Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and ends with Benediction at 9 p.m. Fr. Girotti credits the parish’s faith formation coordinator, Connie DeMeuse, as the one responsible for making Wednesday the day of adoration. It is on that day that the parish’s catechetical program takes place for students in grades one through 12. More than 50 students are enrolled this fall semester.
“Our vision was to find a way for our students, along with their families, to have an opportunity to come and spend time with Jesus. Since we have classes on Wednesdays, we made it a priority to try and have it on Wednesday each week,” explained DeMeuse.
Students attend adoration near the end of each class period. “Our catechists have been very eager from the beginning to bring the students over to the church and have them spend some quiet time with the Lord,” she added.
DeMeuse hopes parishioners and other visitors will also stop in and pray. “I think it is very important in our world today, with so much chaos and sin, for individuals and families to be able to step away from the outside and come into our church and find quiet serenity in the presence of the Lord.”
Fr. Girotti said that once the word got out about weekly adoration, the parish did not have a problem finding at least two people to sign up for each of the 12 hours. Assisting in the organization has been Deacon Tom Mahoney.
Assigned to the Cathedral parish, Deacon Mahoney said that adoration has been a regular part of his and his wife’s life for over 10 years. The two of them pray together each week at Christ the King Perpetual Adoration Chapel located in the lower level of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Green Bay. In fact, he credited that hour of prayer before the Lord as one of the many signs along the way that the permanent diaconate might be where the Lord was calling him.
“I don’t think that I would have been as open to the possibility of becoming a deacon without that weekly adoration,” explained Deacon Mahoney. “My wife and I weren’t praying for the diaconate specifically, we were just there at Ss. Peter and Paul’s to be with the Lord when the Lord said, ‘I would like you to go in this direction.'”
Both he and Fr. Girotti noted that this new Wednesday prayer is not meant to take away from or compete with the adoration chapel at Ss. Peter and Paul.
“This is just for one day a week and is meant to complement the prayer that takes place at Ss. Peter and Paul,” said Fr. Girotti.
Deacon Mahoney hopes that downtown business men and women will take advantage of the cathedral’s location to stop in on a lunch break and spend time in adoration on Wednesdays.
“You wouldn’t have to be there a whole hour. You could stop by the Cathedral for five or 10 minutes just to put your day back in order and still have time for lunch and get back to work.”
Fr. Girotti agrees.
“I am very happy about this. We are just getting started but I feel it will be a blessing for the parish. It is a chance to have a peaceful moment in the midst of a busy day.”