The Body and Blood of Christ

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“Abide in Me” ~ John 15

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament transforms our hearts and parishes because it allows us to be with Jesus. Jesus is the Eucharist and the Eucharist is Life for us.   In order to have Jesus in the Eucharist, we must have priests; not just from our Archdiocese, but from our Parish. What better way to pray for vocations than to spend time with our Lord, the Great High Priest, and ask for our needs.

With the addition of the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel at St. Mary’s Church, you now have the option to adore the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s or Sacred Heart 24 hour. We invite you to continue your current hour at either location. If things have gotten busy for you and your hour has fallen by the wayside, re-energize your prayer life by re-committing to an hour. We are asking adorers to sign in again during their hour. You may choose to use initials instead of your full name if you would like. For questions about scheduling, signing up for an hour, or for nighttime access please contact the parish office.

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“They were all gathered in one place…”

Here is a great post from Steve Ray about the Solemnity of Pentecost. Come Holy Spirit, come! Come into our hearts, families, neighborhoods, parish, country, and the entire world. Come and lead us into all truth!

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Your presence is greatly desired!

School is ending and folks are making the transition to summer. On Saturday, June 13th, Archbishop Lucas is celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the completion of the Renewal Year. Mass begins at 10 am with lunch to follow. Please let us know if you want to join in the meal.

Here are the priests who will be joining us:

Fr. Jeff Lorig, Fr. Ross Burkhalter, Fr. Gary Ostrander, Fr. Joe Taphorn, Fr. Doug Scheinhost, Fr. Harry Buse, Fr. Dave Belt

Let’s fill our beautified church and celebrate God’s life together!

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Catholic have been practicing Novenas for centuries. A novena (from the Latin “novem”, meaning nine) is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or make special petitions.

Novena’s are derived from Holy Scripture. In the New Testament, our Lord give the apostles the Great Commission (Matthew 28:20) and then tells them to return to Jerusalem to await the Holy Spirit. Nine days later the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost.

Therefore, the Novena to the Holy Spirit is one of the most important. Jesus ascended to heaven so that the Advocate, The Holy Spirit, would come to us. This promised Spirit is the one who leads us into all truth. We can never welcome the Holy Spirit enough! Let’s join together in offering this novena so that the many gifts of the Holy Spirit will settle upon our parish, our families, our community, and our hearts.

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You are Invited!

Please join Archbishop Lucas, former priests, guests, and Sacred Heart Parishioners for Mass and lunch celebrating the Renewal of St. Mary’s Church. Please RSVP if you are joining us for lunch. There is no need to RSVP for Mass.

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Come Holy Spirit

You are invited to attend a couple great events coming up:

The first is ABLAZE on May 17. This is an hour of worship and praise before the Blessed Sacrament.

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The seconod is a Mini-Retreat on Life in the Holy Spirit with Jackie Sempek and myself on Saturday, May 23rd, the vigil of Pentecost. We will begin with Holy Mass in Bl. Chiara Oratory at 8 am followed by coffee and rolls, teaching, and a time for prayer. Jackie is an employee of Broomtree Retreat Center near Irene, South Dakota. She is very eager to share some pointers on how to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. All adults and teens are welcome. We will have you on your way by noon. This a great way to prepare for Pentecost.