Two Eucharistic adoration events – focusing on adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, or ACTS – are scheduled to take place in the Diocese of Wichita this year.Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice Office, said the prayer event will be held at Holy Cross in Hutchinson on January 17, 2016.

“The headlines of today are awash in many attacks against humanity and Christianity around the world. What does someone like me do to help counter these assaults?” she asked. “The power of prayer and forgiveness can solve many ills. The power of gratitude, and offering up our sufferings with Christ, are redemptive and can change hearts, souls, and minds and lead them back to Him who can do anything.”

Toombs added that Pope Francis has challenged Catholics to consider allowing their lives to be transformed by Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.

The next opportunity for transformation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 17 , at Holy Cross in Hutchinson, where there will be exposition and benediction of the Eucharist, talks on prayer, confession, singing, and communal and silent prayer. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item, to be used as part of the service. The canned food items will then be donated to a local food pantry.

Toombs added that Pope Benedict XVI said: “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.”

For more information, contact Toombs at (316) 269-3935 or Sister Loretta Beckius (316) 269-3900.

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