“24 Hours for The Lord” spawned from Pope Francis’s call to the entire church to spend time with the Lord in his Eucharistic Presence as part of the Year of Mercy. St. Apollinaris has responded to that call by offering this opportunity to parishioners each and every month. It is a 24 hour period of time spanning the first Friday and Saturday of each month during which Jesus in the Eucharist is on display in the church for parishioners to come and adore their Creator, spend silent time in prayer and reflection, and to lay the stresses and burdens of life at His feet.
It begins on the first Friday of the month following 8:45 am mass and ends just prior to the 8:45 am mass on Saturday morning. Anyone is invited to come and stay for as long as they can or desire to, however because we cannot leave Jesus alone during that time, we ask for volunteers to commit to one hour throughout the 24 hour period. A request for volunteers is generally made in the Sunday Bulletin the weekend prior and a sign-up sheet is available in the Vestibule area throughout the week before.
Father in Heaven, we come before you as beloved members of the Body of Christ.
We are grateful for the abundant blessings you have bestowed on our parish and we praise you for the movement of your grace in the lives of our parishioners.
We humbly ask for your guidance as we seek to know and do your will, to worship you as you desire to be adored, to care for our fellow parishioners in their spiritual and physical needs, to provide a parish school and religious education program which authentically transmit the Catholic faith and lead the children to your Son, and to bring the person of Jesus to the wider community in word and deed, especially in the form of vocations.
Heal us of our pride so that we may accept your Word.
Heal us of our disobedience so that we may be good stewards of the Gospel.
Fill us with your Spirit to embolden our faith, hope, and charity.
Fill our priests, deacons, and religious with courage and comfort.
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Apollinaris, grant us the Mercy for which we thirst and the grace to be true imitators of Christ.