Our Lady’s Chapel
Dear Faithful of Saint Mary’s Parish,
I hope you all are doing well! I want to share with you one idea that the Pastoral council and I have given some thought to in the past several weeks. As you know, our Church has a beautiful Chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this chapel there is an altar with a tabernacle on it. But the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is not in that tabernacle except from Holy Thursday evening to Holy Saturday night as a sign of the three days that Jesus Christ was in the tomb. During these days, the liturgy of the Catholic Church says that the main tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary should be emptied and moved to an altar on one of the sides of the Church.
We want to put the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in the tabernacle that is in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Also, we want to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary. So there will be two places in our Church for praying: one in the main Church and one in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Sometimes, people would like to have a quieter place to pray, or more intimacy with God, and if so, they could go to this Chapel. And people who wish to pray in the main Church can continue to do so because the same Lord will be in both places.
I think this is an opportunity to reinforce our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We need this as much as our bodies need to eat and drink. You remember that Saint Paul says, “devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2) as well as “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Phil 4:6). We can pray anywhere, but praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament is the best place to pray if we can. Remember that our Church is open from 3am to 10pm. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop by the Church and just tell God how much you love him? Isn’t it something we like people to do with us? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we acquire the custom of reserving a time of the day for prayer, before or after work, and be with Jesus Christ to give Him thanks?
We would like to do this as soon as possible, on this coming Thursday, after which, Adoration on Thursdays will be held in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. I would like you to know that we need people who want to make a commitment to be adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. The commitment is just to pick a time of the day where you will come to adore Jesus Christ. When you parents ask me what you can do for your children after having raised them as Catholic, they do not practice anymore what you taught them, I say, “Just pray for them because that is the unique thing you can do now.” In the Gospel of Luke 18:1, you see this: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”.
Finally, something that you know, which is my love for all of you in the heart of Jesus Christ and my constant prayer for you and all your families.
May God bless you always.
Father Faustino Ruiz