The Church of Saint Mary is inviting everyone in Tulsa to encounter Jesus Christ, present in the Blessed Sacrament.
In the spirit of hospitality, we will praise God with our fellow Tulsans at an evening of Adoration held on the second Thursday of every month. These evenings are for parishioners and for guests who wish to share a meal then pray together. Our prayer will combine song, teaching, and intercessory prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Priests will be hearing confessions during the hour of Adoration.
6:00 p.m. Meal
6:30-7:30 p.m. Adoration
September 14, October 12, November 9
Second Thursday of the Month
Our church is known for its hospitality. This year we will extend our hospitality to our friends, family, and neighbors at an event called a Night of Mercy. Each Night of Mercy takes place on the second Thursday of the month.
It’s not good enough for us to prop open the doors of the church for visitors. Every one of us can hold the door open for visitors. We can welcome them to sit with us during a meal. We can invite newcomers to kneel with us in our pews.
Inspired by Middle School Youth
Every fall, seventh and eighth grade youth group members tell incoming sixth graders their favorite activities. Rather than the expected accolades for sports, games or music, a majority of older kids said that their favorite youth event was Adoration.
Father Jack Gleason is working closely with Blake Lawson and Jake Szoeke to recreate an Adoration experience similar to Adoration at youth group. Each Night of Mercy will last one hour and will be broken into moments of silence, praise and worship, and a meditation led by a priest or deacon.
Every Night of Mercy will center around a different theme that will build upon the overall subject of hospitality.
Students at the School of Saint Mary are familiar with Adoration, praying before the Blessed Sacrament as often as once per week. There will be a daytime option for school students that will offer many of the same themes as the Thursday evening Night of Mercy.
Hospitality in the universal Church
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops often links Hospitality to Stewardship to the ultimate goal of Discipleship:
[We] are not passive beneficiaries. We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others.
It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church. All members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission:
- Parents, who nurture their children in the light of faith;
- Parishioners, who work in concrete ways to make their parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community;
- All Catholics, who give generous support—time, money, prayers, and personal service according to their circumstances—to parish and diocesan programs;
- and to the universal Church.