“Come to Me… I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28
In July 2001 the Parish invited Fr. Joseph De Luca, MSS, to assist in beginning Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at the Parish. He preached at all weekend Masses on October 19 and 20, 2001, regarding its meaning and great value. Within a week, 600 parishioners under the leadership of Bill and Louise Costello, Lynn Fitzgerald, Howard and Sue Hendershott, and Phyllis Ide, committed to at least one hour a week to the 24-hour, 7 days-per-week adoration. A chapel with separate controlled access was constructed in what had been the northwestern most classroom of the Jamestowne Blvd building. The chapel was graced by a marble altar that was donated by the Augustinian Fathers’ novitiate in Washington, D.C. On the Feast Day of St. John Neumann, January 5, 2002, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began. Since then the adorers have celebrated the chapel’s anniversary with a potluck dinner on or close to the Feast Day of St. John Neumann. Today the adoration chapel and its graceful marble altar are located in the second floor of the St. John Court church.
If you would like to sign up for a weekly hour, or need further information, please call the church office at 966-4540. Substitutes provide a valuable support for our Chapel. If you are unable to make a weekly hour, but would like to occasionally fill in for someone regularly scheduled, please call the church office or Greg Larson at 386-4314.
“Could you not watch with me one hour?” Matthew 26:40
Jesus asked his apostles to keep watch with him the night that he began his Passion for us. He invites us now to keep him company in Eucharistic Adoration. Our night adorers could use help. Would you be able to spend one hour a month (or more) as a support? Call Anita at 966-9504 or Phyllis Ide at 966-9656 for more information.
“We invoke all the saints, who down the centuries in a special way shared in the suffering of Christ. We ask them to support us. And we ask all you who suffer to support us. We ask precisely you who are weak to become a source of strength for the Church and humanity”. [Pope John Paul II On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering]
Do you know someone who would love to participate in Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at SJN, but is physically unable to come to the Chapel? In November 2007, the Parish incorporated those who are not able to get out as associates in Adoration. Adorers “in spirit” have a weekly holy hour that corresponds to a partner who is actually present in the Chapel. If you would like to invite a partner to unite his/her prayers with you during your Adoration hour, please contact Anita.
A reminder for our Adorers.
Security is turned on after all functions in the church are over and turned off before the first morning mass. All doors, except the one you are to use for visiting the Adoration Chapel have security on them. This includes all narthex (atrium) doors going into the main body of the church. Motion sensors are also located throughout the church. Do not look over the choir rail or you will set off the alarm. If the alarm goes off, a POLICEMAN and his POLICEDOG will come to the church to check out the alarm. We have to pay for any calls the police make to the campus.