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Eucharistic Adoration Committee Homily

Text of homily preached at Mass in St James’ Church, Charlestown to launch recently trained Diocesan Team to oversee and develop Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese of Achonry.


The rulers, elders and scribes were astonished at the assurance shown by Peter and John, considering they were uneducated laymen”, the first Reading today tells us.

After that,  in the Gospel, we find that when Mary of Magdala told the disciples that Jesus had appeared to her, “they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him”.

Neither did the rest of the apostles believe their two companions who said they had met Jesus on the road.

Incredulity and obstinacy” the Gospel today tells us, is what Jesus himself encountered in the eleven. And yet – to these doubting, unbelieving and obstinate men he entrusted his entire mission:

Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation!”

People who were considered “uneducated laymen”!

There is a depth and a mystery here that is worth pondering. And particularly in the light of what we are doing here today, what we are beginning: the commissioning of a Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee, made up entirely of laymen and women.

Pope Francis never ceases to emphasise that the mission of the Church is not, and never has been that of Clergy and Religious only. It is entrusted to ALL believers.

Declaring one person ‘better’ or more ‘elevated’ than another is not in Jesus’ way of seeing things. We don’t all have the same mission. But we all have THE mission and we are ALL missionaries. Like Mary of Magdala, we are called to share the Good News, our own experience of faith, what we have heard and seen.

You are people who have come to a deep appreciation of the Holy Eucharist. You’ve come to love silence and adoration, spending time before the Blessed Sacrament. You are now assuming responsibility for this practice throughout our parishes with the blessing of the diocese and the Bishop. What you love is your gift and is now your mission. ‘How much children and young people long to be led into reverence, and to stillness’, a secondary school teacher said to me recently. And it is so critical that we do lead people to stillness and reverence, to adoration: it will redress the balance in a world where there is far too much careless exploitation of people and of mother earth. All that the church stands for and that Jesus stands for has much to do with reverence and respect: looking at, marveling and enjoying, never just using or consuming. The utilitarian attitude is destroying people and our world. Everything we stand for as Christians and as Church particularly in the matter of caring for the sick and disabled, and in the teaching we propose on sexuality, human relationships, and fidelity – all of these are entirely connected to the attitude of reverence and respect which Jesus proposes. This is the attitude Eucharistic Adoration nurtures. It was never so badly needed in the world.

The Holy Eucharist is foundational and central to the Christian scheme of things. It is the summit and the source of all Christian life, as the Second Vatican Council pointed out. You are people who have come to appreciate this. And so you are men and women of prayer, contemplation and adoration. As members of this committee, committed to Eucharistic Adoration, you do yourselves what you show to others and will now lead them to, please God, all over our diocese.  Eucharistic Adoration has the power to transform our diocese, our parishes and our homes, too, and all our relationships.

And as you adore, please pray for vocations. We need the priesthood, if we are to have the Eucharist and if the deep longing for Eucharist which lives in the hearts of all true believers is to be satisfied.

Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Team

On Saturday, April 22nd, Bishop Brendan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass in St James’ Church, Charlestown.  The gathering was to commission and celebrate a new Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Co-Ordination Team, made up of people from parishes throughout the diocese who have, for a number of months, been in preparation for this day and the ministry to follow.

In his homily, Bishop Brendan spoke of the importance of gathering in the Eucharistic Presence to draw strength and peace.  He spoke of the role of all people in sharing this crucial message for our time.  Mentioning Mary who pondered the Lord’s word during his visit to the family home, he said that the role of the listener is key to deepening our understanding of and relationship with The Lord.


BACKGROUND:

A group of  lay people, sent as delegates by parishes throughout the diocese of Achonry, has been in formation and training during the past three months, as part of the development of a Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee.

This was organised and conducted by Brendan Cleary and John Howard of the national committee of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, at the invitation of Bishop Brendan Kelly, and with the support of the priests of the diocese.

The Diocesan Committee was commissioned at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Kelly, and assisted by Mgr Thomas Johnston, PP and Monsignor John Doherty, PE on Saturday 22nd April  2017  in the Church of  St James, Charlestown.

This adoration committee is equipped and trained to set up a system of viable weekly adoration in any parish of the diocese, subject to the invitation of parish priests. Where a previous system of adoration exists, then the task undertaken will be to strengthen and expand it.

Very promptly, approximately one third of parishes of the diocese have requested a future weekend presentation, or renewal, from one of the diocesan teams, at a date to be agreed. It is expected that there will be a great uptake from still more parishes of the diocese in the weeks ahead, and contact teams are now available to respond to parishes as they make contact:

CHAIRPERSON: James Grimes, Charlesown Road, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.

SECRETARY: Anne Grady, Barleyhill,  Bohola,  Claremorris, Co. Mayo.


Eucharistic Adoration Diocesan Committee

On Saturday, February 11th, there was a preliminary meeting to establish a Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee. The gathering was in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Charelestown, Co. Mayo.

The diocese was well represented at this meeting and the training of this committee will take place over the coming weeks.

We wish all involved every blessing as they embark upon this Spiritual Journey and express gratitude to Brendan Cleary and John Howard who were “inspirational” in their presentation on Saturday.

Speaking about this initiative Bishop Brendan says:

The practice of Eucharistic Adoration has been growing in the parishes of our diocese for the past number of years. This has been happening at the same time as traditional practice of the faith has been in decline (Mass attendance dropping, etc.), and it is a great blessing.

However, like every aspect of living our Catholic faith, we need to ensure that constant renewal and deepening occurs in this practice. For us Catholics the Holy Eucharist is the most sacred reality and is at the heart of our faith. It is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in our midst and it is the source and summit of our Christian life and faith. So it is appropriate, good and essential that we take the utmost care of this most sacred and holy inheritance from Jesus himself.

The Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee will be given this sacred trust. So training and preparation for taking care of the practice of Eucharistic Adoration and of its promulgation amongst the faithful is necessary. I have no doubt God’s blessing will be upon all those who will come and participate in the upcoming six training sessions.


See below for details of Training Sessions.


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