“The family that prays together stays together” so the saying goes. Perhaps in Pope Francis’ own words, taken from his exhortation “Joy of the Love” is this, “Family prayer is a special way of expressing and strengthening this paschal faith… The various expressions of popular piety are a treasure of spirituality for many families.” (318)
Saint Thomas Aquinas parishes, Saint Nicholas and Saint William hosted an evening of prayer, inspiration, adoration, and praise on December 4, at Our Lady of the Rosary in Palo Alto. The focus of the evening was to draw young people and their families into an encounter with the Word & Sacrament to kick-off the Advent Season.
Music was led by Catholic contemporary worship artist Josh Blakesley. Tricia Tembreull, Regional Director for Life Teen, shared a message inviting the participants to consider which character they are in the Nativity Story. “Are we like the Shepherds who were doing their own thing and had a giant wake-up call? Are we like Mary, completely open to everything God has in store for us? Are we like the magi who used their gifts and talents and brought them forth?” she shared.
Father Matthew Stanley, Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas reflected, “It’s beautiful to see so many families hunger for transformational encounters fulfilled with events like these. I’m very proud of Chris (youth minister) and his team for a successful night!”
The next eXaLT is on March 26, at 7 p.m. at Saint William Parish in Los Altos. Andrew Laubacher will lead worship for the evening. All ages are welcome! Email David Cortese,
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A special thanks to the Chris Miller and the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County for helping support this collaborative effort.