Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is extended exposition of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament where at least one person is present. Mainly what is needed is the pastor’s “Yes” to allowing PEA/EA in his parish. Under the pastor’s permission, we can help establish PEA/EA so that parish laity will coordinate the adoration chapel or program. This alleviates virtually any extra work for parish priests and staff.
St. Raphael’s, Burlington, ON
WAYS FOR PASTORS/PARISHES TO START OR BOOST PEA/EA:
A chapel/room can be set up and a Monstrance is placed on an Altar. In some parishes, an exposition-Monstrance is secured behind unbreakable plexiglass with closing wooden Tabernacle-like doors in an adoration chapel. For example, this takes place in a chapel at Martyrs Shrine in Midland, Ontario during the months of the year when they are open. The pastor can teach people the value of prayer and adoration and invite and encourage them to visit the chapel. Schedule adorers to cover hours. Keep the chapel open for people to come and adore whenever they want. When the chapel is open, visitors can drop in to pray at any time that suits their schedule.
Here are some photos of a parish chapel in Ontario, Canada with wooden doors covering a secured Monstrance:
In this photo, the doors have been closed since no adorer is present:
Here are some ways for pastors/parishes to schedule adorers to start PEA/EA. Contact us to:
- Invite a Eucharistic/missionary priest for an Adoration Sign-Up mission/weekend. There are some options, including Eucharistic priests in Canada.
- Invite a Eucharistic lay evangelist for an Adoration Sign-Up weekend. Some are available in Canada.
- Invite our apostolate to guide you from a distance to organize your Sign-Up weekend. One of your parish priests or deacons can preach a Sign-Up homily that we can provide. We can provide your coordinators’ organizational training meeting in person or via Skype.
- Find out if your diocese has appointed a local Eucharistic priest to establish adoration sites or who is willing to preach and help you to organize your Sign-Up.
- “Do It Yourself” (DIY) – Study and use the Coordinator Resources on and linked to our website and organize your Sign-Up weekend.
Upon request, we can send a digital start-up or booster kit for the above options.
Please click on the link below for the detailed suggestions and instructions on:
Ask Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament to intercede for this grace for your parish! Invite others to join you in praying for this intention! Contact us for a Eucharistic Adoration Starter Kit! Review the materials in the Kit, as well as, the structure and information in this pamphlet!
Talk and share with others about Eucharistic Adoration! Invite those who are interested to help organize and participate in this mission! The laity coordinates Adoration! It therefore should not add to the many responsibilities of the Pastor and his assistants! Virtually the only responsibility that the Pastor would have is to change the Sacred Host once a month!
SCHEDULE A MISSIONARY OR INVITE OUR APOSTOLATE TO HELP YOU!
With your Pastor’s permission, schedule a missionary or lay evangelist to come to your parish! The missionary will speak at the weekend Masses on the benefits of spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and will invite people to sign up!
~ ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE ~
Organization of program
FOUR DIVISION LEADERS
Morning ~ 6:00 am to 12 Noon
Afternoon ~ 12 Noon to 6:00 pm
Evening ~ 6:00 pm to 12 Midnight
Night ~ 12 Midnight to 6:00 am
General oversight of time divisions
Each division leader oversees 6 hourly captains in his time division
24 HOURLY CAPTAINS
Contact Person responsible for one hour ~ 7 days a week
Ensures that the hour is always attended and helps find a substitute, if someone cannot make his or her Holy Hour
DISTRIBUTE THE INVITATIONS
Before the missionary or lay evangelist’s arrival, enough copies of the invitation, from our Kit, should be made so that everyone at the weekend Masses can receive one. After the missionary’s talk at Mass, invitations and pencils are distributed by the ushers. Parishioners write their name and telephone number on the invitation. They also check off the time of day (morning, afternoon, evening or night) that they want to make their Holy Hour. They may also check a space if they are interested in helping to organize the program. The invitations are collected at the Offertory and counted by the Missionary or Coordinator after each Mass.
The missionary or coordinator sorts the collected invitations into five groups, according to the time-divisions checked off (morning, afternoon, evening, night or not checked off). The Coordinator needs to make a typed list of all those who have signed up for a Holy Hour. Each of the four Division Leaders fills out the hourly schedule for their time division. They call the people who have signed up to reconfirm their hour and put their name and telephone number on the Division Leader Chart. Use pencil, because there may be changes before the schedule is complete.
ESTABLISH THE SCHEDULE
Begin by calling the people who specified a day and hour. Then, call those who offered to make their Holy Hour anytime to fill in the open hours. The following guidelines are helpful:
• Thank them for wanting to spend ‘an hour with Jesus’ each week.
• Confirm the day and hour requested, and/or ask whether they would be willing to take an hour that is opened.
• Be encouraging and supportive. Share with them the many blessings that come from their Holy Hour and that they will look forward to coming each week.
• If there is a need, ask if they would like to be an Hourly Coordinator and/or if they would be willing to take more than one Holy Hour a week.
• Record their address so that a mailing list may be compiled.
After the schedule is completed, have typewritten copies made for the Pastor, Coordinator and Adoration Chapel. The Division Leaders need 24 Hourly Captains to be in charge of each one of the 24 hours of the day throughout the entire week. Each Division Leader will fill out an Hourly Captain Chart for each of the six Hourly Captains in their time division and give a copy to each one. Each Hourly Captain is the contact person for their Division Leader.
As Hourly Captains, for instance, Joseph will be the Coordinator of the Adorers from 9:00 am to 10:00 am throughout the entire week and Mary will be the Coordinator for the Adorers from the 10:00 am to 11:00 am time slot, etc. The Hourly Captain will call each Adorer on their list before Adoration begins to tell them the:
• Starting date
• Location of Chapel
• Parking arrangements
• Location of Rest Room
• Security arrangements
• Location and use of telephone
• Adorers preceding and following their Holy Hour
• How to obtain a Substitute
• Name and phone number of Hourly Captain and Division Leader
The following should be explained to each Adorer:
• The importance of their Holy Hour
• The necessity of signing in and out of the register book so that the Pastor is assured that each hour is covered.
• The Blessed Sacrament should not be left alone. As Guardians they need to stay until the next Adorer arrives. Explain the procedure in case of an emergency.
• If an Adorer is unable to keep his or her appointment with Our Lord, they should first contact their prayer partner for that hour.
• If this fails they should try to find a Substitute, then call the Hourly Captain or the Division Leader.
Once the schedule is set, the Division Leaders and Hourly Captains call a meeting to familiarize themselves with their responsibilities and have a clear understanding of their duties. Eucharistic Adoration should begin within two to four weeks after the Missionary’s visit.
Parishes that are not large enough to have Perpetual Adoration can join together. One host Parish can satisfy the needs of several Parishes. Our missionary can speak at all the Masses at the host Parish and do the same at a neighbouring Parish the following weekend.
WHAT THE LAITY CAN DO TO EVANGELIZE
• Educate yourself about the benefits of and reasons for Perpetual Adoration.
• Talk to the parishioners who have not signed up and invite them to participate in spending one hour each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
• Place announcements in parish bulletins.
• Give video presentations on Eucharistic Adoration.
• Have a lending library with books and audios.
• Pass out pamphlets, prayer cards or newsletters.
• Put up some posters.
• Call your friends and invite them and their families to Eucharistic Adoration.
• Make home and neighbouring parish visits.
• Use networking.
• Give presentations to existing organizations in the parish (i.e. Legion of Mary, Altar Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, prayer groups etc).
• Ask Adorers, who are already signed up, to take an extra Holy Hour each week.
LOCATION FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
The best location for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a Chapel. A Chapel can be kept warm in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. It creates an atmosphere for quiet intimacy with the Lord. People generally feel more secure in a smaller place. If the Church does not have a Chapel, any small room can be converted into one. A Sacristy, Crying Room, Baptistery or even a room in the Rectory, Convent or School, are all suitable locations for a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.
MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO START EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
A Eucharistic Adoration Starter Kit is available from us and comprises:
• Reasons for Eucharistic Adoration
• Bulletin announcement
• Coordinator instructions
• Division Leader Chart
• Hourly Captain Chart
• Daily schedule layout
• Substitute Chart
• Testimony of favours granted
Good materials for prayer and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament should be made available at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.
O COME LET US ADORE HIM, JESUS CHRIST, OUR EUCHARISTIC LORD!
To schedule or invite a missionary or lay evangelist or to obtain assistance, information and materials for starting Eucharistic Adoration please contact us.
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
PO Box 74511, 270 The Kingsway
Telephone: (416) 527-0839
How two lay people got Eucharistic Adoration started in their small parish:
or the same program is posted here at:
Here is a link for inspiring homilies and talks provided by some of the Eucharistic priests who visits parishes for Sign-Up weekends to start perpetual adoration:
Below are some public domain Youtube videos:
See also our other website at: https://apostolate.wixsite.com/peace
Holy Rosary, Milton, ON