On June 7th the church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. To celebrate the feast we will have 40 hour Eucharistic adoration. It will begin on Friday June 5th with mass at 7.00pm and end with Eucharistic procession and benediction on Sunday at 12:00pm following the 11:00am mass.
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The Forty Hours Devotion is a special 40-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. Affirming our belief in the real presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the Vatican Council II taught that the Holy Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" ("Lumen Gentium," No. 11). While the Mass is the central act of worship for us Catholics, an act which participates in the eternal reality of our Lord?s passion, death and resurrection, Vatican Council II upheld and encouraged the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass. Of course such devotion derives from the sacrifice of the Mass and moves the faithful to both sacramental and spiritual communion with our Lord ("Eucharisticum Mysterium," No. 50). As Pope Pius XII taught in "Mediator Dei," "This practice of adoration has a valid and firm foundation." St. Pope John Paul II, had repeatedly "highly recommended" public and private devotion of the Blessed Sacrament, including processions on the feast of Corpus Christi and the 40 Hours Devotion (cf. "Dominicae Cecae," No. 3, "Inaestimabile Donum," No. 20-22, and "Ecclesia de Eucharistia," No. 25).