Every Tuesday and Friday at St. Thomas of Canterbury, the Soup Kitchen provides a hot meal to those in need.
During Lent, we are resuming all-day Eucharistic adoration every Tuesday at St. Thomas of Canterbury, to pray for the work of the soup kitchen and the parish. This prayer takes place while soup kitchen volunteers are making preparations, and while those in need are being served.
As Catholics, we cannot separate service to the poor or the corporal works of mercy from the Eucharist. The Second Vatican Council says clearly: “The other sacraments, as well as with every ministry of the Church and every work of the apostolate, are tied together with the Eucharist and are directed toward it.”
In the Eucharist, Jesus is fully present, body and blood, soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine. The Eucharist makes present again Jesus’s sacrificial death and resurrection for us, and this gift of God himself transforms us and every aspect of our lives. That includes our relations with each other – our relations with our neighbors.
Eucharistic adoration during the soup kitchen has been a part of St. Thomas for decades. It began with prayers for volunteers, who were serving at a time when crime and violence in the neighborhood were high. Adoration continues to this day, because prayer is essential for serving Christ in the poor. In words attributed to St. Teresa of Calcutta, “Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
Every Lent, we are called to pray, fast and give alms, with the goal of drawing ever closer to God. This Lent, we hope you will join us before Jesus in the Eucharist, fully God and fully man, present in the Sacrament – to pray for those serving Him present in the poor and suffering.
If you would like to commit to an hour of adoration, contact Maggie Flynn at the parish office via email or phone (773-561-5343).