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Lenten Eucharistic Adoration Sign-Up Weekend 
February 22-23 

Are you tired of giving up chocolate for Lent and craving something more meaningful to increase your faith and grow closer to Jesus?  St. Cecilia’s has been blessed with Eucharist Adoration in the Burke Memorial Chapel for the past 23 years.  The 6 weeks of Lent is a great time to try this wonderful prayer practice and then decide whether to continue.   Spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has been a time of abundant peace, growth, strength and more to our hundreds of regular Adorers.

 

Tom Stark:
“My Adoration time from midnight until 1 AM on Friday mornings has become the very favorite hour of my week!  I think, I plan, I listen, I pray, I rest, I hope, I read, I write, I center, I recharge, I ask and I receive.  There is so much chaos, evil and strife in our society, and I see our merry band of Chapel-goers as a prayerful tag-team for good in this crazy, mixed-up world! There is such deep, personal bliss to be found by sitting in front of Jesus and telling Him what is on my mind.  And more importantly, I feel like He reminds me of what is most important, with my wife and family, my work and my friends, and anyone I might encounter.”

Sara Rooney:
“The contentment and safety I feel in the chapel during Adoration feels like being in a loved one’s home.  Being able to spend an hour with Jesus and the peace and solace that comes with that gives me strength for my week. To sit with Jesus in the silence does not feel like an obligation, but a privilege.”

Joe Baumgarten
“I’ve been a “pretty good Catholic” all my life:  Catholic schools, Mass on Sundays, volunteering in various roles, an ok prayer life, etc.  I knew that St. Cecilia’s has a Eucharistic Adoration program, but I never thought it was for me — I’m not THAT holy.  Besides, I’m way too busy. And what in the world would I do for a whole hour in there? Then one evening at a Man-Up meeting, the emcee announced that there was a shortage of Adorers, especially at the late night hours.  I felt a bit of a “tug”. I tried hard to ignore it, but it wouldn’t go away. I said yes, but only on a trial basis.  I accepted Tuesday mornings from 3 – 4 a.m.  I found another man at the meeting that night who agreed to partner with me at that time with two weeks on, two weeks off. The very first night I went, I wasn’t sure what to do, so I followed the “beginner’s guide” that the adoration coordinator gave me.  One of the suggestions was to pray for the health of your family. My elderly father hadn’t been feeling well that day, so I prayed to Jesus for healing for him.  The rest of the hour I said a few more prayers, studied the readings for Sunday and did some other reading.  The hour went by surprisingly fast! That afternoon, my mother called me.  She said that Dad had woken up in the middle of the night with chest pains.  She took him into the ER. They got his heart back to normal with some medication and sent him home.  He is doing fine now, she said. On a lark, I asked, “What time did all of that happen, Mom?” “Oh, around 3 a.m. this morning.” “Do you know where I was at 3 a.m. this morning, Mom?” “No, where were you?”  “I was at Eucharistic Adoration, praying for Dad.” I can’t promise you that you’ll have that kind of response on your first time, but I can promise you that you will find this time incredibly peaceful, recharging, moving, enlightening, rewarding, and powerful.  I often completely lose track of the time, and I am so surprised to hear the next Adorer come in for the 4 a.m. shift. And when I have my two weeks off, I find I’m craving the spiritual recharge that I get from my two weeks on! This quote from St. Alphonsus Liguouri perfectly sums it all up! “Be assured that the time that you will spend with devotion before the Most Divine Sacrament will be the most profitable to you in life, and the source of your greatest consolation in death and eternity.” I can 100% attest to his first promise, and have great hopes for the second!”

Choose an hour, day or night,  that works best for your schedule, or if you can be flexible, choose an hour from our prioritized list of needed adorers.  There are 7 holiday breaks throughout the year and breaks for inclement weather, as well. The Eucharistic Adoration leaders will arrange a brief orientation and your start date, as well as provide substitute support when needed.  

Stop by the table after Masses Feb 22-23 OR click on the Eucharistic Adoration icon on the parish website: www.stceciliaparish.org OR send an email to: adoration@stceciliaparish.org