I hope you are having a good week. We look forward to another great Forty Hours Weekend on March 29th-31st here at Saint Timothy’s. Again, for those who do not know, this is a weekend of special prayer and adoration, as we come together on the weekend of Laetare Sunday in the season of Lent to pray, to spend time with the Lord, to grow in our faith, to celebrate the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist, to pray individually, pray communally, to bring our own needs and the needs of others to the Lord, and simply to be in the presence of the Lord. We will bring the Eucharist, Jesus present in the consecratd host, from the chapel to the main church. People can feel free to stop by and visit just for a few minutes of prayer or spend most of their weekend there.
I will write more about the weekend soon and there will be many opportunities for communal prayer and growing in your faith. In this post, I’d like to highlight the three major speakers and events.
Our Forty Hours Devotion will begin formally on Friday evening at 8:00 PM. We will expose the Eucharist on the main altar in the church at 8:00 PM. Monsignor Callaghan will give a special presentation that evening, as we open our devotion. Most of you know Monsignor Callaghan, as he helps here on the weekends now, and he is the former Rector of the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul. We are blessed to have him opening our weekend with a short presentation and then time for prayer before the Eucharist.
On Saturday, among other prayer opportunities, we are excited to welcome Heidi Indahl. She will give a presentation at 10:00 AM entitled “Pursued: Suffering and the Sacred Heart of Jesus” and another presentation at 2:00 PM entitled “Healing: Not Always What We Expect.” Heidi comes highly recommended. She is a contributor at “Peanut Butter and Grace: Catholic Family Life Sweet and Simple.” There is a link to full website here. More information about her can be found here. She is the author of “Blessed Is the Fruit of the Womb, Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss”. We look forward to welcoming her as she speaks to us about healing, suffering, and the sacred heart of Jesus.
In addition to other events throughout the weekend, the Forty Hours Devotion will close with a special Mass at 4:00 PM with Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt from the Diocese of Hartford, Connecticut. Bishop Betancourt served at the Saint Paul Seminary as a professor of Scripture and the Vice Rector in addition to serving as a pastor in Saint Paul. He was just ordained a bishop on October 18, 2018. This Mass will, of course, fulfill your Sunday obligation. It should be a beautiful Mass and celebration. After the Mass, there will be a reception at the school, hosted by the Saint Timothy’s CCW.
There will be many other events and activities throughout the weekend but I wanted to share these special events for now. We hope to see many of you come to the church throughout this weekend as a mini-retreat or time of prayer and growing in the faith. As always, I’m grateful for the parish advisory council for all of their hard work behind the scenes in putting on this event, and I’m grateful for the CCW in hosting the reception and all others who help with the prayer opportunities and more. See you in church in a special way on the weekend of March 29th-31st. You will see a full schedule of the weekend in the bulletin soon and will hear more about it in the days and weeks ahead.