By Tony DeGol
The Catholic Register
Saint John Paul II said that Jesus is present in the Eucharist to be met and loved.
Saint Mother Teresa believed prayer could save the world and that every parish should adore the Blessed Sacrament in a Holy Hour.
A Johnstown faith community thinks these modern day saints were on to something, so it is welcoming a national effort to spend time with Jesus and enjoy some great music to boot.
The initiative is call the 177 Project. Adoration Artists, a group that uses music as an evangelization tool, is traveling to all 177 dioceses in the United States this fall.
Mandy Vigna is the director of religious education at Saint Clement Parish. When she heard about the opportunity, she jumped at the chance to participate.
The parish will host the 177 Project on Friday, November 30.
The evening will include praying the Rosary and a Holy Hour with time before the Blessed Sacrament.
“I hope this will give more people the opportunity to experience Adoration,” Vigna said. “I think it’s something we don’t do often enough.”
The parish has invited various priests from throughout the diocese to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Holy Hour.
After Adoration, two nationally-recognized musicians traveling as part of the 177 Project – Connor Flanagan and Taylor Tripodi – will present a concert.
According to the 177 Project website, the goal is to spark renewal in the Catholic Church around the country.
“We are firm believers in the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and want to encourage that through a worshipful evening that fosters community within and across parishes,” the website states.
Doors at Saint Clement will open at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone, but tickets are required in advance. Call or visit the parish or go to the Saint Clement website.
“Tickets are going fast, and I hope to fill the church,” Vigna noted. “It’s something different, so that always sparks some attention.”