Thursday, June 11, 2009

Friday, June 12: "Cor Jesu" Chapel at St. Margaret Mary Parish (Cumberland)

Last evening, seminarian Matt Chojna drove me out to St. Margaret Mary Parish, Cumberland for the dedication of the Cor Jesu Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, which has been in operation around eight years, under the inspiration of the late Father James (Jim) Whelan and, since his death, his successor Father Daryll Kennedy.

There is a large contingent of francophone Catholics in the parish and while it is no longer bilingual (but English-speaking with readings and prayers in French as circumstances warrant and the capacity of the ministers allows), the celebration of St. Barnabas, the Apostle was fully bilingual, which pleased the large number of visitors.

The need for priestly vocations (as well as those to consecrated life) is great, so we have determined to storm heaven with regular prayer at Mass for priestly vocations. This lead the adorers to determine to devote themselves to this priestly intention, and parishioners prepared a new sign to indicate this intent (cf. photo).

There was a great deal of socializing, as those who participate in Eucharistic Adoration 24/7 come from neighbouring parishes such as Sainte Trinite and St. Edith Stein (Rockland), Sainte Marie and Divine Infant (Orleans), Good Shepherd (Blackburn Hamlet), Annunciation of the Lord (Gloucester)--to mention only the most prominent names I came up with in my informal polling of those rejoincing at the social.

May the Lord heed our prayers and send us zealous and holy priests, sisters and brothers.

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