The History of Eucharistic Adoration at St. Agnes:
Pope St. John Paul II dedicated October 2004 to October 2005 as the Year of the Eucharist and that began Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays at St. Agnes. Father Ted Kaczmarek, our pastor at the time, recalls that it was a popular devotion and so it continued at St. Agnes after that year. However, participation had significantly decreased in later years so Msgr. Paul Fitzmaurice formed the Holy Eucharistic Adoration Revitalization Team (HEART) in 2019.
Holy Eucharistic Adoration Revitalization Team / HEART:
The purpose of HEART is twofold. The team is dedicated to educating everyone on the wonderful benefits of the practice of Adoration in our lives. The other aspect is to fulfill the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines on Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. The practice of having two or more adorers present each hour requires a permanent schedule of “anchors,” the people committed to being present that hour each week. This allows for everyone else to participate during the entire day. HEART welcomes everyone with an interest in deepening their relationship with Jesus to become part of the team whether or not they become an “anchor,” committed to a specific hour of adoration each week.
Our current schedule begins with Adoration starting after the 7:30 am Mass on Thursdays. Adoration continues through the day, concluding at 7 pm with Benediction. There is a team that leads the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a Rosary at 3 pm. Deacon Bill Wilson leads a Holy Hour from 6-7 pm and the concluding Benediction.
You may join the HEART group simply by signing up to receive our Flocknote email. This weekly email will help you to know more about Eucharistic Adoration in general, keep you informed on special events at St. Agnes to help others become involved, and bring you any schedule changes. Log into stagnes.flocknote.com or if you’re new text STAGNES to 84576. Then look for HEART in the groups and join. (Learn more about how we use Flocknote.)
Please contact Annamarie Liptak at 724-244-4795 or TPL330@comcast.net if you have any questions or would like more information on becoming an anchor.