Mainly what is needed for perpetual adoration or extended adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the pastor’s “Yes” to allowing this in his parish. Under the pastor’s permission, we help establish PEA/EA so that parish laity will coordinate the adoration chapel or program and usually two adorers, or at least one person, will be scheduled for every hour of exposition. This virtually alleviates extra work for parish priests and staff.
A letter of introduction to share with your parish priest to encourage and assist him:
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE INSTITUTION OF PERPETUAL ADORATION AND INCREASED PARTICIPATION IN EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:
- Pastor’s firm belief in the graces of Eucharistic Adoration and communication of these graces to his parishioners
- Primary responsibility for Eucharistic Adoration resting with a lay coordinator and a coordinating team, which report to the pastor or his designee
- Prayer for success
- Regular inspiring Eucharistic bulletin notes (We provide suggestions if you invite our apostolate to assist with your Sign-Up Weekend. Many samples are available on our website under our Coordinator & Parish Resources section.)
- Confidence in knowing that Perpetual Adoration is much easier to initiate versus a having a small schedule of adoration, occasionally or once a month.
- Inviting assistance from an experienced adoration speaker/promoter or homilist to promote adoration on sign-up weekend.
WAYS TO ESTABLISH OR INCREASE ADORATION AND SCHEDULE ADORERS:
- Invite us, to help from a distance/remotely, to organize an adoration Sign-Up weekend/mission at your parish. Parish clergy can preach the Sign-Up sermon, and/or a parishioner may be able to give an adoration appeal, that we will provide with Sign-Up Instructions. Several sample versions will be provided. At each Mass on the weekend, Invitations to commit to taking a weekly holy hour are handed out to all the faithful, along with pencils, and completed on the weekend. According to your local coronavirus legislation, other sign-up methods such as online form, website, telephone, text message, table etc. can be implemented. In addition, we provide advance instructions, all of the required organizational documents, resources and follow up. We help to recruit and train a coordinating team of laity from within each parish who will thoroughly coordinate the adoration and report back to you when requested or necessary. We can lead or provide detailed instructions for your coordinators’ organizational training meeting by phone, email or video conference.
- Or Invite us (Eucharistic clergy or a lay missionary/speaker) to visit in-person to organize an Adoration Invitation Sign-Up Weekend/mission at your parish. The rest is the same as option 1, except it can be provided in-person.
- Or find out if your diocese has appointed a local Eucharistic priest or speaker to help establish adoration in parishes or who is willing to help you to organize your Sign-Up. Parish clergy can preach the Sign-Up sermon. In 2007, the Congregation for the Clergy proposed 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.
- Or “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Sign-Up weekend. Study and use the Coordinator Resources on and linked to our website to organize your own Adoration Sign-Up weekend. Parish clergy can preach the Sign-Up sermon.
Our Eucharistic centre would be grateful to assist in establishing more adoration at your parish. Inviting our apostolate to help you, keeps the momentum going and ensures that adoration gets established and is well organized.
Pastors are amazed to find hundreds of people signing up on this weekend. The response from your Sign-Up Weekend and the parish priest’s final decision, will determine the number of days and hours that exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place, either round-the-clock or partial (part-time holy hours) perpetual adoration.
One of the reasons that aiming for PEA is best is because people will become aware that adoration is so important that the pastor and parish want to have this taking place around the clock. It is easier to get people committed to PEA than to only having some on First Fridays, because they will see that adoring Jesus is a priority, rather than a rare occasion. Having an open schedule gives everyone in the parish an opportunity to find a time that suits and is possible for them.
For more detailed simple guidelines, see the information below or click on this link:
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 below!
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 AN ADORATION INVITATION SIGN-UP WEEKEND!
With your Pastor’s permission, schedule a sign-up weekend. Ask or invite our apostolate to help you either remotely or in-person. A local Eucharistic or parish priest, missionary or one of our lay adoration speakers/evangelists will speak at all of the weekend Masses on the benefits of spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and invite people to sign up!
~ ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE ~
Organization of program
FOUR DIVISION LEADERS
Morning ~ 6 AM to 12 Noon
Afternoon ~ 12 Noon to 6 PM
Evening ~ 6 PM to 12 Midnight
Night ~ 12 Midnight to 6 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 weekend, enough copies of the invitation, from our Kit, should be made so that everyone at the weekend Masses can receive one. After the Adoration homily/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 after Holy Communion (or at the Offertory) and counted by the Missionary or Coordinator after each Mass.
The missionary or a coordinator for adoration in your parish 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 10am throughout the entire week and Mary will be the Coordinator for the Adorers from the 10am to 11am 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 sign-up weekend.
Parishes that are not large enough to have Perpetual Adoration can join together. One host Parish can satisfy the needs of several Parishes. One missionary can speak at all the Masses at the host Parish and do the same at a neighbouring Parish the following weekend. Alternatively, parish clergy can be provided with our sample sign-up sermon.
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 in a chapel. It creates an atmosphere of quiet and intimacy with Our Lord and can easily be kept warm in the winter. If the church does not have a chapel any small room can be used; a cry room, the altar boys’ sacristy, a room in the rectory. A chapel may be created by an extension outward from the church building or within the confines of the church building.” (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Handbook Guidelines) Commonly approved locations for exposition include a chapel that is distinct from the main body of the church and in the main body of the church when Mass, communal Stations of the Cross or other activities are not taking place (Code of Canon Law CIC 941§2).
COORDINATOR & PARISH RESOURCES TO START EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO START EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
A Eucharistic Adoration Starter Kit is available from us and comprises:
- Preparing for your Sign-Up Weekend
- Invitation to a Weekly Holy Hour
- Bulletin announcement
- Pre-evangelization bulletin inserts
- Suggestions for comprehensive pre-evangelization
- Ushers/Volunteers Instructions
- Sign-Up Instructions
- Sign-Up pencils in plastic bins (we supply these for proximate sign-ups)
- Organizational Guidelines – Coordinator instructions
- Division Leader Charts
- Hourly Captain Chart
- Daily schedule layout – Adoration Scheduling System
- Substitute Chart
- Testimony of favours granted
- Adorer Information Welcome Kit
- Reasons for Eucharistic Adoration
- Ways to attract more adorers
- Templates for flyers to promote your adoration chapel
- Eucharistic posters (we bring these to the weekend)
- Inspiring Eucharistic Quotes to print in bulletins after the Sign-Up weekend
For a detailed manual with guidelines, please see the section on our website: Coordinator & Parish Resources here.
Good materials for prayer and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament should be made available at the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. We offer Eucharistic printed materials and books in our ordering centre here.
O COME LET US ADORE HIM, JESUS CHRIST, OUR EUCHARISTIC LORD!
To schedule your sign-up weekend, to invite a Eucharistic missionary or lay evangelist or to obtain assistance, information and materials to start Eucharistic Adoration contact us:
Telephone: (416) 527-0839 or Toll Free 1 (800) 784-9550
For a detailed manual with guidelines, please see the section on our website: Coordinator & Parish Resources here.
Photo: sample of chapel seating with bright lighting for reading