Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

We, as Catholics, believe that during the consecration at Mass, when the priest says “this my body” as he holds the communion host, it is at that instant when, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the bloodless sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. It is His true Presence in the form of bread and wine. It is Christ.

We are fortunate to have perpetual adoration at St. Joseph, which means that  a consecrated host is placed in the monstrance on the altar of our chapel for adoration by anyone at any time during the day or night. Monstrance comes from the Latin “monstrare” to show, to expose to view.

Stewardship of Time

You may sign up to be an “adorer” which allows you to schedule yourself for one or more hours per week to pray before the very presence of Our Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the bible, contemplate acts of faith, hope, charity, thanksgiving, reparation, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you before Our Lord. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping Him company, just as you would with a dear friend.

Please contact our program coordinator if you wish to sign up for any hours during the week, or if you are unable to keep your scheduled hours.

  • Regina Cardello, 440.846.0055

Reasons for Adoration

I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God. In contemplation, Christians will perceive ever more profoundly the mystery at the heart of Christian life.” — Pope John Paul II
How great is the value of conversation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, for there is nothing more consoling on earth, nothing more efficacious for advancing along the road of holiness!” — Pope Paul VI
Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.” — John 6:40