Our Saviour's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
500 Smithfield Road
Woonsocket, RI  02895
401-762-3072
Father Henryk Wos, Pastor

 
 
 

Ladies Adoration Society
for the Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

It was with great courage and foresight that Father Hodur founded this organization which elevated women in the church. In 1897 the Roman Catholic Church required that someone be present in the church during a celebration of Holy Mass and Canon Law said that a man or boy be present with the celebrant And if that was not possible a woman must be present but she would have to sit in the back of the church. Father Hodur said No not in the Polish National Catholic Church the women who worship and adore Christ with a lighted candle will sit in the first pew. He wanted equality for all who worshipped Christ.

The Main Purpose of the Society is the worship of Jesus Christ and the Adoration of His presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. It is the spiritual duty and responsibility of our society that  every Sunday at high mass  one woman sits on each side of the front pews and after saying Holy, Holy,  Holy  they light candles as a sign of adoration, reminding all that the Lord God is present. At the most solemn moment of the mass they go to the altar rail with the candles to adore Christ and His presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist, the candles remain lit until the Most Blessed Sacrament is returned to the tabernacle, then they are extinguished.

Some of the Responsibilities of its members are the following:

1. To promote spiritual development within our society and our church on a Parish level, Diocesan level and National level.
2. Assist in the care of the Sanctuary of the church according to the traditions and instructions of the pastor and the society and the National Women’s Society. We change and clean the altar linens and purchase various items for the altars as needed and decorate the altars with flowers at Christmas and Easter.
3. We Attend and assist in worship services, meetings, church functions.
4. We wear the society medal which has an engraving of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the front and the church motto Truth Work and Struggle on the back when we hold candles, during Benediction or attending any Society meetings. These medals are presented to new members on adopt a sister Sunday.
5 We remember our sisters who are ill by visits, phone calls, cards or flowers.
6. We Take part in the final remembrance of our departed sisters with a service at the funeral home and a final tribute service held in church.

 

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