EUCHARISTIC PRAYER VIGIL INTERCEDING FOR BISHOPS’ MEETING IN ROME
REGARDING THE CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL AND COVER UP
FEBRUARY 21 TO 24, AT ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE PARISH, LEWES, DE
The bishops who preside over all of the Church’s 114 Episcopal Conferences and 21 Eastern Rite synods, councils, and assemblies will gather in Rome from Thursday, February 21, through Sunday, February 24, to prayerfully work toward what the Vatican describes as “the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”
During the four days of the bishops’ deliberations, St. Jude the Apostle Parish will keep vigil in prayer before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament – before the High Priest and Head of His Body the Church - invoking Him to send His Spirit upon the successors of His Apostles that they might, by His light and leading, see what they must do - and do it: Reprove the perpetrators and enablers of this egregious evil, root out and rectify its causes, and heal Christ’s Body of its grievous consequences. We earnestly invite all who share in this concern about so dreadful a scourge upon Holy Mother Church to join in this entreaty to the Lord, whether or not you are an assigned St. Jude adorer or parishioner.
Following is the schedule of the vigil, which will take place in St. Jude’s chapel across the parking lot from the church at 140 Tulip Drive (right at the main entrance to the parish campus). There will be sign up sheets in both the church vestibule and the back of the chapel for those who wish to commit to a particular hour of prayer, but participants should feel completely free to join in the vigil at any time around the clock and for as many times as they might feel led.
- On Thursday, February 21, 7 pm, the vigil will begin with a holy hour in observation of the opening of the bishops’ congress, starting with Benediction and followed by a pastoral talk, communal prayer, and silent prayer in the Real Presence of Jesus.
- From Thursday, February 21, 8 pm, through Saturday, February 23, 12 noon, all of the scheduled hours of adoration, day and night, will be dedicated to silent prayer in supplication to the Eucharistic Lord that God’s will be accomplished at the bishops’ convocation. This quiet time of prayer will not preempt the attendance or co-opt the worship of regularly scheduled adorers, but offer them a special intention for, and thereby complement, their adoration. Assigned adorers, therefore, should keep their scheduled hours as usual.
- On Sunday, February 24, 12 noon (right after the 10:30 am Mass) - coinciding with the close of the bishops’ meeting – our vigil will end as it began, with Benediction, a pastoral sharing, common prayer, and silent adoration of Jesus exposed in the Eucharist.
Let us pray together in faith and hope that this gathering of the leaders of the Catholic hierarchy will be graced by God to have a decisive, a transformative, impact upon the life of the Church, for her purification and restoration in this present crisis. The bishops must do their part – and we ours. Prayer in faith, Jesus said, can move a mountain. Face-to-face prayer before the Living Christ can surely move a body of bishops.
Mission Statement: We, the members of St. Jude The Apostle Parish, are committed to living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and following the teaching of the Catholic Church. As the People of God, we recognize the universal call to holiness, rooted in Baptism and nourished by the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. We act in charity and justice as a visible sign of our mission to be a house of welcome and a place of service to all.
Closed for Lunch from 12 PM to 1 PM
Come join St. Jude’s Garden Committee At the Philadelphia Flower Show
On Friday, March 8, 2019
This year’s theme is “FLOWER POWER” The Power of Flowers
Tickets are $65.00 and includes show, ticket, bus fare, and driver tip.
For reservations, please call Jean Stewart at 302-644-2890, Monday-Tuesday, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm,
Wednesday-Thursday, 8:30 am -12 Noon.
Bus will depart from St. Jude’s parking lot in Front of Christian Formation Center at 11 AM and return time here
About 8:00 PM
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