On Monday, September 24th, the Most Reverend Robert Reed, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston and the President of the television network CatholicTV will celebrate the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann Church. Following that Mass, he will expose the Blessed Sacrament. The bishop has chosen to remain there in prayer and fasting until the next morning, concluding this period of prayer and penance with the celebration of the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Tuesday.
With Bishop Reed’s blessing, J. Basil Dannebohm, founder and moderator of the Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts has made arrangements to travel to Boston and join with him in prayer and fasting in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, for the entire 24 hours.
During this time of tribulation in the Church, prayer and penance are the fruits of healing. These fruits are cultivated in the presence of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts applauds the bishop for making this decision and look forward to having our founder pray with him and for him.
As the bishop mentions in his statement below, you’re welcome to join in this very sacred time of prayer. If you cannot travel to be with Bishop Reed in person, please consider making a holy hour, praying the rosary, or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in prayerful unity with him.
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"A couple years ago, on a Monday morning, I was informed that I had been named a bishop. When I accepted, I was conscious of the fact that, I also would have to accept whatever the future held with a complete openness to God’s will; much like in a marriage, or when I was ordained a priest.
These days, I find myself deeply disturbed by what is happening in the Church. I know the bishops must act decisively and that the action needs to be thorough, transparent, professional and in cooperation with competent laypeople.
But still, I ask the question: what can I do?
All I know is that I can pray and do penance. To that end, and as your pastor, I commit myself to a full day and night of public penance.
On Monday, September 24, 2018, I will celebrate the 9 o’clock Mass in Saint Ann Church as I usually do. Following that Mass I will expose the Blessed Sacrament and remain there in prayer and fasting until the next morning, concluding this period of prayer and penance with the celebration of the 9:00 am Mass on Tuesday.
All throughout this period, the church will remain open. You are most welcome to join me in prayer for a few minutes or for a full hour. In fact, I would welcome your presence as I do the only things I know to do in the face of evil; prayer and penance.
Bishop Robert P Reed