Students have the opportunity to “hang out with Jesus” after school each Thursday thanks to a new Holy Hour (Eucharistic Adoration).
“For different reasons, kids sometimes hit a spot in their week where they need a little extra Jesus,” shared religion teacher Tim O’Loughlin, who leads the Holy Hour. “The kids need something more than personal prayer and they want to physically spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. So we decided to offer Eucharistic Adoration weekly.
“It's usually a small group and people come and go, as their schedule allows,” O’Loughlin continued. “Sometimes we have live music, sometimes we use a playlist and sometimes it is silent. St. Francis de Sales said, ‘We must visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament a hundred thousand times a day,’ — we're starting with once a week.”
O’Loughlin said students, whether Catholic or not, are invited to attend the Holy Hour.
“Some people think Eucharistic Adoration is only for holy rollers or for the spiritually advanced, whatever that means. Eucharistic Adoration is a fancy name for spending time with Jesus —and it's available for everyone. There are no rules, there is no one best way to adore Jesus. Just show up and you are adoring Him.
“In Adoration, Jesus loves on us. Sitting in front of the Son is like sitting in front of the sun, you can't help but be warmed by it. Your time spent there is between you and the Lord, and, for that reason, it is completely unique and special.”
Posted September 19, 2019