Posted by: Christine | August 26, 2010

Catholic Double-Header

I had a great afternoon filled with the Holy Spirit in the Presence of Our Lord. How lucky I was to get to these two great parishes with great devotions. I highly recommend coming:

1. Afternoon/Evening Mass:

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Dix Hills is great for weekday Mass, both at 9am and 5:15pm. They have Eucharistic Adoration from 1pm-5pm weekdays as well. All of this is in the modern little chapel that has traditional touches, like the altar rail.  Today I arrived at the very end of Benediction, but usually I remember to get there early enough for some time to adore Our Lord.

2. Holy Hour & Fellowship:

At Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Valley Stream, Father Rob Ketcham runs a monthly Holy Hour called The Oratory.  First, there’s Exposition, then a  speaker, then Benediction, all with very nice, reverent, acoustic guitar music.  I wish there were some time for silent (or with meditative music) Adoration, though – that would be ideal.  However, it’s a great Holy Hour.  This month, Father Brian Barr, vocations director for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, gave a great talk about having the courage to live out the faith and toss aside things that don’t matter, opting instead to follow Christ wherever He leads you.  Although some of his talk clearly seemed to be part of his speech-for-young-men-considering-the-priesthood repertoire (ie, following Christ is an adventure/battle/fight for the good), his talk was filled with the Holy Spirit and I definitely was moved by it.  Also, there are opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance during/after Holy Hour, and I had a great confession (and some guidance) tonight.

After Holy Hour, there was fellowship in the school building.  This was a great chance to catch up with some of my new girlfriends, play some die-hard ping-pong, and eat lots of free junk food.  If anyone’s interested in coming to this Holy Hour, it usually is held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.  However, sometimes it is held at St. Rose of Lima parish in Massapequa.  E-mail me or call the parish if you’re not sure.

So, it only took me a year, but I’m getting the hang of being a young Catholic woman on Long Island.  I trust that Jesus has more in store for me and for you. God bless!

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