Year two of the Eucharistic Revival is unfolding with a campaign to encourage monthly Adoration at a different church in each of the six vicariates of the Diocese. Churches will offer exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for 40 straight hours in a rotating monthly schedule as part of the campaign, which is called “In His Divine Presence – 40 Hours of Perpetual Adoration.”
The High Desert Vicariate, which includes 11 parishes from Wrightwood to Needles, has taken the lead in planning its first two Perpetual Adoration events. Christ the Good Shepherd in Adelanto will offer Perpetual Adoration beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and conclude at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 29. St. Joan of Arc Parish in Victorville will follow with Perpetual Adoration beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 and concluding at midnight on Friday, Dec. 15.
The other five vicariates of the diocese, West End, Riverside, Hemet, Low Desert and San Bernardino, are in the process of coordinating their Perpetual Adoration schedule among their parishes.
As part of the campaign, Catholics will be encouraged to participate in Adoration at a different church each month in the vicariate where they live. They can receive a “passport book” and get it stamped at each church to commemorate their participation in the campaign.
Since the start of the Eucharistic Revival in June of 2022, Bishop Alberto Rojas has emphasized in his public messages to importance of Eucharistic Adoration to deepen our relationship with Christ.
“When we worship and adore the Eucharistic Lord Jesus we become what God wants us to be,” he said in a video message released during Year 1 of the Eucharistic Revival. “I always encourage it and recommend it for everybody.”
Many parishes in the Diocese have followed the Bishop’s lead, increasing their Adoration offerings, often choosing the first Friday of each month. The vicariate level campaign is seen as building upon that devotion while fostering a sense of unity in the Eucharist throughout the Diocese.
“We certainly have learned from the Eucharistic processions in the vicariates and the Eucharistic Congress in June that the people of this Diocese have a hunger to come together and affirm their devotion to the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist,” said Diocesan Vice Chancellor John Andrews, who chairs the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival Planning Committee. “With this Perpetual Adoration Campaign, we invite the people to an ongoing encounter with the Lord in the different churches of their home vicariate. Hopefully, it will create a feeling being part of the wider diocesan community as well.”