"Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. It will make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven. A Holy Hour of adoration helps bring everlasting peace to your soul and in your family. It brings us personal peace and strength. It brings us a greater love for Jesus, for each other, and for the poor. Every holy hour deepens our union with Him and bears much fruit.
Nowhere on earth are we more welcomed or loved than by Jesus in Eucharist. When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now. This is why we need Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in every Parish throughout the entire World."
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
adoration frequently asked questions
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Eucharistic Adoration is spending time with Jesus Christ who is truly present, Body, Blood and Soul in the Holy Eucharist. The consecrated Host is displayed in a holder called a monstrance for adoration.
Who can come to Adoration?
Everyone is welcome to come before Our Lord Jesus Christ during Eucharistic Adoration. Invite family, neighbors and friends to join you. Your joy with the Lord may be what others are looking for.
In order to respect the sacred silence of the chapel and other Adorers, please make every effort to only bring children who are able to maintain a reasonable level of silence.
Children under the legal age of 18 can not be committed Adorers at this time, but they may adore with their family or make a visit at any time.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the following policies are in place:
- Six (6) people are permitted in the Adoration Chapel at the same time.
- Each pew is limited to one (1) person or one (1) family unit, as family members aren’t bound by physical distancing.
- In order to maintain safe physical distancing, only four (4) of the eight (8) pews are available, and there are two (2) single chairs in the back of the chapel on each side.
- You must wear a face covering at all times.
- The bathroom will not be available for use at this time and will remain locked.
When can I visit Jesus in Adoration?
Any time between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00pm. You do not need a code or key.
Once we become familiar with our new building, we will open up the hours between 9:00pm and 6:00am for Adorers to make a commitment.
Each hour's committed Adorers will always have precedence over any guests that visit, in the event that we have to turn anybody away. This is why we are strongly encouraging everyone to make a commitment online at http://stcatharine.weadorehim.com/
If you know you are going to make a visit at a time that you have not committed to, you can always make a one-time commitment for any hour online in order to reserve that spot at http://stcatharine.weadorehim.com/
How do I get into the Adoration Chapel?
You can enter the exterior doors of the Atrium off of the parking lot or off of Gould Rd. The Atrium is the large windowed a-frame structure attached directly to the Church. Once again, you do not need a code or key at this time.
How long must I stay?
There is no set amount of time that one must stay at Adoration. Please feel welcome to drop-in to say a quick hello to Jesus. Do not underestimate the graces that will come from any visit.
What does it mean to be an Adorer?
Adorers commit to adoring Jesus for an hour or more once a week. This is crucial since Jesus displayed in the monstrance must never be left alone. These Adorers enable us to have Eucharistic Adoration for any and all persons wanting to make a shorter visit to be with Jesus!
How are faithful adorers' hours scheduled and how long is the commitment for?
Each adorer determines which hour is best for him or her. We never assign hours to anyone. An hour that fits you well will help you keep your commitment. You can sign up any time on our We Adore Him page at http://stcatharine.weadorehim.com/
Can I change my hour?
Yes. People move and some people just want or need a different time. It is incredibly easy to manage your We Adore Him account at http://stcatharine.weadorehim.com/
What happens if our schedules change or we go on vacation? While you should make every effort to spend your hour with the Lord each week and try to be reliable to others in your hour, we know your schedule will change. Your We Adore Him account at http://stcatharine.weadorehim.com/ allows you to request a sub. It is your responsibility to ensure that your sub request is answered, so please make sure you request one as soon as you know you will not be available.
What happens if the person scheduled after me does not show up?
If you are willing to stay, you are welcome to stay. If you need to leave, please call the Adoration Coordinator whose number will be listed in the chapel. Be assured, the likelihood of this happening is nearly impossible.
How do I spend my Hour at Adoration? What should I do while I’m there?
Let the Holy Spirit guide you. This is your personal time with Jesus. There are no set prayers. After entering church, genuflect on one knee or two, if you cannot genuflect a simple bow. You may offer a prayer of Adoration to begin your Holy Hour. You may sit or kneel. Spend this time contemplating that you are in the presence of God. Converse with Him. You can read Scripture or spiritual books, journal, pray the rosary or spend time just talking with Jesus. It’s not about what you do, but who you are with.
As Father John Ricardo says, “Just waste some time with Him.” If God was not behind the veil of the Eucharist, what would you do? Christ says we are no longer servants but friends, so simply spend some time with your friend. He loves you and is calling you.
If you have further questions about the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, simply click the button below and get in touch with our Adoration Coordinator, Brendan O'Rourke.