Spend time with the Lord this Lent

Men and women pray before the Blessed Sacrament at Old St. Mary’s Parish in downtown Detroit’s Greektown district during the first Friday of Lent, March 3. Across the Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholics have ample opportunities to make Eucharistic adoration a part of their Lenten prayer exercise, with several parishes offering 24/7 access. (Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic)

Parishes across archdiocese offer plenty of opportunities for Eucharistic adoration

DETROIT — With Lent under way, many Catholics begin the season of penance and reflection by setting tangible goals of what they can do to commemorate Jesus’ sacrifice.

Traditionally, people give up a food item or try to break a nasty habit. But for others, it’s less about giving something up and more about adding something — specifically, adding a little more time with the Lord.

The Blessed Sacrament at Old St. Mary’s Parish in downtown Detroit’s Greektown district during the first Friday of Lent, March 3. (Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic)

Across the Archdiocese of Detroit, numerous parishes offer chances for Eucharistic adoration, particularly exposed adoration, where people can take the time to tune out the outside world and tune in with the Lord.

Veronica Berryman of Our Lady of the Scapular Parish in Wyandotte said she has gone to Eucharistic adoration almost every day since 2003, looking for a way to feel closer to the Lord.

“I just feel that closeness when I’m with the Blessed Sacrament, a calling that He’s there,” Berryman said. “I’ve gone so much that I feel it is part of my life now. With that closeness, I feel I’ve had miracles happen to me.”

Our Lady of the Scapular Parish has a Eucharistic chapel open 24/7, with a person needing a code supplied by the parish to access the chapel. Berryman said the Eucharist is not always exposed, but those interested can ask the parish office when the sacrament will be exposed.

For those living in Macomb County, St. Peter Parish in Mt. Clemens was an early adopter of Eucharistic adoration, according to parishioner Gertrude Schweder.

Schweder started going to Eucharistic adoration when she had a job and worked overtime, fearing she couldn’t always commit to a select time week to week.

“I first thought, I don’t want to volunteer to something I couldn’t fulfill,” Schweder said. “So I just stopped in when I was driving home from work. It got to the point I was doing it once a week, and now, I’m committed.”

For those worried they don’t have time for Eucharistic adoration or can’t make it part of their Lenten routine, Schweder advised trying to go for 10 or 15 minutes sometime in the week.

“I started out a little slow, just to try it out, so to speak,” Schweder said. “I find you get more out of it than you are putting in. Spending time with Christ, present in the Eucharist, gives you a feeling of confidence.”

A woman kneels in adoration at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Greektown on March 3. (Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic)

Times and access to adoration varies from parish to parish, so those interested in Eucharistic adoration are advised to call their parish and ask what’s offered and what time slots are available. Some parishes have organized groups with allotted times for devotees, while other parishes have more “open door” adoration sessions.

Old St. Mary’s Parish in Greektown in downtown Detroit offers Eucharistic adoration on Fridays following the 12:15 p.m. Mass, from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., a great opportunity for those who work downtown.

“We started having Eucharistic adoration for about two years now this summer,” Old St. Mary’s parishioner Michael Campeau said. “Now that we’re doing it every week, we have about 15 to 30 people who go, do a Holy Hour of reparation.”

Campeau said many people who go to adoration are not St. Mary’s parishioners, but use the parish’s downtown location to take some time to spend with the Lord.

“You have to have that love for him, that unquestionable love and knowing in your heart He is there,” Campeau said. “And if you continue to go, you will truly believe that He is there, in your heart. For those interested, I would tell people, go with an open heart and open mind, and just believe.”

Fellow St. Mary’s parishioner Barbara Glamb and her husband, Victor, also attend weekly adoration, adding it’s become another avenue for encountering Christ.

“We’ve gone to adoration for a year, and it helps us have a prayer life together,” Glamb said. “I can’t see, I’m blind, when I go to adoration, (but) I feel that He sees me. I can’t see with my eyes, but I see Him with my heart.”

Eucharistic adoration is also available for the night owls. At St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion, the chapel is open 24/7 — with an after-hours access code — for those who would like to spend time with the Lord in the more “unconventional” hours.

“I feel an incredible closeness to our Lord, and incredible appreciation of the true Presence,” said St. Joseph parishioner Gemma Falvey. “Our adoration chapel in open 24/7, for anyone who wants to start going to the chapel. They don’t have to make a major commitment of an hour. They can go for five minutes. Start with a time that works best with you, and you’ll be amazed what the Lord can do for you if you spend time with Him.”

 


40 Ways to Lent

Looking for ideas to incorporate into your Lenten journey? Try these, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s social media team. Visit Facebook.com/ArchdioceseofDetroit for more ideas as Lent rolls along, or check back in the next issue of The Michigan Catholic.

  • Go to Mass and be marked as a disciple of Christ.
  • Pray for Archbishop Vigneron, our leader of the Church in Detroit.
  • Find something uplifting on social media and share it or retweet it with your friends.
  • Fast from comparing yourself to others. Thank God for the gifts He has given you freely.
  • Text someone and tell them you love them and appreciate them. Bonus: Reach out to the person it’s hard to text.
  • When the conversation is getting negative, turn it toward Christ.
  • Pick one of the corporal works of mercy. Put it into practice today.
  • As Venerable Solanus Casey said, “Thank God ahead of time. Give thanks for blessings received, and give thanks for those yet to be received.”
  • Spend 10 minutes somewhere in silence and just let Jesus be with you.
  • Pick a saint you don’t know much about. Google them and learn about their life. (Bonus: Check out The Michigan Catholic’s “Know Your Saints” section on page 14!)

 

Find time for adoration

Catholics interested in incorporating Eucharistic adoration into their Lenten journey can visit www.therealpresence.org/states/michigan.htm for a list of adoration sites and times in Michigan. Devotees are encouraged to call the parish to confirm times and access.