Limits and requirements
To ensure proper safety, the following requirements must be followed:
- No more than 50 people are allowed in the church at one time.
- Do not enter the church if you show signs of sickness.
- Sanitize your hands upon entering the building and upon leaving the building.
- All present must ensure social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.
Adorers should not converse with others at any time while in the church before the Blessed Sacrament.
In a 3/24/20 message to parishioners, Fr. Patrick provided some additional guidance:
“I also ask that if you [signed-up adorer] are part of the “at risk population” that you consider getting a substitute for your spot until the Coronavirus has passed (Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html to see if you are part of this population) However, I cannot restrict those in the at risk population from continuing to come to Adoration if they wish to do so. We continue to sanitize surfaces at both church sites daily. Anyone who feels uncomfortable continuing with their committed spot(s) should feel free to contact our Adoration Committee to find substitutes.
“Please know that since the situation is continually changing, we may have to change our response. We want to provide for the spiritual needs of the parish but also to battle the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of our parishioners in a reasonable manner.
“Finally, I just want to thank each of you for your dedication to Christ and to this parish. Our Eucharistic Adoration is truly a gift, especially in this challenging time. Please know of my continued prayers for each of you in this time.”
Jesus is truly present–body, blood, soul and divinity–in the Blessed Sacrament. Therefore, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent opportunity for many types of prayer. Prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of petition (especially for our parish, for religious vocations, for peace, for our families), prayers of reparation or atonement for sin (both personal and societal), and prayers of praise and adoration are important and humbling before Christ present in the Eucharist.
The quiet of the church in the presence of the Lord is also an escape from the noise of the world, and it is very conducive to prayer. Eucharistic Adoration is a wonderful source of grace in our lives. All are welcome; everyone is invited to come and pray.
Time and Place
Every week, over 100 hours of Adoration will be held at the South Church:
- Eucharistic Adoration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and ends at 3 p.m. Friday.
- The South Church is open to the public during the following hours
– Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Tuesday and Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Wednesday: from the end of the 7 a.m. Mass to 9 p.m.
– Friday: from the end of the 7 a.m. Mass to 3 p.m.
There must be at least two people present in the church during Adoration, as the exposed Eucharist can never be left alone. You can sign up for a regular hour, or as a substitute, or just come when you can.
We invite all parishioners to prayerfully consider signing up to spend one hour each week with Jesus. Sign-up forms are available at the Information Station in the gathering space of the North Church, or use this online sign-up form. After a sign-up form is completed, a member of the Adoration committee will be in touch with you.
Details / What to Expect
A consecrated host is placed in the beautiful monstrance on the altar. This makes the real presence of Jesus more visible than being hidden in the tabernacle.
When the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, it is respectful to genuflect on both knees (or one knee) when entering or leaving the pew. You may quietly pray, read Scripture, say a rosary, meditate on the life of Jesus Christ, or use some of the prayer materials provided. Enjoy your time spent in the presence of Christ!
Eucharistic Adoration with Archbishop Listecki
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki provides us a personal invitation to Eucharistic Adoration. He discusses different ways we can encounter and adore Jesus, including a period of extended Eucharistic Adoration. In addition, he provides pragmatic advice on activities we can focus upon while adoring Jesus in Adoration. Watch video here.
Bishop Barron on the Mystery of Eating Jesus’ Flesh
Bishop Robert Barron explains John: 6 (Multiplication of the Loaves) and the history of the Feast of Corpus Christi. He begins by discussing Jesus’ gift of himself that allows each of us to gain eternal life. He then goes on to explain how a Eucharistic miracle in Italy led to a Church-wide feast day. Watch video here.
Blessed Mother Teresa
Saint Teresa of Calcutta discusses a change made within her community, the Missionaries of Charity. Despite having initial doubts about making time for daily Eucharistic Adoration, the Missionaries of Charity created time for adoration every day in their communities. The result, as Saint Teresa explains, was, remarkably, not a decrease in time to complete all of the sisters’ work, but rather an improved ability to serve the poor, and additional vocations to their community. Watch video here.
Bishop Hying: What really happens to the bread & wine?
Bishop Don Hying, originally a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and now Bishop of Madison answers the question that has crossed every Catholic’s mind: “Isn’t the bread and wine, just bread and wine?” He discusses the scriptural underpinnings of the Eucharist and the opportunity each of us has to have Jesus enter into our hearts and lives by receiving the Eucharist. Watch video here.
SketchPad: The Eucharist
“At every Mass, bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Could this really be true?” This video uses an innovative approach, a sketchpad, to explain why we need to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood in order to gain eternal life. The sketch proves this reality with Scriptural references, historical practices in our Catholic Church, and physiological realities present within each human person. Watch video here.
The Eucharist with Scott Hahn and Fr. Pacwa
Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains the connection between the Eucharist and Calvary, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Dr. Hahn explains that we can understand Jesus’ death by looking at Holy Thursday in connection with Good Friday. Through Jesus’ words and actions on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper, we understand that he freely gives his life for us both on Calvary and within the Eucharist. Watch video here.
Flannery O’Connor and the Eucharist
This video highlights Bishop Robert Barron’s analysis of an event in the life of Catholic author Flannery O’Connor. Bishop Barron explains how the misunderstanding of the Eucharist as a symbol has led to many Catholics leaving the Church. On the other hand, if the Eucharist is in fact Jesus Christ, this changes everything and to quote Bishop Barron, “this is where I want to be!” Watch video here.
“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” (Pope John Paul II in “Dominicae cenae”)
“To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.” (Pope Paul VI in “Mysterium Fidei”)
If you have questions, please contact the parish office.