(Frequently Asked Questions)
This page provides information on perpetual adoration at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in question and answer format. You may browse through the entire page, or use the index immediately below to go directly to a specific topic.
Eucharistic Adoration is continuous prayer before Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament. It is an expression of our love for Jesus. The Host, the Body, Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Jesus is placed in a monstrance and honored with the
worship of adoration. Adorers make a commitment to spend an hour a week before
the exposed consecrated Eucharist. Adoration is continuous seven days a week,
twenty-four hours a day except for a brief period at the end of Lent, termed
Triduum, when the Eucharist is reposed.
The Church strongly
encourages both private and public devotion toward the Eucharist and teaches
that prayer before the Eucharist actually extends the union with Christ
which the faithful have received in Communion. It helps them live in a more
Christian way, trying to maintain in their lives what they have
received by faith and by sacrament.
Perpetual Adoration Chapel is located at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church,
2718 Overbrook Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27608. The Chapel is in the
parish office building and is easily found by first looking for the grotto on
the parish property. The Chapel is opposite the grotto and has two walls made of
glass blocks. The statue of the Blessed Mother in the grotto is facing the
Holy Family Perpetual Adoration Chapel is managed by a team of lay volunteers who schedule adorers for one hour once a week and take the responsibility to make sure someone will always be there with the Blessed Sacrament. Prayer and support is provided by the Legion of Mary.
Before you commit
to an hour each week you may want to visit The Holy Family Perpetual Adoration
Chapel first. You may also wish to check the hours that could use a prayer
partner. Consider your own schedule and pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Each adorer determines which hour is best for him or her. We encourage people as they volunteer to first consider those times where a partner is needed. We never assign hours to anyone and encourage people to consider the hour they choose carefully and to pray about it first. We realize that an hour that fits your schedule well will help you keep your commitment each week. No one will make you take an unwanted hour. We are grateful to those who can do the more difficult hours, but realize that what is difficult varies with each person.
We try to schedule
two adorers for every hour and together they become responsible to see that
their hour is covered each week. We encourage partners to talk to each other and
work together. If one of the adorers is not able to make his or her scheduled
hour, it is only necessary that one person be there. This works best when both
partners are coming regularly each week.
It lasts as long as you want it to last. Many people have had the same hour since Perpetual Adoration was started. We just ask that you not stop coming without calling us to let us know to take your name off the schedule.
Yes! We change hours of adorers all the time. We are always in need of new people as schedules change, people move and some people just want a different time.
We ask that you do not leave until the person assigned to the next hour has arrived. There are many people stopping by the chapel and we do not rely on them to be responsible for making sure someone is there. It is very rare for a replacement not to come. However, if it does occur, there is a phone in the hall and you can call your replacement. The schedule of adorers, with phone numbers, is posted on the bulletin board to your left as you come in the door. There are also a few names you can call in an emergency listed by the phone. Most adorers will stay the extra hour, if possible, and consider it a special blessing.
In time you will get to know your replacement(s). Until you do recognize the persons in the next hour, you can check the book to see if anyone has signed in.
The names of all regular adorers are listed according to the day and time. Adorers are asked to put their initials next to their name and to put the time they arrive and the time they leave in the boxes provided on the sign-in sheet. Since we must never leave the Blessed Sacrament unattended, this enables us to see at a glance if someone has been in the chapel at all times. We do not keep track if you are not at your assigned hour each week. We assume partners are working together. Occasionally, we go over the sheets to see if anyone has stopped coming. If we find that someone has not been there for a long period of time, we will call to see if they need to change times or if they would like to come off the schedule. We also ask visitors to sign their names and the time they arrive and leave the chapel.
Let the Holy Spirit guide you. There are books available on the shelves in the hall. We especially recommend Scripture and the Rosary. Please take all materials you bring into the chapel home with you when you leave. Here is a list of twenty-five suggestions on how to spend an hour with Jesus. Two excellent prayers are A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Divine Praises.
No matter what our vocation in life is, we are all called to holiness. Spending time with Jesus will lead you in that direction. Don't expect everything in your life to suddenly change and everything to be perfect. Jesus never promised to take away our sufferings, but He did promise to be there with us in our sufferings. As we spend time with Jesus we come to trust Him and rely on Him more and more.
The chapel is open to all visitors at any hour of the day or night. The dedication of those adorers who commit to a regular hour each week is truly an act of charity. It enables the chapel to be open for any and all persons wanting to make a visit to the Lord.
We are always in need of new people to commit to an hour in the chapel. We consider a husband and wife or a family as one person since they will probably be vacationing or away together. We have no hours that are without any scheduled adorers. However, we do have several times that need partners. We would like you to consider these times first. Here is a list of these hours that need partners. If none of these times are convenient, we will work with you to find a suitable time. For further information stop by the chapel, call the parish office or Email the Perpetual Adoration Coordinator.
Prayer requests can be made by writing them on the 3 by 5 cards found on the sign-in table. Many adorers spend time praying for these intentions and writing special notes on the cards. Please do not use last names on the cards.
In keeping with the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11, there is a special Holy Hour of prayer on the 11th of each month. Prayers include the Rosary, Litany to the Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy Chaplet and The Divine Praises.
The adorers who need to be concerned about the time changes between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time are those with:
The goal of
PERPETUAL adoration is to have the chapel remain open at all times. Due to the
devotion, commitment and prayers of many persons, we have never closed the
chapel due to bad weather.
The books on the bookshelves are for the use of adorers and as such are not to be removed from the chapel. If you would like to donate a book, please leave it in the office or on the bookshelves cabinet with a note that you would like to donate it. We will get it approved, attach a sticker and put it in the bookshelves.
The Apostolate for
Perpetual Adoration helped start perpetual adoration at Our Lady of Lourdes