Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharist, is an important form of prayer and worship for Catholics. We believe that Jesus is present in the Eucharist, meaning he is truly with us under the appearance of unleavened bread. Holy Hours are the traditional time spent in prayer and worship in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Perpetual Adoration Chapel
At St. Mary, we are blessed to have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed at all times (except during Masses). Volunteers are present around the clock praying and worshiping Jesus. Because we have this special blessing in our parish, Adoration can be a central and frequent expression of devotion for our parishioners.
The Chapel is located on the northwest corner of the sanctuary and is open to the public before and after Mass times and during Confession. Parishioners who wish to access the Chapel at other times can obtain the keypad code for the west door (nearest the Chapel itself) by contacting the Parish Office at (541) 757-1988.
Become an “Regular” Adorer
Parishioners are invited become Adorers by signing up for a specific hour of Adoration. It is not necessary to make a permanent commitment–even taking an hour on a temporary basis or becoming a substitute will be a blessing to you and to our parish. Hours needing Adorers are listed in each week’s bulletin. Please contact John Kleinhenz at (541) 207-7185 to sign up.
How to Make a Holy Hour
There are many ways of making a Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament. Here are a few resources and suggestions:
- Pray an act of Spiritual Communion and ask Jesus to look into your heart and life. Sit in silence and allow the Holy Spirit to pray through you.
- Read and contemplate a scripture passage such as the daily Gospel reading. Listen for how God is speaking to your life through his word.
- Choose a devotion from this list of Holy Hour devotions from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Follow the steps from 60 Minutes with a Friend: How to Do a Holy Hour. Copies are available on the bookshelves in the back of the Chapel in both English and Spanish.
The 12 People You Meet in the Adoration Chapel
I’ve seen my fair share of adoration chapels, and they can be pretty different. You’ve got round chapels, rectangular chapels, trapezoidal chapels with a tabernacle in the far corner. There could be pews or chairs, candles or stained glass, maybe a simple, circular monstrance or an intricate wood-carved Mary-holding-Jesus monstrance (those exist, seriously).
But there’s something that always stays consistent: the types of people. Sure, there’s some variation and crossover, but these are the people you are most likely to meet no matter what chapel you visit.
1. The Novelist
They hold hands when they walk in, sit in “their spot,” pull out well-loved Rosaries, and pray under their breaths . . . sort of. It’s more of a loud murmur, a hum of Hail Mary’s said so fervently that you’re sure this couple is praying for a wayward grandchild.
Why We Love Them: When we see them in the chapel, we see an example of unmatched devotion—to the Lord and to each other. They show us the beauty of a relationship that lasts the test of time because it has its roots in prayer.
5. The Walking Library
I’d say this is pretty self-explanatory.
Why We Love Them: Priests that make time for personal prayer, in all their busyness, are examples of radical discipleship. They show us that everyone—even people who have dedicated their whole life to the Church—still have to come back to Jesus to be filled.
7. “Childlike Wonder”
Accompanying Just Plain Childlike is this adult, answering questions, calming tantrums, and even trying to sneak in their own prayers. They’ll definitely give their child(ren) some disciplinary side-eye, and will probably stare longingly at the statue of Mary holding a well-behaved baby Jesus.
Why We Love Them: This person demonstrates heroic love for their children and for the Lord. Bringing kids to a small, quiet place is no small task, so we admire parents who pursue personal holiness and model a spiritual life for their young ones.
10. The Snoozer
This guy is always in the adoration chapel, always engaged with whomever shows up, and always excited to see you. He’s pretty famous, but that doesn’t stop Him from giving you one-on-one attention. Seeing Him is sure to make your day.
Why We Love Him: He makes Himself vulnerable and available by being present under the veil of bread. We want to model our entire lives after Him—His mercy, His strength, and His love for every type of person. Whenever we go to the chapel, we are able to meet the Creator of the universe. Surely, seeing Him is worth stopping by.