We are thankful for Eucharistic Adoration at St. James Church. All are welcome to spend time in Adoration in our Adoration Chapel on the lower level of the Church. The chapel is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily.
ADORE on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. in the Church. Come for Eucharistic Adoration, a witness talk, silent prayer, meditative praise and worship music, and an opportunity for confessions.
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.” -(anonymous)
St. James Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is Reopen!
Please register here: www.adorationpro.org/jamesil
Safety Guidelines: In compliance with Archdiocesan safety guidelines, the maximum capacity in the chapel at any one time will be 4 adorers.
Visitors who arrive at the chapel and find it at maximum capacity are invited to go upstairs in the church to pray, or wait for an adorer to exit the chapel.
Please follow the guidelines below to ensure safety among all adorers and St. James staff.
- Please be sure to wear a mask in the Adoration Chapel.
- Please maintain six feet of social distance in the Adoration Chapel.
- Please sanitize your hands before entering the Adoration Chapel.
- Please wipe down your seat, kneeler, and chair in front of you before departing the Adoration Chapel.
- If you feel sick, please stay home.
- If someone in your home feels sick, please stay home.
- If you or someone in your household is awaiting a COVID test result, please stay home.
- If you receive a positive test result for COVID, please contact the Adoration Committee as soon as possible.
PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK AT ALL TIMES
A sanitizing station will be set up in the chapel and we are asking adorers to clean their spaces before they leave the chapel.
“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).