Our Lady of Lourdes

Catholic Church and School

(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.

What is Perpetual Adoration?


Perpetual 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.

For more information, refer to the Perpetual Adoration Brochure.


What does the Church teach about Eucharistic Adoration?


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.
The Rites of the Catholic Church

For further information, please visit The Real Presence Association Website.
The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing PEACE on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Pope John Paul II

If people spent one hour per week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended.
Mother Teresa

Let us never forget that an age prospers or dwindles in proportion to its devotion to the Holy Eucharist
Saint Peter Julian Eymard


Where is Holy Family Perpetual Adoration Chapel located?


Holy Family 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 Chapel.

If you are not familiar where Our Lady of Lourdes is located in Raleigh, click to see a map to Our Lady of Lourdes on the MapQuest Website.

Eucharistic adoration is occurring in many parishes in the United States and in North Carolina. Click to see a list of North Carolina parishes and their adoration schedules.


How does the Perpetual Adoration Chapel operate?


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.


How do I sign up to be a Regular Adorer?


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.

Ways to sign up for an hour:
At the left side of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel is a table with a sign in book. The book is for both the regularly scheduled adorers and for visitors. When you sign in as a visitor, you may check the box that requests a contact and leave your phone number. One of the members of the perpetual adoration coordinating committee will call you.

You may Email the Perpetual Adoration Coordinator. In the Email you may simply request a phone call, or you may mention the specific hour you would like to sign up for. You will be called to confirm the hour you have chosen.

You may complete the sign-up form.


How are the adorers' hours scheduled?


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.


What if I cannot be there for my scheduled hour?


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.

If you are unable to make your adoration hour, please first contact your partner. If neither you nor your partner can make the hour, please use the substitute list found in the folder holders on the side of the bookshelves around the corner from the sign-in sheets. PLEASE TAKE A COPY. If by chance a substitute cannot be found, call your hourly coordinator or divisional coordinator.

If you need the phone numbers of your partner, hourly coordinator, divisional coordinator or the adorers before or after your hour, they can be found in the schedules which are located in the same folder holders on the side of the bookshelves. PLEASE TAKE A COPY. These are updated on a monthly basis.


How long does this commitment last?


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.


Can I change my hour?


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.


What do I do if my replacement does not come?


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.


How do I know if the person assigned to the next hour has arrived?


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.


What is the purpose of the sign-in book?


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.


How do I spend my hour each week?


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.


What benefit is Perpetual Adoration to me?


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.


Who can visit the chapel?


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.


Hours Needing Prayer Partners


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 Petitions


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.


Special Holy Hours


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.


What about Daylight Savings Time Changes?


The adorers who need to be concerned about the time changes between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time are those with:

Sunday morning 2:00 a.m. adoration hour, and

Sunday morning adoration hours that begin at 3:00 a.m. or later.

Focusing on Sunday morning adoration hours, those with Midnight and 1:00 a.m. hours proceed as normally. The time change does not affect you.

The 2:00 a.m. adorers are the ones who may need to adjust. For the Spring adjustment, changing from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time, you have no adoration hour. Officially, the time change occurs at 2:00 a.m. That is, as soon as it gets to 2:00 a.m., it immediately becomes 3:00 a.m.. Thus your hour disappears. You are still welcomed and encouraged to come in for an hour of adoration.

For the Fall adjustment, changing from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time, the change also occurs at 2:00 a.m.. However, there are now two hours between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.. The regularly scheduled 2:00 a.m. adorers are responsible for the first 2:00 a.m. shift. The coordinators will ensure that the second hour of the 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. time period is covered. Please check with them to ensure adoration coverage for this time.

People with adoration hours that begin at 3:00 a.m. or later need to arrive at the appropriate time, but it will be an hour earlier or later. In the Spring (spring forward), your adoration hour occurs an hour earlier than one would expect. In the Fall (fall back), your adoration hour occurs an hour later than one would expect.

The 2009 change from Eastern Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time occurs on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 2009 change from Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time occurs on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:00 a.m. Daylight Savings Time.


What about severe weather conditions?


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.

Severe weather during the daytime can usually be dealt with hourly. We will attempt to contact you 3 to 4 hours prior to your adoration hour. At night, if the forecasts are extremely bad, we can sometimes have someone stay the night, and we will notify all scheduled adorers.

Sometimes difficulties such as recent snow fall cannot be foreseen. In such situations, please use your own good judgment. During these times, if it is too difficult for you to venture out, or if you find yourself in the chapel for an extended amount of time, try to call Joan Monti at 919.787.5424 or Leslie Newton at 919.395.0366 . We have adorers close to the chapel who are able to help at these times.

To use the telephone in the chapel, first dial "9", then dial your number slowly.


Borrowing and Donating Books


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.


How Can I Get Perpetual Adoration Started in my Parish?


The Apostolate for Perpetual Adoration helped start perpetual adoration at Our Lady of Lourdes parish.

The Real Presence Association also has information on starting and maintaining a perpetual adoration program.

The Real Presence Association has linked their Web page to this, Our Lady of Lourdes Perpetual Adoration Website as an example of parish perpetual adoration programs.