Our Parish Mission Statement:
He (Jesus) walked here in the same flesh, and gave us the same flesh to be eaten for salvation, but no one eats that flesh unless he first adores it. . . and not only do we not sin by adoring, we do sin by not adoring. -St. Augustine on Psalm 98:9
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Chapel
(Back door of St. Catherine's Rectory)
Every Thursday from 8:30am – 8:30pm
What is Eucharistic Adoration? Catholics believe that during the Mass which we attend each week (for some of us daily), the priest (during the consecration) speaks these words as he holds the communion host, "...He took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: Take this all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you". When the priest says "this my body", it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood , Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.
Perpetual Adoration is when the priest takes a consecrated host, such as the one described above, and places it in a monstrance. (monstrance comes from the Latin "monstrare" to show, to expose to view.) The monstrance is then placed in front of the tabernackle (an ornate box which holds the monstrance and any consecrated hosts) or on the altar of the church or chapel for adoration.
What do you actually do during adoration? You may sign up to be an "adorer" which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.
"Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Canae)
The rosary is prayed 1/2 hour before the 4pm Mass on Saturdays