Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays was one of the activities that got put on hold with so many other things as a result of COVID-19. Exposition is something we can safely resume. I am putting out sign-up sheets so that I can get some idea of how many people would be willing to help us restore this important prayer ministry to our parish.

We’ll divide the day into half hour slots. We’ll also beef up the prayer aid materials. I made someone mad a few years back by asking that they didn’t have oral prayer with others when they were visiting (e.g. the rosary.) I think we can handle that by designating one of the time slots for the rosary if some wish to join together. I’ll “consult the powers that be.” I just don’t want to begin the practice again without attendance.

Let me reflect a little on why we do it.

You can certainly pray to the Lord in every place and in every moment of your day. You should.

However, Eucharist is a unique part of who and what we are as a Catholic people. We say that this bread and this wine doesn’t simply represent something symbolically like a logo does for some company. We listen to Jesus when he said,

... “Take this all of you and eat of it, for this is my Body which will be given up for you.” “THIS IS MY BODY.” In other words, “THIS IS ME.” How personal can you get? How close can you get?

When you or I take the time to visit the Blessed Sacrament we encourage the closeness that Jesus wants to have with us.

So, we not only gather at Mass to experience and celebrate His presence. We also honor Him in our tabernacles. You recall that the reason for keeping the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle began (many moons ago) as a way of being able to bring the Lord to the sick or to people who lived so far away from the community that they could not be present for Mass.

Maybe I can wax a little more eloquently about all this when the Feast of Corpus Christi comes in mid-June. For now, I simply want to invite you to help us revive our wonderful practice of having a special day to honor Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We will resume our custom every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

However, if we cannot get a fairly full sign-up list then perhaps it is not the time to resume. Exposing the Blessed Sacrament and then having the chapel empty for most of the day is not what this should be all about.

When you get down to it, of course, there is no difference between Jesus reserved in the tabernacle and Jesus brought out in the Sacred Monstrance. There IS a difference in the focus with which each of us comes to our chapel to pray, and that’s important. For one thing, knowing that there is someone present praying for my intentions is amazing. The personal intention basket will return to the chapel.

Speaking of resuming, No Volunteers, No Donuts. You volunteer, it will with your availability and not a perpetual life sign-up for all the Masses.

You might get a chuckle out of something ironic that happened to me this week. I got charged for three huge coffee urns that were delivered to someone in Jacksonville. It was a $5,000 scam. Those urns would have required A LOT of donuts.

We are happy to welcome again staffers of Drogadictos Anonimos to St. Sebastian. Check out their mission on the back of this bulletin and welcome their reps this weekend. Buy a shirt. The parish will kick in as well.

Here’s to a scam free week, and always
In Jesus,
sign frjim


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