Adoration Chapel

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The Blessed Sacrament is accessible for adoration 24 hours each day at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration. The chapel is located at 25 E. Richmond St. Please enter through the door to the left of the Parish entrance. The door is open from 5 AM–10 PM. Please call the Parish for information to gain access during night hours.

The chapel is strictly a place for private/silent prayer in the presence of Jesus Christ, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The most Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance upon the altar of the chapel. The Eucharist, exposed for adoration, is the center, heart, and reason for the chapel. It is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ "broken by man's cruelty, yet symbol of love's triumph, pledge of all we are called to be"    [ The Roman Missal / Mass of the Sacred Heart].

All of the windows, original artwork, decoration, and liturgical appointments have been chosen to focus attention upon the Lord, truly present in the Eucharist. The devotional chapel seeks to establish a cohesive theme of love and devotion, drawing us closer to Jesus... our life, our sweetness, and our hope! It is a devotional chapel, meant to foster piety and private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a place of silence and prayer.

The Altar of Repose
The heart and center of the Sacred Heart Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration is the Altar of Repose. Handmade of beautiful oak, the gothic altar consists of the base and three gothic "towers." In the center is the tabor upon which the monstrance rests. The monstrance, made in Vienna, Austria, stands almost 28". The colorful cloisonne cross shape of the Monstrance, surrounding the Eucharist, bears the symbols of the Four Evangelists [Matthew/Angel, Mark/Lion, Luke/Ox and John/Eagle].

Standing on either side of the Blessed Sacrament are statues of Saint Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary. These statues were originally installed in the "second Holy Trinity Church" ~ located where the present church stands, and built in the summer of 1940 by Father Daniel J. Stokes. Until recently, they were in the care of parishioners. We are grateful that they took such good care of them, and that they donated the statues back to the parish to be used in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

  

 

Shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
To the right of the Altar of Repose is the shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ the patron of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. The linden wood, hand-carved statue is from Italy. The gothic shrine has a prominent place in the chapel. The title of the "Sacred Heart" is a reminder of the great love Jesus has for each and every one of us... a love that knows no limits, a love that is a total gift of self, a love that brought Him to offer Himself in sacrifice upon the altar of the Cross. The Eucharist IS the sacrifice of Jesus... His total gift of self.

Shrine to Saint Monica
To the left of the Altar of Repose is the shrine to Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She is the patron saint of those who have fallen away from the devout and sincere practice of our Catholic Faith - and patron of those who pray for them. For over thirty years Monica prayed for the conversion of her husband and son, Augustine. Through perseverance in prayer, and constancy in love, her prayers were answered. She stands as a model and patron for all those who pray for family and friends who have turned away from the faith of the Church. The beautiful linden wood, hand-carved statue is from Italy.

Window of the Holy Spirit
Made in England and installed by King Richard's Religious Artifacts ~ Alpharetta, Georgia

The large window behind the Altar of Reposition is seen most completely from the outside of the chapel. Incorporating the colors and style of the other windows, the center-piece of the window is a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, with rays of light radiating out to the world.

Gothic Reliquary Containing Relics of the Saints
To the left of the altar [on the north wall of the chapel], there is a wooden reliquary shrine, made to resemble the facade of Holy Trinity Church - the "House of God" in our midst, and a symbol of the reality of the Church itself... "The Communion of Saints." Proudly displayed on the shelf is a beautiful Gothic-style Reliquary. Inside the ornate gold finished Gothic Reliquary, relics are on display through the glass -- "relics" are sacred objects, small fragments of the bones, or personal belongings of the saints. There are twelve relics contained in the Gothic Reliquary. They represent the twelve saints whose images are part of the decoration of the Chapel...

A relic [piece] of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A relic of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary
A relic of Saint Monica
A relic of Saint Peregrine, OSM
A relic of Saint Thomas Aquinas
A relic of Saint Tarsicius
A relic of Saint Pashal Baylon
A relic of Blessed Imelda Lambertini, OP
A relic of Saint Teresa of Lisieux, OCD
A relic of Saint Thomas Becket
A relic of Saint Juliana Falconieri, OSM
A relic of Saint Clare of Assisi

As part of the Communion of Saints, members of the Church Triumphant in Heaven, the saints pray for us, and present our petitions constantly before the Lord. They join their prayers to ours, and by their faith, love, and example, our communion with them enables us to raise our minds and hearts to God in a continual prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the blessings He has bestowed upon us, our parish, and the Church throughout the world.

Document Links

Chapel Conduct

General Information for Adorers

Substitution Process

Registered Eucharistic Adorer Letter

Contact

For more information about the Adoration Chapel, please contact Joe or Maureen Garro at 630-968-3844 or mojo.garro@gmail.com

Mass Schedule

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Saturday: 4:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am  9:30am  11:30am
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm (Sept-May Only)

Daily Mass
Monday-Saturday: 8:15am

Confession
Saturday: 3:15 - 4:15pm

Contact Us

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Parish Office
25 E. Richmond St.

Westmont, IL 60559

Phone: 630-968-1366
Fax: 630-968-7846

Email: htparish@comcast.net