St. Joseph Catholic Church & School
St. Joseph Catholic Church & School

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration

Pray, Reflect, or Simply Rest in Our Lord’s Presence

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We become like that which we gaze upon. Looking into a sunset, the face takes on a golden glow. Looking at our Eucharistic Lord for an hour transforms the heart.
— Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Eucharistic Adoration hours are weekdays, 10am-10pm, in the chapel. All are invited to spend time with our Lord here during these hours. We also encourage all to commit to one hour each week as a scheduled adorer. Please call Phil or Joan Huss at 515-515-681-7972, or email hussjoan@msn.com. Se habla español, call David Ortega at 515-307-1472.

eucharistic adoration: jesus in body, soul, blood & divinity

What is Eucharistic Adoration? We look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to His Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take His departure from His own in His visible form, He wanted to give us His sacramental presence; since He was about to offer Himself on the cross to save us, He wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which He loved us "to the end," even to the giving of His life. In His Eucharistic presence He remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave Himself up for us, and He remains under signs that express and communicate this love: The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease. (CCC, 1380)

He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (MT 26:40)

An hour here, an hour there—every day, we spend our time in a multitude of ways that can rejuvenate our deplete our overall energy. Receiving Jesus in the Holy Communion of the Mass and making time to visit Him in Adoration—whether for an hour or just a few minutes on your way here or there—is always time well spent.

In his first encyclical titled Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominus), Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration in order that our love may be complete.”

beyond the mass: completing your love through Eucharistic Adoration

There’s no right or wrong way to spend your hour before the Blessed Sacrament. You can pray, reflect, read, write, or simply rest in our Lord’s presence. Our chapel is a quiet, peaceful space with a variety of books and prayer guides, as well as Mass Missals and songbooks. Here are a few other resources for new or regular adorers: