Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is where we are filled up with the Spirit of Christ in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. When we set time aside to adore Him, He will heal our hearts and multiply our efforts of forming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. While I have your eyes, I want to acknowledge we have a vocation shortage for the priesthood and religious life. According to statistics that have been produced by the CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) reports, the majority of vocations – men and women answering the call to priesthood and religious life have credited the source of their vocation to time spent in Perpetual Adoration. I would like to propose, just like our vocations to the priesthood and religious life have been attributed to time in Eucharistic Adoration, so too will the fruits of married life and other vocations be sustained by our time in Adoration. The greatest of all saints were formed in the presence of the Eucharist --- so too will future generations! Our current adoration chapel is temporary and too small. The former one is a health risk. Water continues to seep in. Mold continues to form. We have a parishioner, who is now deceased, who was an adorer and told by her doctor that she could no longer adore because of the environment caused by defects in the construction of the chapel. This makes me terribly sad. Personally, I envision our new Adoration Chapel reflecting more what our community looks like – beautiful, safe, warm and welcoming.
My dream is to have a new Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Adoration Chapel completed by Christmas 2019, so we need your help pretty quickly! I have enjoyed visiting many of you in your homes, listening to your stories, and have consistently heard a yearning desire to come to know and be in relationship with Jesus Christ. You have consistently heard me talk about the importance of prayer. Please pray! - then consider making a donation to the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Adoration Chapel. If your prayer time brings thoughts you would like to share, please share. I want to continue to listen to you! Your participation in sharing your wisdom and treasure are important to me balanced by what is reasonable for you to contribute monetarily. How do you make a contribution to our new Adoration Chapel? Simply put your donation in an envelope marked Adoration Chapel and make a note in the memo section of your check. You may also make a donation online directly to the building fund through WeShare. Rest assured of my prayers. Please keep me in yours. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us in our walk toward eternity.
In Christ, Fr. Josh
What is the purpose of an Adoration Chapel? Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, is a means of focusing our hearts and minds in prayer, with attention affixed on the Mystery of the Eucharistic presence of Christ. An Adoration Chapel will be a spiritual benefit to OLOHR parish.
Where will the new Adoration Chapel be located? Our new Adoration Chapel will be located in the grassy area between the Full of Grace Café and the Adult Ed Building, recently renamed: Center for Evangelization and Catechesis.
Who will use the new chapel? Hopefully, every member of our parish will feel drawn to spending time in the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
What is the projected cost of the new Adoration Chapel and where will we get the funds? The cost of the chapel is projected to be between $250,000 and $300,000. OLOHR currently receives donations designated for an Adoration Chapel with notations of continued prayers for this desire. Those donations are being deposited in our Building Fund for this purpoase. We also plan to use a portion of the proceeds from La Fête des Bayous 2018 combined with proceeds from the sale of property donated to OLOHR in 2015. We will not incur any additional debt due to this project.
When will you be able to pray in the Adoration Chapel? Our dream is to have Perpetual Adoration.
What is this? With the Adoration Chapel being accessible by keypad entry 24 hours a day, it is the dream of many of you that our parish be united in Adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, during the day and throughout the night seven days a week. Ideally, Jesus should never be left alone and always have at least one adorer present. The chapel will have 24 hour video surveillance. Everyone is welcome to pray. Sometimes the thought of devoting a full hour can be overwhelming. Many are often hesitant to volunteer their time because they don’t know how to begin or what to say or do during their committed time. The beauty of Adoration is that it doesn’t make any difference how you begin – or end your prayer time in Adoration. And it doesn’t matter what you say, if you say anything at all. The Lord delights in you just being there with him. He just wants to spend time with you. All you have to do is show up! Spending an hour in prayerful Adoration bestows great blessings on us individually. The Adoration Chapel will provide a sanctuary of peace in our busy, hectic world. Your only requirement is to walk in, be still, and let your spirit open up to God. Everyone has his or her own style of prayer. Bibles, books, pamphlets and rosaries will be provided for use while in the chapel. Please prayerfully consider devoting one hour a week as a committed adorer.
Wanted: Someone to sit with the Lord and keep him company.
The hours for the Adoration Chapel are after the conclusion of daily mass until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 7:00 pm on Fridays. Additional adorers needed at all hours.
The Chapel will also be open daily Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4 pm for those who would like to pray.
St. Mark has offered to support those early morning hours by welcoming you to adore at their church. If you are interested, contact St. Mark's Parish Office at 647-8461.
For more information at Holy Rosary, contact Susan Gautreau at 647-5321