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Perpetual Adoration has started in Jennings County, and we need you to get involved. Visit the Chapel of the Good Shepherd located next to our parish center. For more information about how you can sign up for this blessed opportunity to adore the Lord please call (812) 346-3604 or visit HERE.
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Dear Adorer and Guardian of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Thank you for answering “His Call,” the call from the Lord to adore His real presence in the Eucharist. By your affirmative answer you have become a member of a distinct group of people. People whose love for the Lord is expressed in an hour of adoration and powerful praise. By saying yes to Him, who invited you, you join the line of people that stretches through the centuries, from the stable in Bethlehem in the company of the angels, shepherds, and Magi through all of history to this day. This mystical union of ages and adoring souls has sustained the very heart of the Church. Perpetual Adoration is the giving of your time to the Lord; it lasts for as long as your love for Jesus lasts. For such a commitment the graces and blessings that will be bestowed on you and your loved ones will be abundant in this life and beyond measure in the next.
Fellow adorer, we are aware of the busy schedule that you have and the commitments that life places on you. We are grateful that you have chosen to make the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus a priority and have made an Oasis for Him in the midst of your chaotic pace of life. As a faithful Roman Catholic, a commitment like yours is a witness to our belief in the power of prayer, silence, and adoration in the Presence of our Eucharistic Lord. This giving of your time will remind us all of how He, the Master, gives His all for us. Perpetual Adoration will not only strengthen our Catholic community, but it will help us to stay focused on the important events in our journey through life. May He who is ever present, bless you, protect you, and may Our Most Holy Mother, Mary, under Her title of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, draw you ever closer to Her Son in His Real Presence in the Eucharist.
Thank you once again for answering “His Call.”
– Fr. Jerry Byrd
- Your commitment to adore is a blessing from the Lord.
- Each time you adore you are asked to sign-in. It is important that each hour be covered and we know that someone was there. Even if it is not “your” hour and you just “stop by.”
- Please remember to sign in for your hour of adoration at the beginning of your assigned hour. That way the person before you will know that you are in the chapel, and they are now at liberty to leave.
- Check the sign-in sheet before you leave the chapel to make sure the person who is scheduled for the next hour is in the chapel. If the person after your hour does not show up, and you choose to be the substitute for the next hour, sign your name on the sign-in sheet and put the word (substitute) after your name. This will let the Hour Coordinator know an unscheduled absence took place and needs to be rectified.
- The Blessed Sacrament must NEVER be left alone. You are the “Guardian” of the Eucharist at your hour.
- The procedure to follow when you cannot make your assigned hour:
- Contact the people who are assigned to the same hour as you (if there is someone) and let them know you will not be there.
- If this fails you should try to get a substitute.
- If you cannot get a substitute you should contact your Hour Coordinator
- If you are not successful with a, b, or c, contact your Division Leader.
- If this fails, contact the Head Coordinator.
- Last contact the Pastor.
- 6. Become familiar with the Adorers who adore at your hour on the other days of the week. They might be the best people to cover for you. You may find it necessary to switch days for some important reason during the year. You should be able to depend upon each other because of your valuable commitment to the Lord.
Respect for Our Lord is displayed in the following ways:
- Genuflect upon entering the presence of the Lord
- One or two knee genuflections are appropriate
- Please bow profoundly if you are unable to genuflect
- Be mindful of proper, respectful attire (dress)
- You should feel comfortable, but remember it is a sacred place.
- Please refrain from talking; maintain a reverent silence.
- -If you need to talk to someone, leave the chapel, and hold your conversation in the entry-way or outside in a low voice.
- No spontaneous unscheduled prayer services or preaching is allowed.
- Adoration is a peaceful, private time for each adorer.
- If there is public prayer- the rosary etc. all those in the chapel should be engaged.
- Never eat or drink in the chapel.
- Chewing gum or candy is not respectful either.
- No cell phones should be used in the chapel.
- Please silence your cell phone. Please refrain from texting.
- There is a CD player in the back of the chapel. Please use it; however be sure the other people in the chapel with you are in agreement to
- Nothing is to be placed on the altar. Examples: flowers, notes, statues, etc.
- The spiritual reading materials in the chapel library are never to be removed from the chapel. They are present for public use. Personal
copies may be obtained by contacting the Chapel Librarian (Steve Gill).
- No material of any kind is to be placed in the chapel unless authorized by the Head Coordinator. Please do not leave books, booklets,
- The chapel telephone is for “Emergency Use Only” (police, fire or emergency substitution).
To All Adorers—Remain Faithful! If you should have any problems during your hour of adoration such as illness, if the person that is to follow you in adoration does not show up, or if you sense something out of the ordinary going on, please use the phone provided for the chapel to call one of the following:
- If you become sick during your hour, let the other person in the chapel know, and you may leave. If you become sick or ill, and you are the only person in the chapel, call the Hour Coordinator for your hour. (All important telephone numbers will be posted close to the phone.)
- If the person that is to relieve you does not show up and you cannot stay on for an extra hour, call the Hour Coordinator for the hour following yours.
- If you cannot reach your Hour Coordinator then call your Division Leader:
- Midnight-6Am: Kevin Capes
- 6Am-Noon: Maggie Green
- Noon-6Pm: Nora Campbell
- 6Pm-Midnight: Steve Smith
- If you cannot reach the Division Leader then call the Head Coordinators: Matt or Melissa Harsh.
- If an emergency of a serious nature arises … call the appropriate emergency numbers that will be posted close to the phone (fire, police, pastor).
Each month a different Monstrance will be used in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Between the three parishes we have five monstrances. Each one is unique and beautiful. The different monstrances will be a great opportunity for us to show our love and devotion to Christ and think of the many faithful Catholics who through donations and their own sacrificial giving obtained these monstrances for the parishes.
There is a large candle rack for the lighting of devotional candles. When we light a candle we say a prayer, make an offering, witness to others of our presence and in a symbolic way keep our prayer burning before the Lord. The small candles should be accompanied with a $0.50, if possible.
There will be large candles burning on the altar next to our Lord; the candles last about six days. If you would like to attach a prayer petition to these candles and have the candle burnt in someone’s memory or for a prayer petition, there are envelopes in the entry way of the chapel for this purpose. The cost of these “6-day candles” is $3. You will be notified when your candle is lit. A sign mentioning the petitions will be in the entryway of the chapel. Please pray for these intentions.
The Chapel will be locked from 9PM-6AM. The Chapel will also be locked when it is closed due to bad weather. When the chapel is locked during the night hours, the individuals with those hours will know the door combination. This is how you should enter the chapel. If you do not have a regularly scheduled hour, but would like to pray during the Lock Down hours just knock on the door. The guardian/adorer inside will hear you knock, and open the door.
Letting people in after hours
If you have an evening hour, you have the option not to go to the door and let someone in. If you are not comfortable with admitting others into your hour; that is fine. If you look out the window of the entry door, and do not recognize the individual feel free to talk trough the window and say, “I cannot give you access into the chapel during Lock Down hours. Please visit the parish office tomorrow to gain code access.”
Sleeping in the Chapel
We read in sacred scripture that the apostles fell asleep with our Lord. If you fall asleep, it is “ok.” Do not feel guilty.
Please do NOT give money, food or clothing to people who stop by the chapel. Please let them know about St. Vincent de Paul. Info Cards about St. Vincent de Paul with the address, times of operation and telephone numbers are available in the entryway in case someone has questions.
The chapel will follow the same cancelation schedule as Jennings County Schools. When the schools are closed due to bad weather so will the chapel. We will try to get info to the T.V. stations, radios etc., but always know that if school is closed, so is the chapel.
If you are in need of a substitute, there is a substitute list. Please feel free to call them and ask for coverage. This list will be kept up to date to the best of our ability. If you need your name added to this list or taken off, please let us know.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” There is no problem with bringing young children to the chapel. However, please be mindful of the need for silence and reverence. If your child is being disruptive please leave the chapel, unless you are the only one assigned to that hour. Please be respectful of other people in the chapel with you, especially if your child is making a lot of noise. There will be Children’s Books of a religious nature in the chapel library.
There is a bathroom in the chapel. Feel free to use it as needed. Please keep it clean and be sure the sink and toilet are not left running. If you notice that it has been left a mess, please clean it up, or notify the parish office. If you are the only person in the chapel covering an hour it is permissible to use the bathroom. Do not feel that you need to leave the door open; our Lord understands.
Pastor: Fr. Jerry Byrd
Head Coordinators: Matt and Melissa Harsh
- Midnight-6:00AM: Kevin Capes
- 6AM-Noon: Maggie Green
- Noon-6PM: Nora Campbell
- 6PM-Midnight: Steve Smith
- 12-Midnight: Traci Yoder
- 1 AM: Doug Reitman
- 2 AM: Randy Robinson
- 3AM: Jennifer Ertel
- 4AM: Francis Walker
- 5AM: Rob Pennington
- 6AM: Dorthy Bailey
- 7AM: Dave Leach
- 8AM: Mary Kilgore
- 9AM: Jean Zourhlaut
- 10AM: Claudia Slabaugh
- 11AM: Barbara Ertel
- 12-Noon: Terri Doran
- 1PM: Lisa Pinare
- 2PM: Joanne Burbrink
- 3PM: Julie Webster
- 4PM: Mary Barlow
- 5PM: Kim Harsh
- 6PM: Justin Hall
- 7PM: Kate Ebinger
- 8PM: Sally Woods
- 9PM: Mark Leach
- 10PM: Lance Treadway
- 11PM: Elizabeth Kirchner