Perpetual Adoration began in the Wisconsin Rapids Deanery October 1, 2004, in the former convent of SS. Peter and Paul in Wisconsin Rapids. Please contact Marion Young (715-424-1961) to commit to spending an hour with the Lord.
Click here (for PDF file) for a sign-up form to volunteer your time.
Click here (for PDF file) for a copy of the most recent Adoration newsletter.
"Your faith will help you to realize it is Jesus Himself who is present, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week."
His Holiness John Paul II
Find out more about Prepetual Adoration at the Real Presence Association.
It is already a response to God's grace to recognize the value of making a pilgrimage. It is by God's help that we learn of or decide upon a pilgrimage destination and have the ability and means to travel to that holy place. Pilgrimage is a prayerful, holy journey to a holy place of worship and veneration to receive graces and blessings. It is important to keep in mind the intentions and petitions that we bring to the Mother of America Perpetual Adoration Chapel (241 Apricot St., Wis. Rapids, WI) to present to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady of Guadalupe as we venerate her holy sacred relic image.
During the Year of the Eucharist (October 2004 to October 2005), Pope John Paul II extended the grace of a plenary indulgence to be gained “each time the faithful participated attentively and piously in a sacred function or a devotional exercise undertaken in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, solemnly exposed or contained in the tabernacle," and by participating in acts of worship and veneration of the Most Holy Sacrament. The same grace of a plenary indulgence may be gained through the completion of a holy pilgrimage. The usual conditions for obtaining a plenary indulgence include "…sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father." Earning a plenary indulgence leaves "the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin." The graces and blessings of a pilgrimage are bestowed during the entire time of preparation, planning, and travel to and from, as well as during participation in prayer, study, worship and veneration at the pilgrimage destination. (Providing no grave sin would prevent receiving Holy Communion, the sacrament of confession may be received within eight days prior to or eight days following the pilgrimage visit.)
A portion of the Holy Father's decree (Number 1479) reminded us: "Since the faithful departed now being purified (in Purgatory) are also members of the communion of saints, one way we can help them is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishment due for their sins may be remitted." Continuing to pray for our deceased relatives and friends is of great comfort and spiritual value for them and for us.
We are encouraged to touch personal items (rosaries, chaplets, medals, etc.) or holy cards and pictures to the relic of Our Lady of Guadalupe. These sacramentals keep us closer to our tender and loving Mother, as a reminder of her message and gifts to us.
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Each year we celebrate the Birth of Mary sometime in the month of September.
More information will follow as the time approaches.
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church offers a special bilingual Spanish Mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. The relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose permanent home is in the Wisconsin Rapids Marian Center for Peace, is present during Mass.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on December 12, 2009.