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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?

Parishioners and visitors coming to worship Jesus in the Chapel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Only your desire is necessary for you to have a personal audience with Him. 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.  The Burke Chapel is open 24 hours a day and all are welcome in the Chapel for personal prayer and celebrations of scheduled daily Masses. Between 10 pm and 6 am, the Chapel is accessible only by keypad at the exterior doors just south of the Chapel. Please call the Parish Office 233-3092 if you would like to use the Chapel during these hours. Beginning Sunday at 6pm and continually day and night through Saturdays at 12 pm noon , Saint Cecilia Parish offers Eucharistic Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance.  In this way, people coming to the Chapel during these times are “face-to-face” with Jesus.What is the Purpose of Eucharistic Adoration?

  • Recognize continually and 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.


What Are the Benefits and Results of Eucharistic Adoration?

  • An increased reception and reverence of the Holy Eucharist.
  • An increase of vocations to Priesthood and the Religious life.
  • Alone time with your Lord and God.
  • Strengthening of faith and love within your family.
  • By listening to God’s words, we can learn what His plan is for us to do in life.


Who May Participate?

Everyone over the age of 16 is welcome to sign up for an hour.  Children are encouraged to accompany their parents so they will be Eucharistically devoted as adults.

How Many Persons are Needed to Conduct 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 an hour, 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, for 52 weeks a year.  Assistance is available when help is needed finding a substitute. In our human lives we set up a regular pattern of actions.  We have certain hours for meals, housework, shopping, T.V., 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 into your schedule.  The time from 12 AM to 6 AM is the greatest sacrifice for many, but the rewards are even greater.  We are always looking for volunteers and substitutes for this particular, very quiet, relaxing and precious time before the Lord. If you can be somewhat flexible, the Divisional Leaders and Head Coordinator will inform you of the hours of greatest need.  Their names and phone numbers are provided at the end of this page.  Please phone the Divisional Leader for the time frame you are most interested in, or the Head Coordinator if you are unsure.  They will help you choose an hour and go through a short orientation process with you.

“I Am Not Sure That I Can Keep the Same Hour Each Week.”

In our human lives we set up a regular pattern of actions.  We have certain hours for meals, housework, shopping, TV, work, sleep, 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!

Is An Attendance Record Kept?

A registry book is kept in the sacristy.  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.  A volunteer checks the sign-in book regularly.

Is there a Break in scheduled Eucharistic Adoration for Holidays?

There are 7 holy days/holidays when Saint Cecilia’s takes a break from scheduled Eucharistic Adoration.  The dates and times of the breaks can be seen below and in the Chapel Sacristy.  The Chapel remains open during scheduled breaks, however the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle.

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

If a list of the possible obstacles was made before any good work was begun, it would never be started.  However, if you are unable to attend your hour, there is a system in place to assist you.  There are 4 divisional leaders (DL’s) , one for each 6 hour segment of the day, 12 am midnight to 6 am (Night DL), 6 am to 12 pm noon (Morning DL), 12 pm noon to 6 pm (Afternoon DL) and 6 pm to 12 am midnight (Evening DL).   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 so they know the procedures and who to contact for assistance. In case of inclement weather, the Eucharistic Adoration schedule 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 after the following day’s 8 am Mass.  If there are circumstances that do not follow these guidelines, a decision may still be reached that Eucharistic Adoration needs to be suspended.  In that case, an attempt will be made to contact all affected adorers.  Messages will be left on machines/voice mail, if possible.  The Parish Office and the website will be notified.  Additionally, if adorers have concerns about the weather and they have not been contacted, they may contact their Divisional Leader or the head coordinator, Cyndi Volcko 451-4749.

Does the Priest Supervise the Assignment of Hours?

No.  This is the responsibility of the Divisional Leaders and the Head Coordinator.  They also publicize and promote Eucharistic Adoration and assist new adorers in getting started.

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 Saint Cecilia library in the Saint Francis Room (located off the hallway east of the Social hall).

Who promotes Eucharistic Adoration?

Anyone who has reaped the benefits of having their petitions placed in the prayer book and receiving an answer.  It is the responsibility of all adorers to help others to experience the joy and benefit of a weekly holy hour.

What do others say 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.” Pope 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.” Mother 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.” Mother 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


Divisional Leaders:

12AM – 6AM   Pat Mize  232-8661
6AM – 12PM   Carole Barragy  669-2937
12PM – 6PM   Kathy Ridnour   460-3290
6PM – 12AM   Cyndi Volcko 451-4749

Head Coordinator:

Cyndi Volcko    451-4749