Our Parish Forty Hour Devotion in honor of our Patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose Feast Day is August 14th.

The Forty Hour Devotion will begin after 7PM Mass on Thursday, August 9th in the East Pembroke COTTAGE. There will be continuous Adoration until Saturday, August 11th at 11:30AM with Benediction and closing Mass at Noon.  Please sign up to spend at least one hour with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Our Savior and King. The sign-up sheets are in the back of each church. We ask that our parishioners commit to certain times to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended. All timeslots must be filled. Confessions will be available on Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm and on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9PM in the East Pembroke Church.

What is the Forty Hours of Devotion? The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament day and night in continuity, during which time people take turns uninterruptedly in adoration. What can I expect during an hour of Devotion? Sometimes we can be intimidated to go to Adoration. It is not because we fear being with Jesus in prayer but rather we have never been taught what to do in an extended period of prayer. Is it alright to read, pray a Rosary, or reflect upon the Scriptures? Or do I have to sit there – not moving or making a sound, staring at a gold monstrance with a Host inside? While visiting our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, we can pray in a variety of different ways. You may come and pray the rosary, the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours, meditate, read scripture or the life of a saint and pray with him/her (perhaps St. Maximilian Kolbe), pour your heart out to Christ and adore him, ask for forgiveness and intercede for others or just spend some quiet time with our Lord.

The Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole.  In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever.

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