What do I need to do when I arrive for my hour or visit?
Please try to show up on time for your scheduled hour; every minute you are late is a minute that the adorer you are replacing needs to stay. Once you arrive, please sign-in by placing a check mark next to your name and the time you arrive and when you leave. This is the recommended way that churches with perpetual Adoration keep a record. The sign-in is not to keep tabs on adorers, but provides us with assurance that the Blessed Sacrament is never left alone, and helps us identify those hours when we need to schedule additional adorers.
What do I do during Adoration?
Before you enter your pew, genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament. Ask the Holy Spirit to be present to you as you pray. Give thanks for your blessings, pray for vocations, our parish, and your personal needs. It is also important to realize that you do not need to do or say anything during this private Holy Hour. All that you have to do is be present to the One who is present to you, for it is in this silence that the Lord speaks to us. May you find your weekly visit with our Lord to be a high point for you, and that your personal spirituality will be deepened by the experience.
There is a bookcase and containers with Catholic books, leaflets, rosaries and devotional materials for your use. If you find a book you would like to continue reading at home, please fee free to take it with you and return it in a timely manner.
Will there be anyone else there during my Adoration hour?
We are planning for a minimum of two per hour. On occasion, there may be only one adorer. Our goal is to have enough adorers so that we will have at least two scheduled adorers for every hour of Adoration.
Can we bring children to Adoration?
Children are welcome, but we ask that you talk to them about Adoration beforehand so that understand that they are in a reverent environment. A book bag with children’s Catholic books is next to the sign in book.
If I am currently a substitute, can I show up periodically without making a weekly commitment?
Absolutely. We ask all adorers to sign-in, even if you have not made a monthly commitment.
What do I do if the adorer for the hour after mine doesn’t show up?
They may be delayed by traffic so please wait a few minutes or consult with another adorer to decide who will stay in church. If you have a cell phone, call that person (listed on the inside cover of the sign in book). If you cannot reach the next person, contact an Adoration coordinator (also listed inside the sign in book). Check if anyone in the parish office will cover for you. If you cannot reach anyone, you will need to stay until someone else arrives. This has never happened; God is looking out for us.
What if I can’t make it for my scheduled hour?
Ask another reliable person to replace you for that hour. Find a substitute for your hour on the substitute list. Call a coordinator.
What if I need to change my scheduled hour?
Call a coordinator.
Will Adoration ever be cancelled?
If there are other events in church on Tuesday, the times for Adoration will be changed. You will be notified and can come at a different time during the day. In case of severe weather or power failure, please call the church.
What is the difference between Adoration for Vocations and the weekly Adoration program?
Adoration for Vocations is organized just like a general Eucharistic Adoration program, only it has the added dimension of encouraging the lay faithful to pray for their existing priests and religious as well as for new vocations to the Church. It aims to not only enrich parish life by increasing Eucharistic devotion but also to “pray to the Lord of the harvest” for the vocations that the Church needs! It also has the incentive of being part of a world-wide network.