Successfully Launching Perpetual Adoration
St. Paschal Baylon
Thousand Oaks, CA
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
For more information, email Fr. Dave Heney.
Going from no adoration to a full schedule of perpetual adoration in just one month -- and sustaining it for years.
"This is one of the best things that has happened at my parish! I see adoration as a kind of 'spiritual engine' of the Church because as we are honoring our Lord good things are happening in our Church. It was organized in such a way that no one person ever felt overwhelmed." Father Dave Heney
The need it meets
Father Dave Heney has a deep devotion to the Eucharist. He wanted to institute perpetual adoration, but didn't know how to make it work - until this happened.
Where it came from
A couple of St Paschal Baylon asked the pastor, Father Dave Heney, if the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament could come educate the parishioners about the Eucharist. A Missionary priest preached on adoration at all the Masses one weekend and stirred up great interest. The couple organized the follow-up along the lines described on the Missionaries' Website.
How it works
- A priest spoke at all the Masses about Eucharistic adoration and encouraged parishioners to sign up.
- Volunteers are grouped in teams with captains.
- Each captain oversees 7 hours a week, the same hour each day of the week. The captain keeps the slots filled and substitutes ready.
- "The most needed hours" are posted in the church bulletin.
- An annual weekend event ("Is God calling you?") features talks about Eucharistic adoration along with promotional materials. Parishioners are encouraged to invite seven other people to come to adoration.
- A book in the chapel records the hours adorers spend praying for vocations.
- From 6 AM to 10 PM the chapel is open. At 10 PM there is a self-locking door with a code. No drop-ins are allowed during late night. The code is changed every 6 months and this helps facilitate contact with the late night adorers.
- A shelf with a library of books of "what to do" when in adoration is carefully monitored by the priest and his leadership team.
- 700 parishioners signed up after the very first invitation, filling a 24/7 adoration schedule.
- Over 100,000 people have adored here in the first three years.
- Fr. Dave has seen increased participation in Mass and parish life.
- Fr. Dave attributes at least two vocations to the adoration hours dedicated to that intention
- Fr. Dave noted that every day people thank him for the chapel.
- The adorers have become a dynamic community within the parish.
- The chapel has also drawn visitors from other parishes.
- The pastor must support Eucharistic adoration.
- Two trusted parishioners must lead the effort, especially through attracting and mobilizing responsible team captains.
- A large sign and a well-lit parking area and pathway make the chapel safe and easy to find.
- Silence is maintained at all times in the chapel, which has simple decor, comfortable chairs and kneelers -- not church pews.
How to implement it
- Ask an organized couple that works well with the priest and parishioners to help with sign-ups immediately after the talk on Eucharistic adoration.
- Details and resources (step-by-step instructions, sample schedules, etc.) can be found at the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament Website: www.ACFP2000.com.
- To schedule a Missionary to preach on adoration, email the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament at ACFP2000@aol.com.
Fr. Dave Heney is pastor of St. Paschal Baylon.