Many thanks for the past and ongoing efforts to promote and generate adoration across Canada of Canadians such as Cardinal Marc Ouelett, Cardinal Gerald La Croix, +Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop Michael Miller, Archbishop Terrance Prendergast, Canadian Bishops, clergy, religious and laity.
Pastoral Letter on Eucharistic Adoration from His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet:
Upon retirement, Bishop Lacey enjoyed praying for three hours each day at St. Pascal Baylon Perpetual Adoration chapel near his apartment. He firmly urged and requested PEA be started in every parish.
His Eminence “Cardinal Collins would like this in all parishes” (Archdiocese of Toronto, August 2017, Cardinal’s Office). Since his installment as Archbishop of Toronto in 2007, he asks that his pastors start Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. He even requested this at his very first meetings with all his priests. One of those meetings he chose to hold at Transfiguration of Our Lord in Etobicoke, ON. This parish has had round the clock adoration since we helped organize a Sign-Up weekend there in the Jubilee Year 2000. His Eminence then met in person with a Eucharistic missionary that started about 100 adoration sites with our assistance. His Eminence gave a blessing upon these apostolic efforts, encouraging us to get out there and start more chapels. In addition, Cardinal Collins personally requested an adoration chapel in Scarborough be restarted. We helped organize a Sign-Up weekend there and got the chapel reopened.
Upon request, we will provide more documents to help bishops and dioceses to increase adoration. Here are some helpful ideas:
We can provide assistance with the implementation of the following plan of action provided by the Congregation for the Clergy for the establishment and maintenance of Eucharistic Adoration in parishes:
Promotion of Continuous Eucharistic Adoration In Diocese For The Benefit of Priests and Priestly Vocations
CONGREGATIO PRO CLERICIS
Explanatory note to help promote the practice of continuous Eucharistic adoration in dioceses (parishes, rectories, chapels, monasteries, convents, seminaries) for the benefit of priests and priestly vocations
In his Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI concretized the perennial teaching of the Church on the centrality of Eucharistic adoration in ecclesial life by a direct appeal addressed to all pastors, bishops, priests, as well as the People of God, for perpetual Eucharistic adoration: “With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church’s pastors and to the People of God the practice of Eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. (194) Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist. (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 67)
In order to support the Holy Father’s appeal, the Congregation for the Clergy, in its own solicitousness for the presbyterate, proposes that:
- Each diocese appoint a priest who will devote himself full time – as far as possible – to the specific ministry of promoting Eucharistic adoration and coordinating this important service in the diocese. Dedicating himself generously to this ministry, this priest will be able to live this particular dimension of liturgical, theological, spiritual and pastoral life, possibly in a place specifically set aside for this purpose by the bishop himself, where the faithful will benefit from perpetual Eucharistic adoration. Just as there are Marian Shrines, with rectors in charge of that particular ministry and suitable for its specific needs, it is also possible to have “Eucharistic shrines” – with priests in charge of them – which radiate and foster the special love that the Church has for the Holy Eucharist, worthily celebrated and continuously adored. Such ministry within the presbyterate will remind all diocesan priests, as Benedict XVI said, that “the secret of their sanctification lies precisely in the Eucharist.(…) The priest must be first and foremost an adorer who contemplates the Eucharist” (Angelus, 18 September2005); Specific places are to be reserved for continuous Eucharistic adoration. To that end, parish priests, rectors, and chaplains are encouraged to introduce the practice of Eucharistic adoration in their communities, both personally and communally,in a collective effortto enhance prayer life. Let everyone be involved, beginning with children preparing for First Holy Communion;
- The dioceses that are interested in this project might look for appropriate donations in order to organize continuous Eucharistic adoration in the seminary, in parishes, rectories, oratories, shrines, monasteries, and convents. Divine Providence will surely assist in finding benefactors who are willing to contribute toward suitable works to set in motion this project of Eucharistic renewal for the particular Churches, specifically: the construction or adaptation of a place of worship for adoration within a large worship building; the purchase of a solemn monstrance or a noble liturgical vestment; and the funding of liturgical-pastoral-spiritual material for such promotion;
- Initiatives directed at local clergy, especially those relating to the continuing formation of priests, should be always permeated by a Eucharistic spirit, specifically devoting a suitable time to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, so that it may become– together with the Holy Mass – the driving force for each individual and communitarian undertaking;
- The modalities for Eucharistic adoration in different places may be diverse, according to the circumstances. For example:
- perpetual Eucharistic adoration throughout the 24 hour day;
- extended Eucharistic adoration, beginning in the early hours of the morning and continuing until the evening;
- daily Eucharistic adoration during specific hours;
- Eucharistic adoration during one or more days of the week during specific hours;
- Eucharistic adoration for special circumstances, such as feast days and anniversaries.
The Congregation for the Clergy expresses its gratitude in advance to those Ordinaries who will become promoters of this project, one that is certain to renew the spirituality of both the clergy and the People of God in their particular Churches.
In order to more closely follow the development of this important appeal of the Holy Father, the individual Ordinaries interested in the initiative are kindly requested to keep this Dicastery informed of developments related to continuous Eucharistic adoration in their dioceses, indicating especially which priests and places are involved in this important apostolate.
Should further clarification on this matter be necessary, the Congregation for the Clergy stands ready to provide it.
From the Vatican, 8 December 2007
Solemnity of the of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Help, resources and training can be made available for local clergy to fulfil the ministry of starting adoration chapels in parishes in their own dioceses.
Only ordained clergy can provide a homily. Lay evangelists are able to provide a Sign-Up Invitation at Masses. There is a separate Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration in Ireland that has the approbation of their national conference of bishops. It starts viable adoration programs (part-time or round the clock hours) in dioceses (expanding into Scotland and Wales) with the help of adoration presenters/organizers who visit the parishes to coordinate Sign-Ups: http://eucharisticadoration.ie/about-us/
Pastors who start PEA see how great it is and then when they are transferred to new parishes, they start new chapels. If any clergy who already have PEA in their parishes or are retired and want to help start it by being a guest homilist at a Sign-Up weekend, please feel welcome to collaborate with us or others. We are grateful to network with priests or laity who are willing and able to help in their area or elsewhere.
We thank all of the religious men and woman who are praying for the generation of Eucharistic Adoration and inviting people to adoration in their communities.
The following message also refers to the above recommendations from the Congregation for the Clergy:
That evening I asked him to pray for me in a special way on the day of my priestly ordination, which would take place a few days later on the feast of Corpus Christi …
May every bishop, diocese, pastor, clergy, religious and the laity in Canada do all they can to increase the number of parishes and Christian communities with PEA/EA!
In the USA, most dioceses already have a diocesan directory of all the adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament taking places in parishes on their website. Canada needs to grow in this promotional initiative.
Here is an example of what one diocese has done: