|We have been having a "Children's Holy Hour" almost monthly since I arrived at St Philomena's in
Peoria, Il, three years ago. I took the idea from Fr. Antoine Thomas of the Congregation of St John,
and adapted it to suit our community here.
It lasts about 45 minutes and is a good mixture of songs (praise and worship, led on guitar), silent
adoration, petitions, catechesis, and a decade of the rosary.
We have as many as 100 kids for our more special occasions, although typically the numbers range
between 25 and 40.
The kids come into the sanctuary (about ages 4-10) while the parents sit in the pews. The parents have
often thanked me for introducing their children to our Eucharistic Lord through these holy hours.
Afterwards, we go to a separate place and eat treats made by the moms.
Fr. Charles Klamut
|Greetings fellow adorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!
We have just had our first Children of Hope holy hour for children and I wanted to share with you how great it
was! I advertised it by posters only for this first week as I wanted to keep it small for the first try. We had 15
there! It was so touching to see the little children praying before Jesus! I was nervous at first because we
have tried to start this for a long time now but we were unable to obtain a priest to commit to each week.
We have decided to go ahead and have it each Saturday at 2 pm (we already have Perpetual Adoration
here) and there was an opening at that time. We have asked many priests from our Diocese to come and
be our guest leader. We have the materials ready and a suggested format to follow so he doesn’t have to
totally “wing it”! This seems to be a hit with them! The first week was beautiful and I look forward to many
more to come. I wish we had started this sooner! God bless you all, and go for it!!
St Francis of Assisi Parish
February 2nd, 2002 Feast of the Presentation of Jesus
ps. It has been over 6 years since I posted this and we still meet each Saturday. It's wonderful! Many
miracles in the lives of the families!
One little boy began coming with his mom each week and they would pray for a special intention. After a
few months they shared this intention was that their oldest daughter was getting married and not planning to
marry in the church. Each week he gave her to Jesus and asked for help. He asked his mom all the time if
his sister had changed her mind, had his sister come back to the church.... After 6 months one day his Mom
got a call from this sister. "Mom," she said, "I have come to believe that the Eucharist is really Jesus, (big
wink from Heaven!!) and that only the Catholic Church has this...." she had gone to confession, was back
going to Mass and was going to be married in the church!!! This little boy was so happy! The next week he
was praying his future Brother in law would become a Catholic. 14 months later, at Christmastime they
heard the good news, He had joined RCIA 3 months earlier and would become a Catholic at Easter!!! God
is good!!! After 2 wonderful gifts from this child's prayers before Jesus, Fr Antoine responded, "Tell him to
ask for world peace!" :-)