I pray this finds you and your loved ones well and safe during this time of pandemic. We have been and will continue to keep you in our heartfelt prayers before our Eucharistic Lord. Let us pray to St Catherine of Siena whose feast day was yesterday, April 29 and who is with us and will indeed intercede for us and let us take her as a model on this journey toward heaven.
St. Manuel felt called to the priesthood at the age of 12. After his ordination in 1901, he was sent to preach at a church which he found to be unclean and abandoned. There, praying before a Tabernacle covered in dust and cobwebs, with torn altar cloths and oil dripping onto the floor from the sanctuary lamp, he decided to dedicate his life to providing for Jesus’ needs in the Tabernacle. This poor, abandoned Tabernacle taught the young priest more about the Love of Jesus than his years of theological study. It marked his entire life from that moment. He dedicated himself until his death to spreading devotion to the Eucharist, proclaiming these words which he would go on to choose for his epitaph: “Jesus is here! He is here! Do not abandon Him!” This saintly bishop will help you to receive Holy Communion more fervently and to love Jesus more deeply in Eucharistic Adoration. This book will awaken you to a new experience of Our Lord — that you may see, hear, love, and console “Love who is not loved.”
This morning we were overjoyed to receive the news of the new Bishop for Rockville Centre Diocese – Bishop John Barres. We give thanks to God for the faithful service of Bishop William Murphy and his kindness in welcoming our community to the diocese.
Below is a recent interview from EWTN where Bishop Barres speaks about objective truth, authentic ecumenism, the new evangelization and the power of the Mass. He also shares a very moving account of his call to the holy priesthood.