Padre Pio Perpetual Adoration Chapel
The chapel will have a punch code on the door that will allow access to the old convent building (between the Church and the school). There will be bathroom accessibility and an emergency phone, as well as some books and devotional aids. The Chapel door is barrier free, but the building is yet to be so.
2.) What does Perpetual Adoration mean?
We hope that we will have enough adorers to cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (minus an hour here or there for cleaning or possibly during mass). One person MUST be present at all times that the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance (the gold/silver holder that the host is placed in), but two should be present for each hour at least. When the Blessed Sacrament is 'exposed' as we say, that is, brought out of the tabernacle, one person must be there at least. Jesus cannot be left alone even for a moment. However one can still adore even if the Blessed Sacrament is not out in the monstrance, but rather in the tabernacle. Thus if we don’t start out with enough people for 24 hour, 7 days a week exposition, we, we’ll try to cover as many day hours that we can and go from there.
3.) What if I can't cover my shift?
There will be a list of substitutes to call. If you try them all and still cannot find someone, you would call the captain of your shift.
4.) Can I talk during my hour?
Yes-to God in silent conversation. Everyone has the right to a silent and undistracted prayer environment. So please do not use this time to get caught up with friends or get messages to people you might run into in the chapel. There should never be talking in the chapel, period, or interrupting of others, including giving them a note. If there is an emergency and you must talk with them, go kneel beside them as a sign that you need to tell them an emergency, and then let them decide whether to follow you out of the chapel to discuss it.
5.) What if there is bad weather?
If there is a storm warning, the Blessed Sacrament will be put away so people don’t feel obliged to come. If the weather is bad and you think it might be dangerous for you, follow the normal means of getting a sub as mentioned in #3. We definitely want you to be safe! Our bishop mentioned how many places in winter climates have perpetual adoration and do quite well.
6.) What is proper etiquette besides not talking in the chapel?
Dressing modestly is important (skirts below the knee, modest blouses, no immodest shorts), and try to keep shuffling papers or other noises to a minimum. We are there to adore the Lord, so make that your focus-whether kneeling or sitting. Make sure to turn off your cell phones! It is fine to read in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but try to have it have some connection to what we are about in the chapel. Children should not cause distractions to others, but at the same time we want them to learn this beautiful form of prayer-try to find the 'prudential middle'.
7.) What if there is an emergency?
The phone is to be used only for emergencies please. Father is around a lot of the time so you can try his rectory line or go and ring the doorbell. There will also be a list of emergency contacts.
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