“We are a Church on Fire!” Eucharistic Adoration transforms parish

From South Coast Today:

A little church in a small town, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was facing tough times. The congregation was dwindling, and Mass attendance was at an all-time low. The empty confessional was collecting dust, and donations were dismal.

But then the unthinkable happened.

Today, St. Francis Xavier is one of the most vibrant parishes in the diocese with standing-room only Masses, confessional lines, a busload of parishioners participating in the March for Life, and an abundance of freewill donations that will make them debt-free by April.

“Jesus is on the property,” said Mary Cardoza, the spark that inflamed the parish. “We are a church on fire.”

Do you have regular Eucharistic adoration at your parish? If you don’t, you should bring the possibility up with your priest and ask other parishioners to petition for it!



  • CatholicJoe

    We have it our parish, but hardly anyone goes. I was the only one under 80, unfortunately, who went last time. It’s not mentioned by the pastor during the announcements. Also, it would be nice if it had prayers & benediction as well. Once, a volunteer pleaded for people to please attend as attendance dwindled to adoration.

    It works and it incredibly builds spirtituality & breathes life, but the leadership must believe in it, too.

  • Michelle

    We have had Perpetual Adoration in our parish for the past 13 years, 24/7!!!!! Imagine, someone has been visiting w/our Lord, exposed in the monstrance for 13 years, uninterrupted! Our little chapel is heaven on earth. And such a blessing. It does not matter what time of the day it is, what day of the week. When you drive by you can ALWAYS stop in.

  • Liz

    This is a great story! My parish, located in Ohio, has perpetual adoration. It is a great blessing but it is hard to keep up!

  • LaJuan

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Jan

    Thank you for presenting this story that has the most incredible potential to transform parishes (just talking about the story itself here now). It should be a touchstone for the USCCB in their newsletters and every other means to get the attention of all bishops and priests, religious orders, etc.
    I know that Archbishop Dolan always appreciates tangible ways to “fire up” our Church. This story has POWERFUL implications if the the Adoration is implemented and the story itself is revisited often. Ya – “Power Visits” at lunch – the “new” Faith Makers – Adoration and the Rosary. Jesus I trust in You

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