New adorers needed

By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier    |    12.06.2010
Category: Advent


Coordinators of perpetual, extended and nocturnal adoration around the Diocese of Rochester say there is always a need for new adorers.

At some adoration locations within the diocese, the roster of adorers has narrowed due to illness and relocations, making it a struggle for some parishes to fill the 168 hours a week necessary for perpetual adoration. At least one adorer must be present whenever the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.

Anna Marie Giardino, who helps to coordinate the perpetual adoration at Our Lady of Peace Parish at St. Stephen Church in Geneva, said parishioners are planning events in the spring to help replenish the ranks adorers. Giardino said she’d hate to see adoration stop before the nighttime hours or close altogether.

"The people who are going are so dedicated," she said. "It’s too beautiful to let it go. We need it so badly in these days when things are so dark and troubled."

St. Joseph Parish in Rush, which has had perpetual adoration for nearly 20 years, recently had to discontinue overnight adoration after some of its longtime adorers -- including one man who spent 16 hours a week in the adoration chapel -- either relocated, became ill or died.

The parish now has adoration from 6 a.m. to midnight, noted Sue Waterstraat, coordinator of the Rush adoration. Despite the cutback in hours, the adoration is going strong, and the parish celebrated its 20th anniversary of adoration with a Mass on Dec. 1.

"The biggest need for adorers is in the winter, because so many of our people go to Florida," Waterstraat said.

For those who cannot make a weekly commitment, substitute spots often are available.

Judy Shanahan, who coordinates adorers for perpetual adoration at Fairport's St. John of Rochester Parish, said additional adorers are always needed to make sure that coverage continues even if someone is on vacation, is sick or has family needs. One way she ensures coverage is to encourage families to take part in adoration together, so that if one member of the family is unable to attend, other members of the family may still be free.

"We welcome new adorers," Shanahan said. "We know what we get out of it and we want others to experience the same thing."

To cultivate younger adoration participants, St. John of Rochester routinely hosts a holy hour for children at 3 p.m. Saturdays featuring the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Isabel Nobilski, a coordinator of the nearly 10-year-old perpetual adoration at Our Lady of the Valley at St. Ann Church in Hornell, said four young adults have been recruited to participate in an adoration rotation, allowing them to make a monthly rather than a weekly commitment.

"It allows more people to come and be a part of it, and yet not have it be a burden in their lives," Nobilski said.

Adoration in the Rochester Diocese:

Perpetual adoration

Eucharistic adoration takes place in many forms and at many times throughout the diocese. Individuals take part in perpetual adoration at four locations in the diocese: Our Lady of Peace Parish at St. Stephen Church, Geneva; Our Lady of the Valley Parish at St. Ann Church, Hornell; Christ the Redeemer Parish at St. Casimir Church, Elmira; and St. John of Rochester Parish, Fairport.

Extended periods of adoration also take place at many other parishes in the diocese, including Holy Spirit in Webster, St. Joseph in Rush, St. Theodore in Gates and St. Thomas the Apostle in Irondequoit.

Nocturnal adoration centers in the diocese:

First weekend of the month

St. John of Rochester, Fairport

7 to 8 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month

Stan Zurakowski, 585-385-1527

St. Joseph, Wayland

7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday on the first Friday of each month

Ed Clark, 585-728-3606

St. Mary, Auburn

8:15 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday on the first Saturday of every third month (March, June, September and December)

Alfred J. Lane Sr., 315-364-8264

St. Mary, Canandaigua

7 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month

Francis Goodwin, 585-398-2817

St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads

8 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month

Roger Joy, 607-739-8192

Last weekend of the month

Blessed Sacrament, Rochester

8 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month

Don Karal, 585-442-1633

Christ the King, Irondequoit

8 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month

Tom Bayer, 585-787-1465

Holy Name of Jesus, Greece

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month

Jerry Schneider, 585-865-2480

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brockport

7 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month

John Bush, 585-637-3506

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester

7 to 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month

Eugene Cherkis, 585-458-7359

St. Anthony Worship Center, Elmira

8 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month

Dick McGill, 607-732-0055

St. Jude the Apostle, Gates

7 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month

Joe Vang, 585-247-4516

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