The image of an hour with Jesus has been part of Catholic Tradition since the very beginning. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, mournfully asked His disciples, "Could you not watch with me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40).
A Holy Hour gives us the opportunity to honor Our Lord's request and place ourselves before Him. We join our own prayers, works, joys, and sufferings with His.
The Holy Hour is given to us by the Church not as a set of rules to keep but as an opportunity for an open encounter with the living God. There are many ways to keep a Holy Hour but what really matters is that our encounter with our Lord be sincere and prayerful with a genuine openness to the presence of God and allowing the distance between us to diminish. Some thoughts on ways to keep a holy hour are:
> Simply by sitting in the presence of God in silence with a heart open to His love;
> Focusing intently on the offertory we celebrate at each Mass reflecting upon the great mystery of Jesus'
love for us;
> Set aside a special time for meditation on Scripture or other spiritual materials; reading it, meditating
on it, conversing with God about it, contemplating God in light of the Scripture;
> Devoting a specialtime for prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication which
encourages us to adore God who loves us so much and gives of His very self to us. We grow in the
knowledge that God is and that praising and adoring God makes us stronger and wiser;
> Offer Thanksgiving and supplication in which we give God thanks for his goodness and make our
requests known to Him in prayer allowing him to be present in us, give us His grace, and guide us to
accept His response to our requests.
Consecration to the Sacred Head of Jesus
This traditional devotion will be held on the First Fridays of each month and will include:
Please join us for this wonderful time of prayer and devotion.
We will have no congregational singing at this time however.
Please note that we require that at least two people accompany the Blessed Sacrament at all times. Please take a moment to sign up on the sheets in the narthex if you plan to attend to help us plan ahead.
St. Mary's Prayer Chain
Our prayer chain is made up of a group of parishioners that pray the rosary daily for the specific needs of persons. If you would like to have the prayer chain pray for your special intention(s), please feel free to give them a call...
Please call Pat White at (360) 385-3063
...or Carol Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all prayer requests are kept CONFIDENTIAL...
In recent times the Mother of God has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Divine Son.
The Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is without a doubt, one of the most eloquent signs of love that we offer to Jesus and his Mother, Mary.
Below are helpful links for saying the rosary, the scriptural rosary, and more information on the promises and benefits of the rosary...
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place each Friday afternoon, following the 12:00 Noon Mass and end at 6:00 pm. On First Fridays of each month there will be 20-Hour Adoration from 12:30 pm Friday until 9:00 am Saturday morning. As we must have two people in attendance of the Blessed Sacrament at all times please sign up in the narthex of the church to help us plan ahead.