PORT ST. LUCIE | Many Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Palm Beach offer their parishioners the opportunity to sit in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. For example, St. Bernadette Church in Port St. Lucie, offers perpetual adoration 24 hours a day, six days a week, from 9 a.m. Monday to 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel.
Father Victor Ulto, pastor, expressed that perpetual adoration at St. Bernadette Church is a quiet time where faithful come to worship and pray before the real presence of Jesus—the consecrated host — placed in the center of the monstrance.
The Florida Catholic asked Father Ulto why adoration is important. He responded that “the Eucharist is the source and center of our lives as Catholics” and has been at the heart of the parish’s growth as a faith community. “At first, we didn’t have any permanent place (to worship); however, we were allowed to use a modular building on our property where the grotto is, which was included as a dedicated worship space. We began exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from that moment; and that was only one day a week at the time. I know that that is what has made our parish grow and be blessed is our devotion to the Eucharist.”
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