Adoration Holy Hour
Mondays: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
in Holy Cross Church
Please join us anytime as our community gathers together to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration takes place each Monday throughout the year in the main church from 7pm to 8pm. All are welcome.
Never been to Adoration?
Don’t sweat! You’re not alone. Many people have never been to Eucharistic Adoration before, and sometimes Adoration can feel daunting because one might not know what to “do” at Adoration. The main focus during Eucharistic Adoration is personal prayer in the presence of Christ. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of attending Eucharistic Adoration.
- Don’t worry about doing it “right.” There’s no set formula or right way to prayer during Adoration.
- Allow your heart and mind to quiet while at Adoration. How often do you get five minutes of silence in your daily life? Likely not very often. And when you do, chances are you might feel very restless after a few minutes. So while sitting in silence at Adoration, focus on your breathing and allow your heart, mind, and soul to quiet…slow down…rest!
- Feel free to come and go to Adoration, you don’t need to stay the full hour. Feel free to drop in to Adoration for even just five minutes. If it’s your first time, try 10-15 minutes. The next time, try 15-20 minutes. And so on.
Eucharistic Devotion “is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.’ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church… Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm (or by appointment)
in Holy Cross Church
Please also see the bulletin for details on parish penances during Advent and Lent, and other opportunities for confession.
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week,” Jesus showed himself to his apostles. “He breathed on them, and said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (Jn 20:19, 22-23).
“The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship. Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation ‘is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation’. Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection,’ restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God” (CCC1468). “Conversion touches the past and the future and is nourished by hope in God’s mercy” (CCC 1490).