-So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? (Matthew 26:40)
After prayerful deliberation and encouragement from various parishioners, it was decided by Msg. Andrew Frey that a Perpetual Adoration Chapel would be of spiritual benefit to the parish. In February of 1982, Perpetual Adoration was established at Our Lady of Mercy in an area located immediately behind the tabernacle of the current church.
As use of the chapel grew considerably during the years, it was realized something larger was needed. Fr. Michael Moroney, the current pastor at the time, recommended building a structure separate from the church. The present chapel, donated by a faithful family, was designed to match the church. Within the chapel walls are sixteen fabric-covered chairs and kneelers and a monstrance designed in New York City especially for this chapel.
Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament requires that a committed adorer be present at all times; twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. 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 it is that it doesn’t make any difference how you begin – or end, for that matter. And it doesn’t matter what you say, if you say anything at all. All you have to do is show up!
The need for committed adorers grows greater and greater as many of our more mature adorers are failing in health and can no longer maintain their committed hour. The needed times for adorers can be found on page 8 in each issue of Mercy Alive. Spending an hour in prayerful Adoration bestows great blessings on us individually. The Adoration Chapel provides an oasis of peace in this 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 are all provided for use while in the chapel. Please prayerfully consider devoting one hour a week as a committed adorer.
For more information, contact:
Ms. Martha Wells