Join us as we pray in solidarity with Bishop Reed (PIHA Board Member) for an evening of prayer and penance in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Reed is offering up 24 hours of public prayer and penance in response to the recent scandals in the Church. His recent letter to parishioners is making its way around the web (see below).
Stop by between 7PM - 10PM at St. Ann Parish in Wayland, MA and join Pure in Heart to pray for the victims and our Church. We know people will be traveling from work and from different regions of MA. Please stop in when you can.
Letter to Parishioners by Bishop Reed
A couple years ago, on a Monday morning, I was informed that I had been named a bishop. When I accepted, I was conscious of the fact that, I also would have to accept whatever the future held with a complete openness to God’s will; much like in a marriage, or when I was ordained a priest.
These days, I find myself deeply disturbed by what is happening in the Church. I know the bishops must act decisively and that the action needs to be thorough, transparent, professional and in cooperation with competent laypeople. But still, I ask the question: what can I do?
All I know is that I can pray and do penance. To that end, and as your pastor, I commit myself to a full day and night of public penance.
On Monday, September 24, 2018, I will celebrate the 9 o’clock Mass in Saint Ann Church as I usually do. Following that Mass I will expose the Blessed Sacrament and remain there in prayer and fasting until the next morning, concluding this period of prayer and penance with the celebration of the 9:00 am Mass on Tuesday.
All throughout this period, the church will remain open. You are most welcome to join me in prayer for a few minutes or for a full hour. In fact, I would welcome your presence as I do the only things I know to do in the face of evil; prayer and penance.