St. Cecelia perpetual adoration chapel celebrates 22 years
By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
July 13, 2006
ALGONA - Perpetual adoration brings Catholics in some parishes and religious
communities to chapels to pray before the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
The perpetual adoration chapel at St. Cecelia Parish in Algona was
established July 1, 1984, so people have been participating in Algona for 22
"I know that at that time there were several (perpetual adoration
chapels) started around the country," Lorri Larsen, pastoral associate at
St. Cecelia Parish. "The information that I have is that there are only 644
perpetual adoration chapels in the United States."
Larsen and her husband Deacon Robert Larsen have belonged to three parishes
including St. Cecelia's that have perpetual adoration chapels.
"I think our parishioners feel the benefit from the prayer," said
Larsen. "It calls us together as a community to be responsible to one
Larsen commented that a lot of good responses come out of the chapel and the
"I think so many good things have come to the parish as a result of the
perpetual adoration chapel," said Father Paul Eisele, pastor at St. Cecelia
Church. "We have 24-hour, all year long prayer for various petitions that
parishioners put in there all the time. There is a book that has the petitions
written in it. Eucharistic adoration is an important part of the church. We need
to continue to do that. It has been very much of a blessing for the
He continued that perpetual adoration is an important ministry in the United
"It is a good time to be quiet in the presence of the Lord and listen to
what God has to say to us," said the pastoral associate. "When we were
renovating our church and a little in the chapel, one of the phrases that I came
across was 'to place yourself in the divine presence of the divine
She continued that this is one of the issues that they try to bring before
people - "to come and be quiet and let that quiet heal your spirit."
"He knows where we need to be healed even before we do," said
The perpetual adoration chapel at St. Cecelia's is located in the church on
the east side where the east sacristy used to be. It has been renovated into the
"Because of illness, health or retirement, we always have some rotation
of positions," said Larsen. "Our goal is to get two people in for
every hour that way they can shift back and forth."
Communities that have established perpetual adoration of the Eucharist are
expected to assure that there are always some members present in prayer before
the Blessed Sacrament.
At St. Cecelia's, there are often times prayer partners in the chapel and
sometimes whole families, noted Larsen. People from surrounding communities also
go to the chapel to pray.
"The benefit of the chapel the parishioners and the community is a
definite healing power that we don't possess. It is a bond of community in our
parish. We have people that come that are not Catholic that spend time in
there," said Larsen. "It is open 24 hours a day if people need to, in
a crisis situation, go and pray and know that they are in a safe place. There is
always someone there."
The chapel has some safety features because people are there around the
clock. There is a self-contained restroom with a telephone, so if anything would
happen - emergency, health issues, someone could make a call.
"We have installed locks on all of the doors, so if someone is not
comfortable being there, you can lock the door and feel secure," said
Larsen. "We have made it as safe as we could. We encourage people to
sign-up for an hour for those open hours and for hours that only have one person
- to have the flexibility of being away."