Two-Adorer Directive

November 19, 2021

Dear Parishioners:   
     Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration started at St. John the Apostle Church 25 years ago. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament “offers the opportunity to the people of God for prayerful reflection on their call to a deeper devotion to the Holy Eucharist and a more faithful living of the Christian life. It provides them with an opportunity to become more aware of Christ’s presence with His people and invites them to a spiritual communion with Him” (Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist). Over these 25 years, thousands of the faithful have come to adore Jesus Christ, present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament…24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
     I am writing to call your attention to a new guideline from the Office of Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Newark, which says: “There should be at least two people present during the period of Eucharistic exposition. This will ensure the safety of both the Blessed Sacrament and those present for adoration.” Currently, we have many hours with only one adorer present.As a result, in order to continue perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, we must have at least two adorers for each hour 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I ask you to consider coming to pray an hour with Jesus Christ. The need is urgent and the future of our Perpetual Adoration depends on your response. Contact the rectory (908-486- 6363) or email, if you will spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Thank you and may God continue to bless you for your generosity in giving the gift of time in prayer at our Perpetual Adoration Chapel!

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Fr. Mauro