Leaders Contact Information: Roberta Stadler (English) (773) 728-9434
Ana Hernandez (Español)
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the 24-hour worship of the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ exposed in the Blessed Sacrament. This is an integral dimension of the Catholic Faith.
We began Perpetual Adoration in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in 1992, on Easter Sunday. You are welcome to come to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel which is known as the “Grotto” here in the parish. It is located on the southwest corner of the Church, and the entrance is via the alley on the west side of the Church. The Grotto is a striking chapel that was designed to resemble the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
Take a moment to read more about the tradition of Our Lady of Lourdes via the link www.therealpresence.org/
Those who come to the Grotto are known as "Adorers." The Adorers come from throughout Chicagoland to make their Holy Hour. This hour is a serious and grace-filled commitment to pray, read and meditate in silence before the Lord. We trust that God eternally responds to the beloved who come to adore the Lord in the Grotto. Adorers can reserve specific hours for adoration. You are invited to reserve your hour by filling out a sheet which is conveniently placed at the entrance to the Chapel. All are welcome to visit any time, even if not a registered Adorer.
The devotion to the Eucharist is called “Perpetual” Adoration because adoration takes place during every hour of every day of the year. The Eucharistic Lord is never to be alone without an Adorer. There is a small group of volunteers that coordinates the times and days of the Adorers. After you complete your registration form, you will be contacted by one of the four coordinators to confirm your attendance and inform you how to sign the book for a specific hour (or hours). Visitors are welcome at any time during the day from 6a.m. to 11p.m. However, during the night hours from 11p.m. – 6a.m., there are only assigned Adorers present in the Grotto in order to assure security. Security cameras are placed outside the Church, as well as in the Grotto. An emergency phone is also provided in the Grotto at all times for outgoing calls.
The coordinators of the Grotto hold monthly meetings to discuss matters such as the Grotto appearance, recruitment of new Adorers and providing Eucharistic devotional information. They also prepare for the Holy Hour and Benediction that take place on the First Sunday of each month at 3p.m., in Spanish and English.
Adorers are also invited to write out a personal prayer petition in the Grotto. These blank sheets are found there near the Pieta statue. Write out your petition and then place it in a special box in the same area. These petitions are placed at the altar of the Church during the 8a.m. Mass every Sunday. They are blessed at the Mass and then burned later that day.
The Adoration coordinators are involved in other endeavors throughout the year as well. They coordinate the celebration of the Adoration Anniversary every April. They also plan the Feast of Corpus Christi Procession. This is an outdoor 3 p.m. procession of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the neighborhood every June. This popular devotion symbolizes our common pilgrimage to eternal life in Heaven.