence. He often begged for food for other homeless people and even organized the devout homeless into religious activities. But he needed several hours of prayer in the presence of Christ every day to cope with life.
We are all in need of the blessings Jesus wishes to give us through adoration before Him in the Blessed Sacrament. The gifts He wishes to give us vary from person to person. I hope that you will consider becoming an adorer of Jesus especially through participating in our adoration every Thursday evening and this Sunday afternoon.