Adoration & Prayer Opportunites
Come spend time with Jesus! Who better to spend time with? He is ready to sit with you and to speak to you. Can you come spend 10 or 20 or 30 or 60 minutes with Him? He would love to see you!
Eucharistic Adoration is offered every Monday - Friday from 12:30 - 6:30 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday evenings until 8:30 p.m. Parishioners and friends are invited to spend time sitting and praying before the Blessed Sacrament.
God is not outside of us, apart from us, but within us. He is a presence, present to us. God is total presence and relationship. He is love, always bringing us to His fullness of presence and relationship. Prayer is an entering into His love, into His presence, allowing Him to enter our presence and love. God's presence is always a gift, continually being given. He cannot be otherwise for He is love; and each of us is an act of His love. We are His image, we are like Him. There is a secret, a hidden self in us; it is Himself.
Jesus' love penetrates us. His presence enables us to have greater presence and consciousness, greater and greater love. There is no limit to the cumulative presence of love which sustains the deeper life. So, we are to "pray without ceasing." Christ calls. We respond. It is through prayer that we hear the whispers of our Lord's call within us. Where we come to know Him; to know His love.
What is Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? When the Blessed Sacrament—that is, the Eucharist—is publicly presented in a monstrance, a sacred vessel meant to display the Eucharist, we call this Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics, this tradition has been carried on through the centuries, and St. Regis continues it to today.
What are the benefits of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
Our current group of regularly scheduled Adorers have told us repeatedly that during Adoration they experience the love and mercy of God with blessings pouring down upon them. In the busyness and distraction of life it is good for us to commit to spending some consistent quiet time with Jesus to pray for ourselves, for others, and for the St. Regis community.
How can I participate in Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?
Now is a perfect time to add this type of prayer to our lives. What a difference it would make for the parish and for ourselves, if everyone came to Exposition and Adoration at some point during the week!. Whether you stop in for ten minutes while waiting for children to be dismissed from school, for half an hour before a meeting at the parish, on your way home from work, or for a regularly scheduled hour each week, the fruits of spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament are innumerable.
Sit and pray quietly. Pray the rosary. Bring prayer intentions before the Lord. Gaze on His presence. Meditate on the upcoming Sunday readings (books are in the chapel pews). Bring a book for spiritual reading. Whatever you do, it is a time to be with the risen Jesus in a special way; to experience his merciful presence that calms minds and hearts, heals wounds, and open us to the Spirit.
How do I sign up for a regularly scheduled time?
To guarantee Adoration times, we do need regularly scheduled Adorers. If you are willing to consider a regularly-scheduled time, download and fill out the Adoration Sign up Form and return in in the Sunday collection or to the Parish Office. You will then be contacted by one of us. If you invite your spouse, family members, or friends to sign up with you for the same hour, you can split up your scheduled time among yourselves.
Currently, our Eucharistic Adoration hours are from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended time till 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. We still have need of more scheduled adorers for a number of those hours, but we would also like to see if further extended hours might better fit your schedule — extending to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday as well as opening up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please pray about it
The historical origin of the rosary lies in the ancient fathers of the Church and throughout the Middle Ages. Rooted in the memorization of the Psalms, hermits who couldn't recite all 150 Pslams turned to smaller prayers to fulfill their spiritual obligations. Eventually, a tradition of prayer based on the mysteries of Jesus' life emerged and the Rosary developed into the tradition it is today. St. Dominic in the 12th century is credited with its popularity. The Rosary continues to be a venerable treasure in the Church, focusing on the life of Christ through the lens of Mary, his mother.
Has it been a while since you have prayed the rosary? Do you pray the rosary daily? Would you like to learn how to pray the rosary? We welcome you to join us in the church each day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday immediately following the 8:30 Mass as together we pray the rosary.
In addition, the Knights of Columbus pray the Rosary when there is a 5th Sunday of the month after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome.
Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10
Would you like to explore another way to pray? Come join one of our Christian Meditation groups as we pray this silent, imageless, contemplative prayer on Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Wednesday mornings 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. All are welcome; we meet in the Parish Office Center. For more information on this worldwide movement, go to the website.
“The all important aim in Christian Meditation is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are….” ~John Main, OSB