News: Bishop Encourages Holy Hours in Parishes

January 12, 2021

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The Catholic Church will encounter both challenges and opportunities after the pandemic ends. Where will the Holy Spirit lead the Des Moines Diocese then? 

Bishop Joensen is inviting parishes to spend time in prayer to ask for God’s graces now and that God may inspire and enrich our efforts of drawing people back to the church with a renewed love and devotion for Jesus in the Eucharist.

“Jesus always prayed, but especially when there were pivotal moments in his life and ministry,” Bishop Joensen said. “He sought clarity of vision and guidance in the direction of his mission from his heavenly Father and their mutual Spirit. 

Bishop Joensen will be leading a weekly Holy Hour on Monday evenings at St. Ambrose Cathedral 5-6 p.m. on Feb. 8 with exposition of the Eucharist and Vespers (also known as Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours).

“As we come out of this there’s a real opportunity for renewal and an opportunity for growth,” said Adam Storey, vice chancellor of the diocese. “But any authentic renewal comes from the Holy Spirit. “This prayer effort is meant to open us up to the grace God offers us and to open us to whatever renewal he is inviting us to.” 

The diocese will offer a worship aid for those who prefer to pray at home during the pandemic. Reflections written by Bishop Joensen will be made available for contemplation, and evening prayer, the rosary, Bible study and discussion are encouraged as ways to be in prayerful unity with the parish community. 

“The Eucharist is the nucleus and core of our faith, of our Diocesan family,” Bishop Joensen continued. “In itself, the Eucharist has been described as Jesus’ unfolding relationship with his Father.  We join Jesus in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and find inspiration, consolation, and vision for what God is asking of us in this New Year.  In the process, our relationship with each other as a Diocese is sealed and strengthened. Come, let us adore Him!”