Dear Friends in Christ,
The parish celebration of Forty Hours, Sunday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 3, is a time when the parish takes a mini-retreat, slows down, and comes together in prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to reflect on the gift of the Lord’s presence among us, to thank him for the many blessings received, and to entrust our lives and work more fully to him. This year, this time of prayer is especially needed as we continue to struggle with the Coronavirus pandemic and our nation holds a general election on November 3, 2020. I ask that as a parish we pray especially for those who are experiencing loss and hardship due to the pandemic, those who have died as a result of the Coronavirus, and for blessings upon the election and peace in our country.
Forty Hours is also when we commemorate and celebrate St. Charles Borromeo, our parish patron, whose feast day is November 4. Any scheduled meeting of a parish organization or ministry over these days of Forty Hours should be used for its members to attend Forty Hours as a group and participate in the evening devotions that take place at 7:00 each evening. I also encourage each parish ministry and organization to “sponsor” an hour of adoration sometime during the Forty Hours so that its members and the parish community as a whole can pray specifically for the intentions and work of the ministry. Please sign up using the sheets posted in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at the conclusion of the 12:00 p.m. Spanish Mass on Sunday, Nov. 1 and continue until Benediction at 8:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, exposition will begin at the conclusion of the 6:45 a.m. Mass and continue until Benediction at 8:00 p.m.
This year our guest homilist will be Fr. Lawrence Kozak. Ordained to the priesthood in 2004, Fr. Kozak was a contemporary of mine and has been a good friend since seminary days. Fr. Kozak is the pastor of St. Thomas More parish in South Coventry, PA. He is also is an Adjunct Faculty member of the School of Theological Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Fr. Kozak is a gifted homilist whom I am sure all will enjoy.
Please take this opportunity of Forty Hours to spend some time in quiet prayer with Jesus. I ask for your prayers for me and the intentions of our parish community and promise to carry your intentions with me these days. I am most grateful for your presence, prayers, and support.
Sincerely in Christ,