Sydney Parish to Run Information Session on Making the Most of Adoration

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
14 Jan 2016

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP with Father Eduardo and servers from St Joachim's at a parish event last year

At the commencement of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, St Joachim's Parish at Lidcombe launched Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the first such initiative for the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a devotion whereby members of a parish or other community unite in volunteering to spend time in prayer, worship and adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist continually throughout the day and night, 7 days per week.

Now, one month later, the Sydney parish has already seen a remarkable number of faithful travelling from all over the Archdiocese in order to make the most of this special initiative during the Year of Mercy.

In recent weeks, the Perpetual Adoration has also provided an opportunity for Sydneysiders to pray around the clock for Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP as he recovers from Guillain-Barré Syndrome in St Vincent's Hospital.

"It has been very satisfying to see so many people come before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for their Archbishop," says Father Eduardo.

"Many people, young and old, families and individuals from around the parish and our Archdiocese are simply turning up to adore the Lord," he said, adding that the parish community hopes the Perpetual Adoration will see an increase in growth for the Love of our Lord and a greater appreciation of being in His presence.

With so much interest in Perpetual Adoration, St Joachim's Parish is inviting those who would like to learn more about this Catholic devotion to take part in a one day session on how to the make the most of Adoration in this Year of Mercy on Saturday 30 January at the Lidcombe parish.

Run by Father Hugh Thomas CSSR, the event will include reflections on the wonder of the Eucharist and the remarkable fruits of Adoration, as well as a session on how to pray in Adoration. The day will also include Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as time for silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

The day will also provide another opportunity for the Archdiocese of Sydney to come together in prayer for the recovery of Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.

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All are invited to a session on how to the make the most of Adoration in this Year of Mercy.