Return of Perpetual Adoration To Boston After 40-Year Absence

The Archdiocese of Boston is home to more than 1.8 million Catholics. Despite this large number, perpetual adoration has been unavailable in the city of Boston for 40 years. On Tuesday, August 4th, Tim Van Damm and Fr. Peter Grover, OMV will discuss the August return of perpetual adoration to the city of Boston on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Perpetual adoration will return to Boston starting August 15th, 2009.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network headquartered near Boston. CatholicTV streams its broadcast simultaneously, 24 hours a day at www.CatholicTV.com

The return of perpetual adoration to Boston was in direct response to the call of Pope Benedict XVI to have spaces dedicated to prayers for vocations and the sanctity of priests during the Year for Priests. Tim Van Damm is a lay person and coordinator of the endeavor.

Large billboard advertisements in East Boston and Brighton, MA are currently advertising the return of perpetual adoration. The billboards show a picture of the sun shining in the sky with the caption “Sun’s rays for Your Body”. To the right of the image of the sun is an image of a monstrance which holds the Eucharist. The message reads “The Son’s rays for Your Soul”.

Fr. Peter Grover will accompany Tim Van Damm on the set of “This is the Day”. Fr. Peter is the Director of St. Clement’s Eucharist Shrine in Boston, where the perpetual adoration will begin in August. Fr. Peter belongs to the religious order The Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

Mass with Cardinal Seán O’Malley as presider at St. Clement’s Shrine will mark the beginning of perpetual adoration in Boston on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption. To learn more about the Shrine and the planned activities visit http://www.adorationboston.org/

A story on the return of perpetual adoration to Boston can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=10648

Also featured on “This is the Day” on Tuesday, will be Bill Gildenstern and John Giaier, composers of the Grammy-nominated Joyful Mysteries Rosary tapes/CD’s. Gildenstern and Giaier helped to write the “Have You Driven A Ford Lately?” ad jingle. Gildenstern was also a rock station DJ earlier in his career.

The pair composed “Joyful Mysteries”, which is a CD with the prayers of the Rosary along with music in the background. One of their rosary CD’s was downloaded over a million times. USA TODAY wrote an article on the pair in July of 2008. Both of them are Catholics. At first, Giaier was opposed to producing the CD’s because he was concerned that the pair might be perceived as religious fanatics in their industry as a result. They later agreed to move ahead with the endeavor and the rest is history. They will tell their story during their CatholicTV interview.

These guests can be seen on Tuesday, August 4th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Tuesday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72

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  • fatherjo

    It’s about time. Perhaps Beantown would have been spared its Catholic meltdown if they had Perpetual Adoration for the past 40 years.

  • Warren Jewell

    I wonder how they can have the St. Clement’s Eucharist Shrine in Boston without times of Perpetual Adoration within such shrine!

    Sometimes, Catholic clergical clerisy leaves me cold. I notice that a layman had to help instigate return to what should have been available all along.

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