Our parish has enjoyed the spiritual fruits of Eucharistic Adoration since its establishment twenty-eight years ago by Msgr. Edward O'Keefe of happy memory. This practice has been a great gift to the parish and wider community, but it is also a challenge to sustain—there is the need to have the
participation of the faithful as well as the vigilant care due to maintain
to the Blessed Sacrament. Over the years, this practice has been adjusted to meet these challenges. At its inception, this practice enjoyed the participation of hundreds of committed parishioners so that adoration could be undertaken around the clock. With the passage of time, numbers have waned and the hours of adoration were shortened. The practice also moved from the church to the chapel of Mary's Haven.
We have come to another moment of adjustment. We must address concerns that have been raised regarding the current arrangement for adoration. The first is the lower numbers of people participating. Another concern is the chapel's location—its remoteness on the parish campus hinders attendance, especially at night. Moreover, it does not lend itself to a consistent and careful vigilance of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Thursday, September 19, clergy and laity gathered for an informative and helpful meeting to address these concerns as well as other issues regarding adoration at Mary's Haven. A special focus was the proper use/maintenance of the chapel and the respect due our Eucharistic Lord.
In consideration of the concerns expressed, it was decided to
close the chapel for the purpose of adoration,
and to form an ad hoc committee to devise a program whose aim is to increase participation and to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is respected in accord with the Church's liturgical norms. The chapel will remain closed until the committee completes its work. In our desire to continue the venerable custom of Eucharistic adoration, we have established the following:
- The church will remain open for adoration at the following times:
- Monday–Friday: Following the 7:00 AM Mass through 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Thursdays Are Days of Eucharistic Adoration
The Blessed Sacrament will be solemnly exposed on the altar following the 7:00 AM Mass until reposition at 6:00 PM.