Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Eucharistic Adoration hours:

Monday:  6pm – 9pm (Church)
:  8am-12pm (Church); 12pm-9pm (Chapel)
Wednesday:  10am-9pm (Chapel)
Thursday:  8am-12pm (Church); 12pm-9pm (Chapel)
Friday:  8am-12pm (Church); 12pm-9pm (Chapel)


Eucharistic Adoration Holiday Break Schedule

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Eucharistic Adoration

Saint Cecilia Parish has honored the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament by adoration since December 9, 1996. We are need of new adorers. To schedule a weekly hour, please click here.  To see hours we currently need adorers, please click here and sign up.

What is Eucharistic Adoration? 

The Eucharist is adored whenever parishioners and visitors worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the Host consecrated at Mass. The greatest act of Christian worship is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus does not leave His Church when Mass is completed. He continues to remain in the Tabernacle. His Presence is indicated by the red lamp lit nearby. Only your desire is necessary for you to have a personal audience with Our Lord Jesus, reposed in the tabernacle. 

St. Cecilia Parish also offers scheduled Eucharistic Adoration, when Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance. The monstrance is a holy object specially designed so the Blessed Sacrament is visible to all who come to worship Him. When the consecrated Host is in the monstrance, at least one person, and preferably two, MUST remain with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to worship Him and also to act as His guardian. These persons are called adorers. 

St. Cecilia offers scheduled Eucharistic Adoration at the times and locations listed at the top of this page. 

Adorers are required to social distance and wipe their area before they leave. As per the Archbishop, masks are required inside the building. Additional adorers are needed to fill some of the scheduled hours. Please sign up here

What is the Purpose of Eucharistic Adoration?

— Recognize publicly the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
— Offer reparation for the many sins committed against God and the sacredness of all life.
— Form a habit of daily prayer and silence.
— Listen to what God is saying to you.

How Many Persons are Needed for Scheduled Eucharistic Adoration? 

At least one person, and preferably two or more, are needed for each hour that Jesus is exposed in the monstrance. The people present are not only adorers, but also guardians of the Blessed Sacrament. When two or more people are scheduled at anhour, each adorer is expected to attend that hour each week. However, when one of those adorers is not able to attend their hour, they only need to contact another adorer assigned to the same hour to ensure that someone will be there and the hour will still  be covered.

What is Required of the Assigned Adorer? 

Each assigned adorer selects one hour during the week. They promise to keep this same hour covered each week, 52 weeks a year. Assistance is available when help is needed to find a substitute. In our human lives we set up a regular pattern of actions. We have certain hours for meals, housework, shopping, TV, work, sleep, playtime, etc. It is not really difficult to set aside the “Lord’s Hours.” We all make time for someone we love and this Someone is Jesus! 

Which Hour Should I Choose? 

You should choose an hour that realistically fits your weekly schedule and sign up here.

If your schedule is flexibke click here to see the hours of greatest need. You can sign up directly from that page. Alternately, you can email or call a Division Leader or the Head Coordinator. Their contact information is listed at the bottom of this page. Once you have chosen an hour and submitted your request, you will be contacted to arrange for a 10-15 minute orientation, most likely at your first hour of Eucharistic Adoration. 

Is An Attendance Record Kept? 

A registry book is kept in both the Church vestibule and the Chapel. When the adorer arrives, they sign in at that time for the hour they are spending with the Lord. When they leave, they again note the time. This record is checked from time to time. 

Is There a Break in Scheduled Eucharistic Adoration for Holidays? 

There are some holy days/holidays when St. Cecilia’s takes a break from scheduled Eucharistic Adoration. The dates and times of the breaks can be seen here.  The Chapel remains open at all times, including scheduled breaks. When, however, there is not scheduled Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel, the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle. Between 10 pm and 6 am every night/early morning, access to the Chapel is only through the exterior door south of the Chapel using a keypad code. Please contact the Parish Office at 233-3092 during business hours, if you would like to visit the Chapel during the listed overnight hours. 

What if I Get Sick, or There is a Blizzard? 

If you are unable to attend your hour, please check with another adorer scheduled at your hour. As long as one scheduled adorer can attend the hour, there is no need to find a substitute. If none of the scheduled adorers is able to attend, there is a system in place to assist you. There are 2 division leaders (DL’s), one for the hours of 8 am to 3 pm, and one for 3 pm to 9 pm. It is the assigned DL’s responsibility to assist adorers in finding a substitute. The DL’s are listed below. Every new adorer receives training and materials at their orientation session so they know the procedures and who to contact for assistance. 

In case of inclement weather, Eucharistic Adoration will be automatically suspended if St. Cecilia school is cancelled for the day. If school is delayed, Eucharistic Adoration will begin at 12 pm noon that day. If there is an early dismissal, the affected adorers will be contacted and there will not be Eucharistic Adoration until the following day’s scheduled start time. In addition, there may be other circumstances that do not follow these guidelines when Eucharistic Adoration is suspended. 

In the case of a suspension of Eucharistic Adoration, the Parish Office will be notified and the website updated. Affected Adorers will be notified by text or email using the “Remind” app. All new adorers receive an invitation to join “Remind”. Adorers may alternately choose to be notified by phone. If adorers have concerns about the weather, and they have not been contacted, they may contact their Division Leader or the head coordinator listed below to alert them to possible bad weather/road conditions. 

Must Certain Prayers Be Said During the Weekly Hour? 

No. You are free to use the time as you wish. We highly recommend the practice of silence, listening to God, peaceful prayer, the rosary, and the use of Sacred Scripture. Bibles and books related to Eucharistic Adoration are available in the Sacristy library for use during your time at the Chapel. Materials may also be checked out from the St. Cecilia library in the St. Francis Room (located off the hallway east of the Social Hall). 

What Have Others Said About Eucharistic Adoration? 

“The greatest love story in the world begins with a little white host!”  –Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

“When we remain in silence before the Blessed Sacrament, it is Christ totally and really present whom we discover, whom we adore and with whom we are in contact.”  –St. John Paul II 

“It was not until we began our daily Holy Hour that our community started to grow and blossom. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.” –St. Teresa of Calcutta 

“If we really loved the good Lord, we should make it our joy and happiness to come and spend a few moments to adore Him and ask Him for the grace of forgiveness and we should regard those moments as the happiest of our lives.” –St. John Vianney 

“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find honor, fidelity, romance and glory and the true way of all your loves upon earth.” –J.R.R. Tolkien 

“Let us never forget that an age prospers or dwindles in proportion to its devotion to the Holy Eucharist. This is the measure of its spiritual life and its faith; of its clarity and its virtue.” –St. Peter Julian Eymard 

“When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”  –St. Teresa of Calcutta 

“You may be sure that of all the moments of your life, the time you spend before the Divine Sacrament, will be that which will give you more strength and more consolation at the hour of your death and during eternity.” –St. Alphonsus Ligouri 

Division Leaders: 

8 am – 3 pm Carole Barragy 515-669-2937
3 pm – 9 pm Kathy Ridnour 515-460-3290 

Head Coordinator: 

Cyndi Volcko 515-451-4749