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Greetings, friends, from the Director of Music and Liturgy.

I would like to invite all of you to an important upcoming event and briefly talk about it, so that hopefully many of you will come.  On Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 PM here in the main church, we will gather as a community for an Evening Prayer for Healing in the Church.  This evening of music, petition, meditation, and teaching will be a way for us to process what is going on in the Church right now and turn to the Lord.  In times like these, we are all called beyond our busy schedules, well beyond our normal routines, to make extraordinary efforts toward prayer and personal holiness.

When the time of Jesus’ Passion was near, he asked of his disciples, “watch, and pray.”  We cannot just “watch” in horror and disgust at this spiritual warfare going on in the Church, or even turn and run in fear like the other disciples; as Christians we have a much greater hope!  We can learn from the beloved disciple John, who stayed with Jesus suffering on the cross, and we need to hold to our Mother Church tightly.  By uniting ourselves with the whole suffering body of Christ and clinging to the Cross, we help fight the battle (St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!) and we become the hands and feet of Christ.  And in all this, we must remember that prayer does work, and God does hear the cry of the poor.  As lay faithful priests, prophets, and kings, we have, as Bishop Robert Barron offered, a “kingly responsibility” to “return to the spiritual sources” of Mass, the sacraments, and prayer, and “recommit ourselves to Christ.”  So, it is not cliché to say that for many of us, the most important thing we can do is pray, fervently, without ceasing, and with great hope.  In doing this, we cooperate directly with God’s divine, redemptive plan.

First and foremost, we will offer our prayers for the healing of the victims and their families, who have suffered so much.  We will pray for innocent and holy priests, that they may not be led astray or fall into despair, but be strengthened in their ministry and holiness.  We will pray for the Church and all her lay people and religious, that she become stronger and more holy, starting with you and me.  And, we will pray for justice, better accountability and protection of children in the future, and for God’s will, with our eyes always on the perfect holiness and love of God.  We will also hear important and encouraging thoughts from our own Deacon Joe Dietz and pray with some reflective music and psalms.

As the song goes: “We are one body, one body in Christ, and we do not stand alone.”  I hope to stand with many of you in solidarity for the abuse victims and for the healing our Church on October 2nd.

 

Jessica Roberts