Saint Teresa of Calcutta
“Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration.”
Praying in the presence of the Lord
“This is my body.” “This is the chalice of my blood.” The power of Christ’s words was not limited to the night before his death. At every celebration of the Eucharist, we hear them again, and through the mystery of this great sacrament, Christ comes among his people under the appearance of bread and wine.
From the earliest days, deacons of the Church took the consecrated bread (the Blessed Sacrament) to be received by those members of the community too ill to be present at the celebration. The practice of reserving the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle for distribution to the sick followed naturally from this practice. St. Pius maintains this tradition. Over the centuries, Christians experienced the spiritual fruit that comes from “wasting time with the Lord” — time spent in prayer in his presence in our Catholic Churches. St. Pius Church is open and available for quiet prayer in the presence of our Lord each weekday.
Adoration and Benediction
Here at St. Pius we also expose the Blessed Sacrament for a time of personal and communal prayer in our downstairs Chapel each Friday following our 8:00 am Mass. You are welcome to drop in for some quiet time with the Lord until this time of prayer concludes at 3:00 pm with Benediction — a short communal prayer including a blessing given by the priest with the Blessed Sacrament.