When we slow down enough to notice, we realize that we are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. That "something" is, in fact, Someone: the God who knows and loves us in a personal way. The beauty of our human existence is that not only are we known and loved by God, but that we have the capacity to know and love God. When we open ourselves to this relational dynamic, we begin to worship. We are all made for worship, that is, opening ourselves up to a relationship with the One who has loved us into existence. At Carroll, there are many ways in which we try to create space where the worship of the living God can take place.
Mass is the gift given by God to His people whereby we experience Christ's love for us in the Eucharist and are drawn more deeply into His Body, the Church. Carroll Masses are special due to the enthusiasm and hunger that many of our young people have for God. Mass at Carroll is open to anyone who would like to attend. Below the Mass times are listed.
Confession is that great sacrament of forgiveness where the realities of God's merciful love and our need for that love meet. Confession is available on Wednesday night in the All Saints Chapel from 8:15-9:15 pm and from Cathedral of St. Helena from 9:30-11 a.m. Confessions can also be made via appointment with Fr. Marc.
Do you want help preparing for Reconciliation? Try this Examination of Conscience.
Fr. Marc Lenneman shares some reflections on confession:
Adoration is a beautiful way of experiencing the healing love of Christ through His presence in the Eucharist. Let the peace of Christ calm your heart and uplift your soul in this ancient and rich form of prayer.
Adoration takes place seven days a week noon to 10 p.m. in the Trinity Hall Chapel.
Here are some words from Pope Benedict on Adoration:
In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the Eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration. Receiving the Eucharist means adoring him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. Indeed, "only in adoration can a profound and genuine reception mature. And it is precisely this personal encounter with the Lord that then strengthens the social mission contained in the Eucharist, which seeks to break down not only the walls that separate the Lord and ourselves, but also and especially the walls that separate us from one another."