We are thankful for Thursday Eucharistic Adoration at St. James Church. One committed adorer shared her thoughts below:
“I want a relationship with Jesus Christ, and so I spend time with Him. I talk to Him about my family, my plans, what brings me joy, my disappointments and struggles. I ask for favors, pray His Mysteries in the Rosary, read His Words with Him… and I tell Him I am sorry (a lot). I promise Him I will do good, but we both know how that will go, and so I thank Him (a lot) for His gifts of Confession and the Eucharist. He is my Strength and my Hope, and the fact that He is really present here for me truly takes my breath away.” –
All are welcome to spend time in Adoration in St. James Parish Center Chapel on Thursdays from 4pm- 8pm! Spiritual reading materials are available if needed. Holy Hour with Deacon Hahn starts at 7pm.
“This is the wonderful truth, my dear friends: the Word, which became flesh two thousand years ago, is present today in the Eucharist.” Saint John Paul II
Visit the Word made Flesh during Eucharistic Adoration. There is always a need for faithful committed adorers. For your own hour or for more information please contact the Ministry Leader.
The power of silent adoration:
There is so much external noise in our lives that it seems overwhelming at times. Even if we shut off our phones, there are many other distractions. To be silent is to be OPEN TO GOD. Seeking moments of silence has become more necessary than ever before.
Jesus often withdrew to deserted places to pray. Many in our parish are finding a place of “silent retreat” very close to home. This retreat can be found in Eucharistic Adoration. Thursdays in St. James Church. Adoration is growing at St. James! More hours are available and we NOW have MORE opportunities to ADORE.
Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is Jesus truly present- Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Praying in the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus is a powerful way to express our love and friendship to Him, with the very gift of ourselves.
Mother Teresa, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, and now a Saint, attributed her many charitable works to her daily Holy Hour of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. She said, “I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for the continual force from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.”
Eucharistic Adoration is a great way for the many SJ Parish Ministry teams to gather for a weekly Holy Hour to pray in thanksgiving to God, and to lift up all the needs of their mission. Parents and grandparents are also welcome to bring young children and school children for short visits. Adoration is for everyone.
The saints have written volumes on the subject of Adoration. “Regular” Adorers at St James have profound encounters of healing and peace in Adoration as well. The Church doors are open every Thursday for silent adoration. Thursday Holy Hour with Evening Prayer and Rosary is from 7 pm to 8 pm.
In all the Adoration chapels around the world, Jesus himself is really present and exposed in the Monstrance. We seek at least two persons to keep vigil per hour. Prayer aids are available at the entrance.
From St. Teresa of Calcutta: “THE FRUIT OF SILENCE IS PRAYER, THE FRUIT OF PRAYER IS FAITH, THE FRUIT OF FAITH IS LOVE, THE FRUIT OF LOVE IS SERVICE, AND THE FRUIT OF SERVICE IS PEACE.” – St. TERESA OF CALCUTTA (MOTHER TERESA)
This is the link to: Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Why Adoration? “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration…to visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1418).