St. Patrick Parish opens new adoration chapel
COLORADO SPRINGS. On June 14, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the members of St. Patrick Parish gathered for the opening of their new eucharistic adoration chapel, named Our Lady of Knock Chapel. On that day, Father Michael Goodyear led a eucharistic procession around the church parking lot. After Benediction in the main sanctuary, Father Goodyear processed the Blessed Sacrament to the Our Lady of Knock Chapel. Standing guard was St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Assembly 3049 Honor Guard. Parishioners came to adore Jesus throughout the afternoon.
Over the years, many parishioners and visitors have asked why St. Patrick did not have a chapel for eucharistic adoration. Through Father Goodyear’s inspiration and leadership, a layled Adoration Committee was established in December 2019. Consisting of 10 parishioners, the committee’s responsibilities included determining the location, name and décor of the chapel, and expanding the times for eucharistic adoration to at least five days a week. Several townhall meetings were held to solicit parishioner input. Working with a limited donor-restricted budget, and through restrictions caused by the coronavirus, the committee worked towards the opening of the adoration chapel on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
One key decision was to choose the chapel name. The committee solicited input from parishioners. With voting just weeks before the chapel opening, parishioners selected the name “Our Lady of Knock Adoration Chapel.” The name, “Our Lady of Knock” is fitting for a chapel at St. Patrick, in keeping with the Irish heritage of the parish. On August 21, 1879, in the town of Knock in northwestern Ireland, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. All were in fervent adoration of the Lamb of God on the altar. No words were spoken. Fifteen villagers knelt in the pouring rain as they witnessed this apparition. Many miracles have been attributed to what is now the shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and many popes have visited this holy place.
Although the chapel is now open, there are many plans for the future. Parishioners still anxiously await the delivery of the new altar — delayed because of the pandemic’s impact on the shipping industry. In mid-September, St. Patrick will host a eucharistic weekend, when a priest from the Fathers of Mercy will speak at all Masses on the value and benefits of adoration. During this weekend, there will be an extensive display of approved eucharistic miracles from around the world. Afterwards, St. Patrick will expand their eucharistic adoration from two days a week and first Sundays to five days a week.
For more information concerning eucharistic adoration at St. Patrick, send an email to email@example.com.