The Blessed Sacrament chapel is located in the southeast corner of our church building. Originating in January of 1995, the chapel was developed to allow all willing parishioners and others the opportunity to worship Our Lord on a continual basis 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. *This excludes the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday evening until Easter Sunday Mass at midnight) and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. According to Canon Law, someone must be present at all times excluding Mass time. Holy Mass remains the source and summit of all of our worship.
If you are a baptized Catholic drawn to worship Our Blessed Lord, you are welcome to join our Chapel Adorers. In addition, anyone is welcome to spend time with Our Blessed Lord during the open hours from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. If you feel the desire to spend time with Him, please “come and see” during the open hours. Then, if you are able, please sign up for your own hour to visit with Our Blessed Lord.
Kathleen Virnig (259-5148)
*As you may know, we have had to suspend some of the nighttime hours in the Adoration Chapel due to the lack of response to have persons present in prayer on a consistent basis. Beginning at midnight on September 2,2016, the Chapel will be closed each night from midnight to 5:00 a.m. If there are a sufficient number of adorers who commit to those hours on a regular basis – especially men out of concern for safety in the night hours – we will be happy to reopen those hours. The rest of the hours remain as always.
This decision was not made lightly, but for several reasons. First, the appeal for adorers for those hours ran for several months without adequate response. Second, we are following the discipline of the Church for Eucharistic adoration, which absolutely requires that we must be certain that at least one person is always present (two or more are preferred) whenever the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Third, some of our long-time adorers are no longer able to make this commitment due to age, illness, or moving into assisted living or nursing home arrangements. Fourth, we have grounded concerns about the safety of our adorers when they would be alone at night. While we trust in God’s care, Jesus also warns us: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
It is our hope that this situation will be temporary, but that depends on the response of people who are able and willing to make a stable commitment to spend that time with the Eucharistic Lord in prayer. Thank you for your understanding and support.