14 May 2008

Some Good News

Well, lest you think I'm just a bad news-mongerer... I wanted to share some good news now that I have some (and the time to share it!)

April was a particularly good month for St. Augustine's Catholic Church. The Catholic Student Fellowship held its weekend retreat April 11-13 and it was awesome! The theme of the retreat was spiritual freedom and the Eucharist. There were talks on God's mercy and Confession, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, and so much more. Mass was offered on all three days, and there was overnight Eucharistic Adoration! Adoration is an amazing experience with the Lord. I definitely recommend making a holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament if you can. In the chapel there were no distractions, which allowed for quiet prayer in front of Jesus. What a blessing!

The fruits of the retreat were soon evident after returning to Gainesville. Thank you Fathers Gillespie, Mesa, and Eseke for coming out to hear confessions and say Mass, and thank you to Deacon Zmuda for your talk on Mother Mary! Also many thanks to all the CSF organizers. Two Catholic snaps for y'all. Once we got back to Gainesville, we were all experiencing a litlte Adoration-withdrawl. So Chas, Jamey, and some others worked to organize extended Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Usually, St. A's has Adoration every last Thursday of the month for one hour. The students organized a Facebook group for promoting overnight Adoration and over 80 people joined! So with Miss Letty and Father Gillespie's approval, we were able to have overnight Adoration on the 24th! It was just beautiful... seeing so many people in the middle of the night worshipping our Lord!
"My Jesus! What a lovable contrivance this holy Sacrament was - that You would hide under the appearance of bread to make Yourself loved and to be available for a visit by anyone who desires You!" - St. Alphonsus Ligouri
"We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day." - St. Francis de Sales
"Today solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is the grace and need of our time. Society will be restored and renewed when all its members group themselves around our Emmanuel." - St. Peter Julian Eymard
In the intervening week between the retreat and the night-long exposition, Father Tony celebrated Mass in a manner probably not seen at St. Augustine's in several years. Aided by Dr. Edward Schaefer and his schola, Father sung a Mass completely in Gregorian chant. The schola chanted the Propers in Latin, while the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei were chanted in Latin (well the Kyrie was in Greek, of course) by the schola and the congregation. Father Tony chanted his prayers in English, and the readings were chanted by Cliff Whitty in English. Though it was a bit awkward for the congregation, we managed pretty well considering the vast majority had not seen this music in 40 years if at all. It was a beautiful expression of the tradition of the Church. Hopefully we will see more of it this upcoming school year.
Laudetur Iesus Christus - Praised be Jesus Christ.

P.S. Thanks to Raul Fernandez for the pictures


Blogger Cliff Notes said...

Laudetur Iesus Christus nunc et semper!

May 15, 2008 9:57 AM  

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