My God, my God, You are my God,
Earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,
My whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary,
I have beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
My lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, And in your name, I will lift up my hands. [PS 63]
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The hustle and bustle of life can be daunting. Life just flies by. May I suggest something that has helped me in a small way to put God first and has also helped me with my challenges by better focusing my trust in the Lord. I want to challenge you to look into your hearts and busy schedules. Can you see your way to spend an hour a week giving praise to God by supporting Eucharistic Adoration? Personally, I have found Eucharistic Adoration to be a wonderfully peaceful and very rewarding experience that I look forward to on a weekly basis.
In addition to the opportunity to give thanks and praise to the Almighty, the silence provides me that quiet time to listen to my conscience, what I sometimes like to think is the Holy Spirit working. If you’re not sure you would want to do an hour maybe you can support a half hour, sharing an hour slot with another person. If you want to try it for a while before committing for a specific hour during the week there is always a need for substitutes.
Adoration at St. Joseph's Church takes place daily from 6:00 a.m. until midnight (except during liturgies). For information, to sign up, and to obtain access to the Chapel of Adoration, please contact Mrs. Sue Waterstraat at this e-mail address:<firstname.lastname@example.org>
The following hours are currently not covered on a regular basis. You are welcome to sign up as a weekly adorer for one or more of these hours; or you can sign up as a substitute as your schedule permits:
- : 9–10pm
- : ; ; .7–8pm
- : ; ; 3
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- Substitutes are always needed—most especially in the winter when many adorers fly south.
If any of the hours above fit your schedule but not weekly; but you could come once or twice a month, that is an option, as well. Or, maybe you have a family member or friend who would like to share an hour of Adoration with you? (You are evangelizing when you invite someone to come to Adoration.)
If you would like to take a look at St. Joseph's adoration chapel without making a commitment, please contact contact Mrs. Sue Waterstraat at <email@example.com> for access.
"Closeness to the Eucharistic Christ in silence and contemplation does not distance us from our contemporaries but, on the contrary, makes us open to human joy and distress, broadening our hearts on a global scale. Through adoration the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the gospel. Anyone who prays to the Eucharistic Savior draws the whole world with him and raises it to God." John Paul II (Letter to the Bishop of Liège, Reported in L'Osservatore. Romano, 1996)