From Into the Deep (a newsletter of concerned Catholic laity), my letter about the new chapel. The Gippsland Ordinariate Adoration Chapel is now a reality. The Sacrifice of the Mass was offered on 7 February, in honour of Our Lady. This chapel is located in one of the rooms in the motel that my wife and I manage, the Maffra Motor Inn.
Here in our chapel, in the midst of the exquisitely ordinary and perfectly mundane day to day of the running of the Motel, we are learning to create a haven of quietness, and holiness; one where our Lord dwells. The Chapel is one where we meet Christ, one on one; we can sit, be quiet in the stillness that is God; we can listen, and know God. We take time out of our lives to spend time in eternity.
The Chapel houses eight people comfortably, and is open from 7.30am – 9.00pm every day of the year. Anyone may visit, and this Chapel has the support of the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, who has granted a faculty for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament and the utilisation of the Chapel for worship and adoration.
The Cenacle of the Marian Movement for Priests, Maffra, has asked to use the Chapel for some of their prayer meetings, and it is good to have dedicated prayerful support for our priests.
During Lent on Thursday evenings there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation at 8.00pm, followed by Evening Prayer, and Rosary. Feel free to visit often and stay as long as you like.
Have you thought about adding a Holy Hour of Reparation to your Lenten discipline? In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” The Holy Hour is prayed before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and praise.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 2628)
Gippsland Holy Relic Apostolate:
Do you know someone that has a first class relic? Do you have one yourself? Did a family member have one? What is going to happen to these relics when you/they die? There must be many thousand of these relics sitting in houses, on desks, in cupboards throughout the world.
If you know of any, have any, can source any – then please contact me. Be aware, I will not buy them, as they cannot be for sale nor bought, but I will pay for postage if I have to, and the apostolate here in Gippsland dedicated to the Saints, and their veneration, will bring them out on their day to be venerated.
My address is:
Fr Ken Clark
Catholic Diocese of the Ordinariate of OLSC
PO Box 815
Maffra, Vic 3860
ken.clark @ gmail.com