St. John Vianney
Feast Day: August 4
St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August 4 Universally known as the "Cure of Ars)," St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification.
Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested a imperturbable patience. He was a wonder worker loved by the crowds, but he retained a childlike simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ.
He heard confessions of people from all over the world for the sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925.
About our Chapel
On Sunday November 1, 2009, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration began at St. John Vianney Perpetual Adoration Chapel on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Perpetual Adoration is a devotion in which the consecrated Eucharist remains exposed in the monstrance for veneration by the faithful. Adoration continues without interruption 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our Lord continues to call us to come closer to Him. "Guardians of the Eucharist" take that step by making the commitment and sacrifice of spending an hour in prayer each week with our Lord, truly present in the Eucharist.
In our busy lives it is often difficult to find time for prayer. Here is a devotion in which our Lord waits for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available for when we have time. He said to his disciples, "Could you not watch one hour with me?"
Those who make Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist an important part of their lives soon find Christ in the Eucharist becoming more central to their lives. Perpetual Adoration wins many graces for the individual, the family, the parish, the diocese, the universal Church, and the world. Anyone who makes the sacrifice to participate in this sacred endeavor will be blessed a hundredfold. He or she will come to a relationship with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Let us make every effort to find the time to spend an hour with Him who loved us so much that He suffered and died for our salvation that we might be blessed with eternal life with Him in His glorious kingdom of heaven.
This hour Jesus wants you to spend with Him is spent in any way you want. You may bring your own prayer books, use the books in the chapel, read the Bible, pray the Rosary, or just sit, relax and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from simply being in the Presence of God. Print this passage, take it with you and imagine that Jesus is speaking just to you.
You may feel you can't pray well. Don't let this discourage you. The mere fact that you take time out at a specific time each week to spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament pleases Him very much, and is in itself a prayer of great faith. Please remember that Perpetual Adoration in a parish is not just for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Rather it is for always. It is not temporary, but ongoing, lasting, permanent. Pope John Paul II says that: "Our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist."
New adorers and substitutes are always welcome. "Open" hours are published HERE.