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"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest".                       Matthew 11:28

'Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light'. Mt 11:29-30



Winter/Spring 2000



Vol. 15, No. 1

The Eucharist in the New Millennium

The Church is celebrating with great festivity the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. The coming of the new millennium raises our hopes for a renewal of the world. Pope John Paul II has been looking forward to the new millennium with high hopes and much optimism. In his apostolic letter Tertlo Millennio Adveniente announcing preparations for the Jubilee, Pope John Paul II said "In fact, preparing for the Year 2000 has become the hermeneutical key of my Pontificate." He goes on to say that the immediate preparations for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 really began with the Second Vatican Council and that the Council was the beginning of a "new Advent" leading up to the Great Jubilee. lie foresees that with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God's mercy, the Jubilee will reunite the Church "as in a new Pentecost." He predicts that the Jubilee will open "a new era of evangelization and growth," He continually encourages us saying, "Do not be afraid and he tells us that "God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity."
       But a positive response from Christians is necessary for this to take place. In Tertio Mlllennio Adventiente the Holy Father said that a new springtime of Christian life will be revealed by the Great Jubilee "if Christians are docile to the action of the Holy Spirit " Elsewhere, the Holy Father said that we will experience a "new missionary age which will become a radiant day". in which the culture of death will be overcome if all Christians "respond with generosity and holiness." However, the Pope warned that without a return to truth and morality, "a new era of barbarism, rather than a springtime of hope, may well follow this century of tears [the 20th]."
       The new springtime, "which the Church confidently awaits," will occur "if Christian hearts are filled with new attitudes of humility, generosity and openness to purifying grace." Then the beginning of the new millennium "will be a great moment of transfiguration..., an exceptional event of grace.
       Pope John Paul II has declared that the year 2000 will be "intensely Eucharistic." This Eucharistic emphasis will be highlighted in an international Eucharistic Congress to be held in Rome in June. Elsewhere, it will be characterized by, among other things, increased adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. What better way is there then for a parish to celebrate the Jubilee than by starting perpetual Eucharistic adoration?
       The regular practice of Eucharistic adoration, which perpetual adoration fosters, must be at the root of our response. It enables us to respond to the Holy Father's call with "generosity and holiness." It fills our hearts with "new attitudes of humility, generosity and openness to purifying grace." It will prepare us for the "new evangelization" which wiil help to restore all things in Christ. Pope John Paul II, in a letter commemorating the 750th anniversary of the first celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi, made this powerful statement: "Through adoration the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the Gospel."
       In his encyclical letter on the Eucharist, Dominicae cenae, Pope John Paul II said: "May our adoration never cease." That is what perpetual adoration is: adoration that never ceases. So let us continue to work hard for the spread of perpetual adoration, so that our Holy Father's wish for perpetual adoration in every parish in the world may be fulfilled and that Christians of this millennium may witness the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharistic Reign of Christ.

Our New Look!

The Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Newsletter is taking on a new look for the new millennium.. The motif expresses the joy we experience by being in His presence in the Blessed Sacrament and looking forward to His Eucharistic Reign. In our new literature the color rose will predominate. Rose symbolizes joy. During Advent rose is worn on Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday) to symbolize the joy we experience as we anticipate the celebration of Christ's birth. During Lent the color rose is worn on Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday) to symbolize the joy we experience as we anticipate the celebration of Christ's resurrection. The Pink Sisters (Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration), whose apostolate is perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, wear a rose-colored tunic. Their founder chose rose to indicate the Holy Spirit and the joy of being with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
       In our new literature the colors gold and white will also be prominent. Gold reminds us that the Eucharist is our greatest treasure because it is Cod's gift of Himself. It is a "hidden" treasure because Jesus "hides" in the Sacred Host; yet it "unhidden" because Jesus is available in the Sacred Host for all to go to Him. White is the liturgical color of the Eucharist. It symbolizes the purity of the Sacred Victim in the Host.
       The Scripture verse that verbalizes our new motif is: "In thy presence there is fullness of joy" (Ps 16:11). It distinguishes our new line of PEA materials. Details on the new items we are offering can be found on the order form inside. We also have a new web site under construction at www.perpetualadoration.org.

The Eucharistic Reign in Scripture and Tradition

Where did the idea of a Eucharistic Reign of Christ come from? We started to hear much about it as the last millennium came to an end and the new one ushered in. Is is something mentioned only in private revelations? Is it a revamping of the heresy of Chiliasm, which states that Christ will reign physically on the earth for a literal thousand years before the end of time? Is it simply wishful thinking provoked by the sad state of the world? Why does the Holy Father have such high hopes for the new millennium, talking about a "new springtime of Christian life "? How is Rev. 20:1-5 to be interpreted?
       Fr. Joseph lannuzzi, OSJ sheds light on these questions in his book The Triumph of God's Kingdom in the Millennium and End Times: A Proper Bellef from the Truth in Scripture and Church Teachings (St. John the Evangelist Press: 222 S. Manoa Rd., Havertown, PA 19083, 1999). He argues from the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, from the Magisterium, and from Sacred Scripture that there will be a flowering of Christ's kingdom on earth which will last for a period of time, not necessarily a literal thousand years, during which Christ will reign gloriously on earth, not physically, but in the Eucharist. During this period he says that the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus will "cultivate in the faithful a spirit of intense adoration and worship never before seen." Perhaps the spread of perpetual adoration we are seeing is a sign of more to come!

APEA Activity in 1999

From January 1 to December 31, 1999 the priests of the Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration visited 105 host and support parishes to help start and maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration. The efforts of APEA resulted in the opening of 34 new, mostly perpetual, adoration chapels during that period. Also, seven Eucharistic missions were given.

25 WAYS TO SPEND AN HOUR WITH JESUS
By Eileen McCarthy; New London, CT

  1. Slowly read scripture until something hits you. Then listen.

  2. Say a rosary.

  3. Let God look at you.

  4. Tell Him something that made you happy. Then listen.

  5. Tell Him what you are afraid of. Then listen.

  6. Tell Him what angers you. Then listen.

  7. Speak about your loved ones.

  8. Pray for an enemy.

  9. Talk with Him about work.

  10. Sing a song for Him in your heart.

  11. Promise to trust Him.

  12. Imagine Mary sitting next to you and praying with you.

  13. Renew your loyalty to His Church.

  14. Lean on Him. Tell Him you love Him

  15. Thank Him for the Sacraments.

  16. Tell Him your failures. Ask for help. Then listen.

  17. Slowly recite the Beatitudes.

  18. Say one Our Father slowly.

  19. Say one Hail Mary slowly.

  20. Say the Creed slowly.

  21. Pray for vocations.

  22. Ask Him to show you the next step.

  23. Look at yourself. Count your gifts. Then thank Him.

  24. Pray for the world.

  25. Enjoy just being in His presence.

Come to Me

My child I'd like to bid you
To come and rest your head
To bring me all your problems
I'll give you peace instead

Come and shut the door on life
and look upon My face
Share with me your troubles
and I will give you grace

I'm waiting in the chapel
I'm there for you each day
A quiet peaceful heaven
For you to come and pray

So come to me My child
Come, be with Me, your Lord
Take time for Me in this life
So great is your reward.

Rita Zimmerman
Shoreview, MN

U.S. PARISH SUPPORTS PEA IN NIGERIA

In April 1997 APEA helped St. Michael's parish in Netcong, NJ to start perpetual adoration. Since then St. Michael's has reached out to promote perpetual adoration in Africa. They heard of our priest in Nigeria, Fr. Fabian Eke, M.S.S., who promotes PEA in his home archdiocese of Onitsha. Fr. Fabian has dedicated his priesthood to help founding 100 PEA chapels there. The adorers at St. Michael's were so impressed by what they heard that they contacted Fr. Fabian and began collecting funds to help him out. A chapel cost approximately $1000. They raised enough money for two chapels, one of which they adopted as a sister chapel. Fr. Fabian toured the U.S. in 1998. His visited St. Michael's to thank the people there and to give a boost to their PEA program. Please pray for the continued success of Fr. Fabian's work in Nigeria.

INDULGENCES FOR ADORATION AND ROSARY

APEA received the following inquiry: "I read ... that in the new Canon a plenary indulgence is granted for recitation of the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament. Do you know where I can find a reference for this?"
       Reply: Following are pertinent passages from The Handbook of Indulgences: Norms and Grants (Catholic Book Publishing Co.; New York, l991):
       "A partial indulgence is granted the Christian faithful when they visit the Blessed Sacrament for the purpose of adoration. When this is done for at least half an hour, the indulgence is a plenary one" (No. 3).
       "A plenary indulgence is granted when the rosary is recited in a church or oratory ... (No. 48). The article goes on to state that for the indulgence to apply "five decades must be recited without interruption" and "devout meditation on the mysteries is to be added to the vocal prayer.
       "Besides the exclusion of all attachments to sin, even venial sin, the requirements for gaining a plenary indulgence are the performance of the indulgenced work and fulfillment of three conditions: sacramental confession, eucharistic communion, and prayer for the pope's intentions" (Norm 23- 1).

PEA SPREADING FAST IN ARCHDIOCESE

For the past few years APEA has been kept busy fulfilling requests to help start perpetual adoration in parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Holy Spirit is at work there generating a lot of enthusiasm for Eucharistic adoration. Currently there are 19 parishes with perpetual adoration, 3 with near- perpetual adoration (5 or 6 days around the clock), two plan to start PEA in the spring and two more in the fall.
       The success of PEA is due in a large part to the efforts of Jim Keating and Peggy Powell. Peggy is still working hard promoting PEA in the archdiocese. Jim has gone off to his reward. Please remember him in your prayers.

Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament
P.O. Box 1428 • Bensalem, Pa 19020
Tel: 215.244.9211 • Fax: 215.244.9211
Email: apea@webtv.net