Perpetual Adoration: for those looking to deepen their connection with Christ 24/7

27 November 2023

 

Almost all parishes within the Diocese of Parramatta offer Eucharistic Adoration at specific times, but there are three that offer Adoration around the clock for those seeking to deepen their connection with Christ at any time of day or night.

Adoration, or Eucharistic Adoration, is a form of silent worship outside of the Mass. The real presence (body, blood and divinity) of God that is the Eucharistic Host is presented in a monstrance and placed on an altar. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory”, respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (CCC 2628)

St Aidan’s in Rooty Hill, Mary, Queen of the Family in Blacktown and Our Lady of the Rosary, St Marys all offer Perpetual Adoration.

Rooty Hill’s Perpetual Adoration began in 2022 when the church underwent renovation during the COVID lockdown and built a small chapel specifically for Adoration. All are welcome to be present before the Blessed Sacrament in the Church during the day, and in the small chapel overnight. At the time, Parish Priest Fr Alan Layt said “I have wanted perpetual adoration in the parish for many years and once the renovation was done it seemed like the right time. A number of parishioners have also been asking for it, so we now have the capacity [for it].”

At St Patrick’s in Blacktown, Perpetual Adoration is held in the Mary MacKillop Chapel within the church. For those seeking access after-hours, please contact the office. At Our Lady of the Rosary, St Marys, Perpetual Adoration is held in the Adoration Chapel, which is separate from the church.

Adoration is open to all and holds a special significance in the Catholic faith. It represents a profound act of love and reverence towards Christ, acknowledging His real presence in the Eucharist.

The continuous presence of the Blessed Sacrament fosters an atmosphere of prayer, reflection, and communion amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Diocese of Parramatta invites everyone to experience the transformative power of Adoration. Whether seeking spiritual renewal, guidance, or simply desiring a moment of peace and connection, Adoration allows a sacred haven to encounter Christ in the Eucharist.

Please get in contact with St Aidan’s, St Patrick’s Blacktown or Our Lady of the Rosary, St Marys to find out more.

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