By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
MOBILE – A nationwide Eucharistic Adoration tour will reach the Archdiocese of Mobile later this month.
The “177 Project” aims to hold a night of Adoration and music in all 177 U.S. dioceses. St. Mary Parish will host a “177 Project” event Friday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. The night is free, although tickets are required and can be obtained at www.the177project.com.
“We were really excited about it and very honored to be able to host it for the archdiocese,” said St. Mary Parish Director of Youth Ministry Melanie Karolenko. “(St. Mary Pastor Msgr. Warren Wall and I) both saw it as a way to bring families together, to experience Eucharistic Adoration in a way that’s very personal, that is led in worship.”
The evening begins with Rosary at 6:45 p.m., followed by Adoration at 7 p.m. and a concert at 8:15 p.m. featuring Lee Roessler and Jon Martin.
Roessler and Martin are among a group of more than 20 Catholic musicians that are touring the country as part of the “177 Project.”
Karolenko said the music can help draw the faithful together.
“A lot of research shows that people singing together bonds people because signing out loud is vulnerable,” Karolenko said. “Any vulnerable act will draw people together and bond them. That in itself is a bonding experience for the community. Music just lifts your mind and heart higher. It’s a form of art and draws our heart and mind outside of ourselves and to a higher reality, ideally to God.
“Even in silent Adoration we can get very distracted. I think music will help people enter in more fully into the Holy Hour.
The campaign kicked off around Labor Day and is expected to be wrapped up during Advent.
“It’s an event for everyone,” Karolenko said. “Even if you’ve never been to Eucharistic adoration before, or not familiar with it, you can come and be led in worship and led by these musicians to encounter the Lord in a deeper way.”
— For more information and to obtain tickets, visit www.the177project.com.
By ROB HERBST