A friend will visit a friend…in like manner make visits to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Normally the consecrated host is kept in a tabernacle. During Eucharist Adoration it is placed on the altar in a monstrance to be venerated; to be kept company by the faithful for visitation, contemplative prayer and meditation. Adoration is a sacred time to keep Vigil with the Lord; to spend quiet time with Him.

Let’s Pray Together

Eucharist Adoration is offered on Mondays, except holidays, 3:00 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. in the Chapel at the Parish Center, accessed using the J Street entrance. All are welcome, anytime during the appointed hours.

It was too short!

As adults, we are called to be role models for our children, but sometimes the tables are turned, and we learn from their example. Please enjoy what our principal, faculty and Father John Fuchs, S.J. learned from sharing Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with our students on March 1, 2018.
Dear Friends,
I greeted our first graders on their return from our annual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this past Thursday. I asked how Adoration went for them. I was surprised when the third child in line looked me in the eye and said, “It was too short.” A student right behind her said, “I wished it was longer, too.” I glanced at Mrs. Johnson with a “who are these kids?!” look.
By the time I arrived at church for the Middle School Adoration, I was eager to experience what had moved the first graders to respond as they had. The choir greeted me at the door, chanting softly, “Ubi Caritas,” a Taize prayer. The church was full but silent except for the music that settled into my mind and quieted my breathing. “Ubi Caritas et amor. Ubi Caritas est vera.” Where charity and love are. Where charity is true. I listened with a feeling of peace to a passage in the Gospel of John where Jesus declared, “This is My commandment: that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” I have listened to this Gospel many times over my lifetime, but I heard it just a bit differently, more personally, after 10 minutes of silent adoration. It was 10 minutes of quiet with Middle School kids, which, as you know, can be a challenge for them, but surprisingly, it felt way too short to all of us.
After our last prayer, the Anima Christi, I stopped to thank Fr. Fuchs for leading our prayer. He said, “I thought the amount of time that we asked them to be silent was going to be too long. The kids were great.” I remembered the look I gave to Mrs. Johnson just an hour earlier. Who are these kids? They’re our kids.  
Peace,
Chris

How Shall I Sit with the Lord?

There are many way to sit with the Lord.  Most importantly come.  Come as you are, to spend quiet time with Jesus.  You will find what feels right for you.

  • Pray the Rosary
  • Meditate on readings available in the chapel or bring your own
  • Talk to the Lord about what weighs on your heart and mind
  • Spend time in contemplative prayer
  • Recite prayers.  There are many prayers for Eucharist Adoration. Consider the one below.

Sanctity of Life

My God, we adore You here in the Blessed Sacrament.  As we kneel before You, we recognize You as the Creator of all Life. We thank You and praise You for the lives you have given to us and to those we love. Give us a true and lasting respect for all life, for we recognize it as coming from You. We pray for all who have suffered or died as a result of disrespect whether that suffering and death has come as a result of abuse, war, gossip, or abortion. We pray for an end for all disrespect of life. As we kneel before You we ask You to forgive all those who do not respect the sanctity of life. We repeat the words you spoke as you hung on the cross, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’

Are you called to sit with the Lord?

The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship.  Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us go meet him in adoration.Saint John Paul II

 

Yes, I want to sit with the Lord!

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