Every weekend at All Saints, we celebrate the Mass with hundreds of people. What a blessing!
And yet, I’m forced to wonder…
Do we know what we are doing?
As we come before the altar, do we really know what we are part of?
Even though this has been our practice in Gladstone for over a hundred years, does something happen at our Mass today, that shapes our lives?
Do people at Mass experience the Holy Eucharist as “heaven on earth,” or is it just a lovely ritual to them?
Does the celebration of our Mass form our daily lives, or does it simply sooth our conscience, knowing that we are doing what is expected of “good Catholics?”
And what about the members of our Catholic family who are not here with us? Is the Eucharist still something they know about, wonder about, or even desire?
All these questions are very real. And believe me, the answers are life changing. Understanding the Eucharist better, embracing, and living it… absolutely makes our lives better. So let’s get to it.
Join us for “Draw Near,”
a preaching series at All Saints Church in Gladstone, centered on the Holy Eucharist.
At all the weekend Masses throughout the month of October, I’ll be giving special homilies, not just explaining the Eucharist, but also discussing why the Eucharist is so critical to our lives, offering practical ways to deepen Eucharistic faith… for us and our families.
The preaching will be personal and engaging, geared toward adults, college students, and teens. It’s for Catholic visitors and those of other faith traditions, people who come to Mass every week and those who don’t get to Mass very often. Everyone is welcome.
It’s a great time to be part of All Saints. And the good news is… there’s a place for you.
-Fr. Jamie Ziminski