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Be in the Presence of Jesus: On Easter Day some of Jesus' disciples who knew of his suffering and death on the cross just two days prior, were walking and talking and probably lamenting over the horrific crucifixion of the person they thought was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. They were on their way to Emmaus, a town some seven miles distant from Jerusalem. The resurrected Jesus caught up with them, "but their eyes were kept from recognizing him." (Lk 24:16) They told Jesus of the great prophet who had been delivered up to death, and that even now his body was not in the tomb where his disciples had laid him. They did not undrstand.
Jesus therefore explained to them all the prophecies concerning the Messiah and how he was to suffer and all the mysteries that related to him and their hearts were "burning" inside them at his words and presence. Then Jesus, "took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight." (Lk 24:30-31).
The Eucharist is an eye-opener! It is in the Eucharist that Catholics most recognize Jesus here on earth. It is important to note that St. Luke in his gospel states that the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread and not in the "bread" itself. This is because the bread was no longer mere bread but the same Body of Christ that the Lord fed his Apostles at The Last Supper. This post-Easter encounter on the way to Emmaus was a training session in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus the physical person vanished, however Jesus the Holy Eucharist remained! It is in the blessing and breaking - the consecration of the bread into the Body of Christ - that the Church was expected to recognize Jesus until his Second Coming.
It takes grace and faith to recognize Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. In the Eucharist, one's eyes are kept from recognizing him, however one's mind and heart and soul burns in recognition. Catholics must pray fervently for this grace and the grace of Adoration, and the best place to do this is before the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
Come to the parish church of St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet and pray before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is only in doing so that you will come to greater understanding by being in the Real Presence of Jesus, just as the men on their way to Emmaus recognized Jesus, only after he vanished from their sight, in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Parish Rosary CD is available for $5.00.
Copies are available at the parish office.
It is also sold on iTunes.
You can click on image and play the Rosary from this site.
Got Evening Prayer? We do! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening in the parish church beginning at 6:30pm & concluding before 7:00pm. Please look for more information about Evening Prayer under the above home page heading: Parish Life & Liturgy
The church is open for prayer every day. Please call the office at 508 - 995 - 7600 if you require use of our wheel-chair lift.
Our Parish Lenten Mission: is complete. We thank Father George McGinnis of the Fathers of Mercy for an excellent 5 day presentation that concluded with Holy Mass and a break from our Lenten fast on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. We thank St. Joseph for his appeal to Our Lord for many present and future parish blessings. During this retreat many hearts were converted and strengthened in the faith and many received the Sacrament of Confession. We thank Father McGinnis also for his many instructions to our students and teachers at our parish school and for also hearing these students' confessions. We continue to pray for a prayerful and life changing Lenten season for all.
Stations of the Cross:
are held every Friday evening during Lent at 7:00pm in the parish church. Each Friday evening, Monsignor O'Connor walks and prays the stations accompanied by the prayers of parishioners and other Lenten pilgrims who come to reflect on this especially seasonal devotion of the "Way of the Cross" which includes 14 reflections on the events that occured from the Condemnation of Jesus by Pontius Pilate to Jesus Being Laid in the Tomb. Please join us. This prayerful event is open to all.
The Next Session: for our Adult Education Series will be held this Sunday, March 22nd at 9:15am and this Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm in the parish center. Our parishioner and parish school teacher, Ray Concannon, presents:Overview of the Summa Theologica. This presentation will cover the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas which is a compendium or collection of most of the theological questions which the Church puts to itself to explain the faith. This presentation with give an overview of the structure of Summa of St. Thomas and examine some of the most interesting questions asked and answered by St. Thomas.
Another 40 Days: For Life campaign begins on February 18th (Ash Wednesday). Our parish will be stationed across the street from the last abortion clinic in diocesan territory on Saturday, March 28th for a respectful prayer vigil. We will sponsor that day from 6am until 6pm and be joined by the Father Michael J. McGivney (Knights of Columbus) Council. We ask that parishioners save the date and plan to take an hour praying with their fellow parishioners.
P.S. Thanks to all our Marchers who just returned from D.C.
Recent Photo's & Events
May 04, 2014
St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet is a lively parish with many activities and opportunities for worship, prayer, and community. We extend to you an invitation to our parish family in hopes that you may join in our devotions and our reverent celebration of Holy Mass. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding our parish and living a life in the Catholic faith.
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