Following an initiative started last year, Pope Francis has called for an observance of 24 Hours for the Lord, to be observed throughout the world on the 13th/14th March. He asks that during this time, churches be open, and that Eucharistic adoration be made available, and that priests be available to hear confessions. The Holy Father desires that the Sacrament of Reconciliation be placed at the centre of the Church’s mission of the new evangelization. The theme for this year’s observance is “God Rich in Mercy” (Ephesians 2:4).
In order to observe the Holy Father’s request, we plan to offer the following: we will follow our normal Saturday morning schedule at Mary Immaculate on March 14th [slightly altered]: 7:00am Exposition & Confessions; 7:30am Rosary; 8:00am Mass. Following Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance, and exposition will continue all day until 5:00pm, at which time the day’s prayer will be concluded with Benediction. One of the priests will be available for confession all day (i.e. from after the 8:00am Mass until approximately 4:45pm).
In order for us to remain in the confessional, we will need people to take turns in adoring before the Blessed Sacrament, so that Our Lord is never left unattended. Please see below for the half-hours already signed-up for (indicated by the black):
If you can sign-on for any time during the day, to keep watch before Our Lord, please send Father Adrian an email at firstname.lastname@example.org There is also a sign-on sheet for Adoration at the back of Mary Immaculate church.
Let’s pray that God will draw people to Himself through this initiative, that we may come to know more deeply the richness of His mercy. It might be a good day to mark your diary so that you can make your Lenten confession in preparation for Easter. A sheet to help you with an examination of conscience before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance can be found at the back of the church.