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St. Pius Parish expands adoration for school children

new 08 Pius PAGESt. Pius Parish in Redwood City has expanded First Friday hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in 2016 from a few hours to 24-hours. (Courtesy photo)

April 6, 2017

St. Pius Parish in Redwood City expanded First Friday hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in 2016 from a few hours to 24-hours, the parish said in an update for Catholic San Francisco.

Although well attended by the adult parishioners, time for adoration was not routinely offered to the children in the parish school. The prayer and worship commission identified the need for the children to be exposed to adoration in order to foster their participation in this means of worshipping Jesus Christ.

With support from the parish council, a formal plan was developed to provide the children with both a didactic educational experience on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, coupled with an interactive experience with the leaders of the educational program subsequent to their adoration experience.

The adoration program built on an already existing “buddy system,” which has been in place for many years. The system links older parish school children with younger children to assist the younger children in various school activities. Both the younger children and the older children gain confidence through their relationships with each other, leading to an environment of trust and enhanced learning, the parish said.

The program included both didactic and interactive experiences with the program coordinators. The didactic component included explanation of adoration, worship, the Real Presence, benefits of adoration and theology of Jesus as the second person of the Holy Trinity. The interactive component included conjoint participation in adoration with the children’s teachers, the program coordinators and ultimately with the children’s individual “buddies.” Adoration was followed by debriefings to provide the children with an opportunity to articulate their personal experience.

All nine grades now participate in adoration, and feedback from the children to the coordinators has been positive, “indicative of the children’s enjoyment of time with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” the parish said.

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