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The 177 Project comes to our archdiocese

by Jill Ragar Esfeld

It’s a lofty goal embraced by committed Catholics across the nation — and our archdiocese is now part of the effort.

On Sept. 27, Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa will host an evening of music and adoration as part of the 177 Project’s journey through the Midwest. 

A tour of Catholic musical teams from around the country, the 177 Project is dedicated to bringing more people into the awesome experience of eucharistic adoration. 

177 is the number of dioceses and archdioceses in the United States. And this group, known as Adoration Artists, aims to visit all of them, promoting Holy Hours through the powerful tool of contemporary Christian music.

The message they hope to express echoes the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta:

“When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”

As Catholics, one of our greatest blessings is being able to spend time with Jesus physically present in the Blessed Sacrament. 

The 177 Project provides an evening of awareness and inspiration that helps participants understand Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and desire to spend time with him.

Adoration Artists guide the evening using their unique gifts from God to create a space for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of their audience.

Don’t miss this incredible evening of worship and praise. The two-hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Trinity’s main church. 

There will be an acoustic concert before moving into a Holy Hour. Aly Aleigha a folk/Americana singer, songwriter and Catholic speaker will be the featured performer.

No tickets are necessary and the event is free to attend. A freewill offering will be taken up. 

This fall, Adoration Artists is bringing the 177 Project to roughly 75 communities around the country and they pray for many intentions at each event.

You can learn more about the 177 Project or submit a prayer request here.

About the author

Jill Esfeld

Jill Ragar Esfeld received a degree in Writing from Missouri State University and started her profession as a magazine feature writer, but quickly transitioned to technical/instructional writing where she had a successful career spanning more than 20 years. She returned to feature writing when she began freelancing for The Leaven in 2004. Her articles have won several awards from the Catholic Press Association. Jill grew up in Christ the King parish in Kansas City, Missouri; and has been a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Lenexa, Kansas, for 35 years.

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