Perpetual Adoration at the South Church

We now have Perpetual Adoration of our Lord at the South Church. We are blessed and grateful for all who gave their “yes” to the Lord by signing up for a regular time, ensuring  there would be at least two persons present during Eucharistic Adoration, 24/7.

Please know that everyone is welcome to stop by the South Church to adore our Lord. Sign up is not required. Come for a short visit or stay for an hour. He is waiting for you!

The main doors to the South Church are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

After 9 p.m. the main doors are locked and only regular (scheduled) adorers have access.

Note: The Eucharist is reposed during daily Mass, as well as for other scheduled activities, such as wedding rehearsals, weddings, funerals, special services, etc. (“Reposed” means that the Eucharist is removed from the monstrance and placed in the tabernacle.)

Signing Up for Weekly Adoration Times

We invite all parishioners to prayerfully consider signing up to spend one hour each week with Jesus. There must be at least two people present in the church during Adoration, as the exposed Eucharist can never be left alone.

If you are interested in committing to a weekly hour of Adoration:

  • Please contact the Adoration Committee with any questions, or for help to sign up. We would love to speak with you.
  • Paper sign-up forms are available at the Information Station in the gathering space of the North Church.  After a sign-up form is completed, a member of the Adoration committee will be in touch with you.

Family Adoration

Family Adoration is held at the South Church from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. During this time, children are invited to pray in church (wiggles and whispers are welcome) or play and socialize in the church basement. Parents are responsible for watching their own children, whether in church or in the basement.

The Knights of Columbus will provide a dinner the first Friday of the month in August, November, February and May.

About Adoration

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.

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. Do not converse with others while in the church before the Blessed Sacrament. 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!

For those not familiar with Eucharistic Adoration,   A Beginner’s Guide to Adoration might be of interest. There are also many introductory videos – some specifically about Adoration, others focusing on the Eucharist:

Notable Quotes

“Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori)

“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”)

Additional Information

If you have questions, please contact the Adoration Committee.