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What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Eucharistic Adoration exists to follow Christ's example in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he asked the apostles, "Could you not spend one hour with me?" (Matthew 26:40).
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One topic that often comes up in Catholic culture but is still frequently misunderstood is the Roman Catholic practice of Eucharistic Adoration. Many Catholic parishes offer Eucharistic Adoration. Some offer it monthly, weekly, daily, or even perpetually (24/7). So what does all this stuff about Eucharistic Adoration mean?

Simply put, Eucharistic Adoration exists to follow Christ's example in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he asked the apostles, "Could you not spend one hour with me?" (Matthew 26:40).

Eucharistic Adoration was created to do exactly that. During Eucharistic adoration, Catholics set aside a Holy Hour for prayer and reflection. Eucharistic Adoration chapels are used to put the Blessed Sacrament on display, and faithful Catholics volunteer one hour to stay there and meditate on the consecrated host used during Holy Communion. During this holy hour, chaplets and rosaries are frequently prayed, as well as many other types of prays and meditations.

What follows is a long (but by no means complete) list of Catholic parishes around the Chicago area that have Eucharistic Adoration as part of their weekly schedule, and sometimes for even longer periods (daily or perpetual adoration). There are many other Catholic parishes around the Chicago area who have Eucharistic Adoration but are not listed here, including those who practice it once a month. Not surprisingly, it is very easy to find a parish near you that offers some form of Eucharistic Adoration. If you've never observed Eucharistic Adoration, you might want to visit such a parish for a Holy Hour. As St. Paul himself noted, we should strive to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thes 5:17). If you've never been to a Holy Hour for Adoration, give it a shot.

Some Chicago area parishes that practice Eucharistic Adoration:

  • Ss. Peter & Paul Parish
  • http://www.sspeterandpaul.net
  • 36 N. Ellsworth
  • Naperville, Illinois 60540
  • 630-355-1081
  • Adoration: This door is unlocked from 6 AM - 6 PM seven days a week. During the night hours, access is with a digital code
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • 4640 N Ashland Ave
  • Chicago, Illinois 60640
  • 773-561-2141
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church
  • http://holycross-batavia.org
  • 2300 West Main Street
  • Batavia, Illinois 60510
  • 630-879-4750
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St Mary
  • http://stmaryelgin.com
  • 397 Fulton street
  • Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • 847-888-2828
  • Adoration: Tuesday afternoon 1:30 - 7:00 pm Spanish Adoration Friday evening 7:30 - 8:30 pm
  • St Patrick
  • http://stpatrickparish.org
  • 400 Cedar Street
  • St Charles, Illinois 60174
  • 630-338-8000
  • Adoration Information: Wednesday 9:00 am - Thursday 8:20 am
  • St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church
  • http://www.stdan.net
  • 5300 S. Natoma Ave.
  • Chicago, Illinois 60638
  • 773-586-1223
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle
  • http://saintthomascatholicchurch.org
  • 451 Terra Cotta Ave
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
  • 815-455-5400
  • Adoration Information: Tuesdays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday evenings from 5:30 pm until Sunday mornings at 7:30 am
  • St Mary of Gostyn
  • 441 Prairie Avenue
  • Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
  • 630-969-1063
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • http://www.elizabethannseton.org
  • 1023 McHenry Avenue
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
  • 815-459-3033
  • Adoration : Mon - Fri 7:30 am to 7pm Sat 9:30 to 4pm Sun 9am to Noon
  • St. Irene
  • http://www.st-irene.org/
  • 28W441 Warrenville Rd
  • Warrenville, Illinois 60555
  • 630-393-2400
  • Adoration Information: Eucharistic Adoration ~ Thursdays 7:30am to 4:00pm
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • http://www.holynamecathedral.org
  • 730 N Wabash Ave
  • Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • 312-787-8040
  • Adoration Information: Eucharistic Adoration is held at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on the First and Third Fridays of every month. Adoration begins after the 8:00 A.M. Mass and ends with Benediction after the 5:15PM Mass.
  • St John Brebeuf
  • http://www.sjbrebeuf.org
  • 8307 N Harlem Ave
  • Niles, Illinois 60714
  • 847-966-8145
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Queen of the Rosary Catholic Church
  • http://www.qotr.org
  • 750 Elk Grove Blvd
  • Elk Grove, Illinois 60007
  • 847-437-0403
  • Adoration Information: Eucharistic Adoration is offered every Monday from 7am (following the 6:30am mass) until 6:30pm, when it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Saint Zachary Parish
  • http://www.saintzachary.org
  • 567 W Algonquin Rd
  • Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
  • 847-956-7020
  • Adoration Information: Every Tuesday at 7:00pm for Eucharistic Adoration. The Rosary is prayed at 7:30pm.
  • St. Theresa Parish
  • http://www.sttheresachurch.org
  • 455 N Benton St.
  • Palatine, Illinois 60067
  • 847-358-7760
  • Adoration Information: The All Night Eucharistic Vigil is on the First Friday of Every Month. Adoration starts after the 8:00am Friday Mass and continues until the 7:00pm First Friday Mass. Adoration resumes after the 7:00pm First Friday Mass until the 8:00am Saturday Mass.
  • Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church
  • http://www.olwparish.org
  • 434 W Park St
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
  • 847-253-5353
  • Adoration Information:Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday: 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thursday from 2:00pm-3:00pm. The Church is open 7:00am-3:00pm daily for private prayer.
  • Saint Mary Parish
  • http://www.stmarybg.org
  • 10 N Buffalo Grove Rd
  • Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
  • 847-541-1450
  • Adoration Information: Every Thursday from 8:00pm-midnight
  • Saint Mary Parish
  • http://www.stmary-dp.org
  • 794 Pearson Street
  • Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
  • 847-824-8144
  • Adoration Information: Every Tuesday from 1:30pm-9:00pm
  • St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church
  • 3535 Thornwood Avenue
  • Glenview, Illinois 60026
  • 847-729-1414
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Holy Family Catholic Community
  • http://www.holyfamilyparish.org
  • 2515 Palatine Road
  • Inverness, Illinois 60067
  • 847-359-0042
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St. Mary of the Angels
  • http://www.sma-church.org
  • 1850 N Hermitage ave
  • Chicago, Illinois 60622
  • 773-278-2644
  • Adoration Information: Every Thursday from 9:30am to 8:30pm
  • St. Elizabeth Seton
  • http://www.sesnaperville.org
  • 2220 Lisson Road
  • Naperville, Illinois 60565
  • 630-416-3325
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • Marytown
  • 1600 West Park Avenue
  • Libertyville, Illinois 60048
  • 847-367-7800
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St. George
  • 6707 W. 175th St
  • Tinley Park , Illinois 60477
  • 708-532-2243
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • St. Gerald Parish
  • 9310 S. 55th Court
  • Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
  • 708-422-0234
  • Adoration Information: Eucharist Adoration Monday through Friday 9am-5pm
  • St. Therese Shrine
  • 8501 Bailey Rd.
  • Darien, Illinois 60561
  • 630-969-3311
  • Adoration Information: Every week day, Monday through Friday, Mass is celebrated at 11:30.
  • St. Alexander
  • http://www.stalexanderparish.org/
  • 300 South Cornell
  • Villa Park, Illinois 60181
  • 630-833-7730
  • Adoration Information: Hopefully soon to be Perpetual. They are working on getting the needed adorers. Currently they are only closed Friday at midnight until Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
  • St. Clement
  • http://www.clement.org
  • 642 W. Deming Place
  • Chicago, Illinois 60614
  • 773-281-0371
  • Adoration Information: Adoration takes place on Thursdays in the Church Regular hours: 4pm-6:30pm Rosary at 6:00pm Benediction and Reposition at 6:30pm
  • St. Peter's in the Loop
  • 110 West Madison S.
  • Chicago, Illinois 60602
  • 312-372-5111
  • Adoration Information:Adoration Monday-Friday 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm. Benediction at 4:45 pm.
  • St. Bede the Venerable
  • http://www.stbedechicago.org/
  • 8200 S. Kostner Ave
  • Chicago, Illinois 60652
  • 773-884-2000
  • Perpetual Adoration (24 hours, 7 days a week)