The Eucharist is at the heart of our life and mission at St. Raphaela Center. It pulsates through everything we are and do.
Eucharist is celebrated regularly in our beautiful, octagonal chapel, with its huge windows that afford a wonderful panoramic view of our grounds and the flora and fauna that inhabit them. It provides the space for a truly cosmic liturgy. The Eucharistic celebration is prolonged during the day by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel and by our ministry of hospitality. Retreatants are welcome to spend time in Eucharistic adoration.
At the same time, a Eucharistic spirituality informs all that happens here, from the warm breath of inclusion that embraces “all God’s children, wherever they may be,” to being bread that is broken and wine that is poured out for all who come to the Center. It permeates our concern for the whole person of our retreatants, body, mind, and spirit, and our outreach to the less privileged of society.
Eucharistic adoration may not be what it appears at first glance. It is not a static, personal time of silent reflection spent gazing at a consecrated host. Or, at least, it does not have to be. Eucharistic adoration is much, much more. It is a dynamic encounter, a thrilling embrace, a challenging conversation, and an exciting engagement. more
Exerpt from The Eucharist and Social Justice, a book written by Sister Margaret Scott, acj. Sister Margaret, a former director of St. Raphaela Center, currently serves as the Superior of a Handmaid community in Bournemouth, England.
Adoration takes place as follows:
- Every morning from 9:00 to 11:00 (10:00am until noon on Sundays)
- Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00pm
- Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Take a few moments out of your busy day for some privileged time with Jesus present in the Eucharist in a quiet space of peace and beauty.
"[Saint Raphaela Mary] knew how to make her entire existence Eucharist. For this reason, the central axis of her consecrated life became that of “living an entirely Eucharistic existence”... This entails a way of being in the world – Eucharistically – that embraces every situation and every circumstance....The institution of the Eucharist in the life of Jesus is told to us as an act of love “to the end," anticipating the self-offering of his life “for all” and the fulfillment of the mission to which he had been sent. This being so, to live Eucharistically can be nothing else than to enter into this dynamic of love that offers itself and to participate in this mission."
From The Apostolic Meaning of Adoration, by Nurya Martínez-Gayol, aci