Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

As Catholics, we believe that Jesus truly takes the form of bread and wine in the Eucharist. This is a rather bold thing to claim, and is something that makes the Catholic faith unique. It is for this reason that we find it such a privilege to be able to adore our Lord in the Eucharist, in our very own parish.

 

St. John Paul II explained, “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.”

 

At St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, we are blessed enough to have this wonderful opportunity of prayer every Tuesday from 4:00-8:00pm in the daily Mass Chapel during the school year. This is a time for prayer in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. 

 

Adoration Weekly Sign-Up

Out of reverence for Christ, we want to ensure there are always at least two people present in Adoration while the Eucharist is exposed. For this reason, we ask all parishioners to sign up for a weekly time slot.  

Please fill out this form to be added to the schedule.

Anyone may attend Adoration at any time. Please remember to check-in as a “roaming adorer” if you are not assigned to a slot.

If you are assigned to a slot and unable to attend, please email our Adoration coordinators.

 

Adoration Schedule

4:00pm – Exposition (12:30pm on Last Tuesday of Every Month)

7:00pm – Reconciliation

7:30pm – Rosary (Hosted by Catholic Daughters of the Americas)

8:00pm – Benediction

 

Information about Attending

Outside of the scheduled group prayer, the expectation at Adoration is to maintain a respectful silence. Please make sure to exit and enter quietly.

While we genuflect when passing the tabernacle, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed it is proper to “double genuflect”: genuflect on both knees and make the sign of the cross.

What to do during Adoration? Every person’s relationship with Christ is different, but here are some recommendations:

  • Lectio Divinia: Read scripture, meditate, converse with God about it, application to your life.
  • Prayer: Just talk with God. Remember there are four types of prayers (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication)! A prayer journal might help you navigate your thoughts.
  • Devotions: Liturgy of the Hours / Divine Office, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, "Jesus" Prayer, Seven Sorrows of Mary, etc.
  • Holy Study: find a religious book that deepens your understanding of Christ or His Church. Lives of the Saints and books written by saints are good here.

If you have any questions, please email our Adoration coordinators.

Thank you and we hope to see you in Adoration!