The first Centennial Holy Hour for Vocations was held on Friday, October 1, at Saint Emily Catholic Church in Mount Prospect. Over 75 people attended the extended exposition that afternoon. The Blessed Sacrament was profound to behold on the altar in the historic monstrance that was first used at the 1926 International Eucharistic Congress held in downtown Chicago and on the grounds of Mundelein Seminary.
As the event drew to a close, Father James Presta ‘86, pastor of Saint Emily, addressed those attending with these words, “We’re very grateful for this opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist, to be in the presence of the Lord in this very special, unique and most solemn way as we celebrate vocations.”
Since October 1 is the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Father Presta continued his message by telling a story about this saint’s experience of adoration. Sometimes, she would fall to sleep during adoration. Upon awaking again, she experienced a comfort and love like that of waking up in her Papa’s arms as a child. With this story, Father Presta assured those attending that God is always present, loving and taking care of His children, whether awake or asleep. Among the 75 who came to worship that afternoon, no nodding heads were spotted; but the story remains a comfort to all who look to the saints as examples of holiness. We don’t have to be perfect, only honest and available. We can all have a relationship with God no matter what kind of “day we are having.”
“Know that Our Lord is just so happy and ecstatic that we are here,” Father Presta said. “With the monstrance that we have here, we want to ask God’s most abundant blessings upon all our seminarians at Mundelein Seminary and continue to pray for an increase to vocations to the holy priesthood.”
Seminarians from the Archdiocese of Atlanta assisted with benediction. After the Holy Hour concluded, they greeted parishioners and adorers with Fr. Hank Lyon ‘20, who is currently the associate pastor at Saint Emily. Then the monstrance was carefully transported back to the seminary.
Click here to view the full schedule of Centennial Holy Hours for Vocations across the Chicago area in the coming year.