Saturday, July 13, 2013

Planning for the school year adoration times!

During the Summer it is a good time to think about adding times of adoration for school children to the calendar for the upcoming year!  I have found that most pastors and principals are open to this when approached with the idea.  :) There are many ways to make this fit into a school schedule.  For example: You can try to start with First Friday!  At our school we have "First Friday Devotion".  This is the one day of the week that the entire student body meets for "all school Mass".  On first Friday, just after Mass is ended, our pastor then brings Jesus in the Monstrance into the main body of church (carried from the adoration chapel that is attached to the church).  We then have adoration for around 15 minutes led by Father, meditation and a song, and then we pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart.  We close with Divine Praises and a benediction and father carries the Monstrance back to the chapel.  If you have never tried this a great day to start would be October 4th as this is the World Day of Prayer for children!  And, feast of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis! 

Other ways to offer are any day of the week that fits your school schedule and you can either have the teachers bring the students to the chapel if you have one, or make the church the chapel for the day and regular adorers can make their hour in there.  This helps as there are times when there is no class in there and this way someone is always there praying while Jesus is there in the Monstrance. 

An example for you is that our school offers First Monday Adoration day.  The students that day will come in with their class in a time that works for each teacher.  They are given a schedule to pick their time at the start of the school year and that will be their time each month for the year.  They come in from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm.  There are 3 20 minutes slots each hour.  Also, our 7th and 8th grade classes, now that they have been coming all these years, these children no longer need to be led in prayer, they are able to spend the time alone, and their teacher simply brings each class that day at the regular class time for religion!  Works great! 

The younger grades are led in prayer and song by volunteers, usually moms, who come for an hour each month to lead.  If you would like more info on making this work give me a call, or visit the Children of Hope website!  God bless you!


  1. This is great information…I will share it to my daughter's school to see if they can add something like that…Kisses!!

  2. Thanks Lupita! I hope we can get a brother there to help get this started! Brand new High School! Great way to start, right from the first! :)