What is Eucharistic Adoration?

"...As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species." (CCC 1379)

Believing that the Eucharist is the true presence of Jesus Christ, we worship the Eucharist both within the Mass and outside of it during Eucharistic Adoration. In Adoration we are praying in the very presence of our Lord, making it an especially impactful time of prayer.

What Should I Do During Adoration?

Some parishes may offer adoration in tandem with praise & worship or a speaker, but if you attend adoration and find it's silent there are many ways that you can engage in prayer.

  • Simply be present - look up at the Eucharist, admire Jesus, offer your thoughts, prayers, or concerns  to him in that moment
  • Pray the rosary - if you forget your rosary there is a chance the chapel may have extra rosaries and guides (or you can use your 10 fingers!)
  • Lectio Divina - most chapels will have missals available that you can use for Lectio Divina with either the past Sunday readings or the upcoming Sunday readings
  • Write in a prayer journal - if you enjoy journaling bring that practice into your prayer life and journal during adoration
  • Listen to music - music can be a spiritual experience, so consider creating an adoration playlist and listening to it in adoration
  • Read a book - bring your current spiritual book to adoration and allow Jesus to speak to you through those words

Making a Holy Hour

A Holy Hour is a time to visit Jesus as He is present in the Eucharist. Through prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, we can bring our fears, anger, questions and concerns to Him. We can also listen. In the quiet and peaceful presence of Christ, we may hear the Holy Spirit lead us in a new direction.

Holy Hour Resources

Below are some resources for to help get you started with a Holy Hour.

Additional resources available for purchase:

Reflections for Adoration

Eucharistic Reflections from Bishop Joensen:

“As soon as is possible… we must return to the Eucharist with a purified heart, with a renewed amazement, with an increased desire to meet the Lord, to be with him, to receive him and to bring him to our brothers and sisters with the witness of a life full of faith, love and hope.” - Cardinal Robert Sarah, “Let Us Return to the Eucharist with Joy”

Bishop Joensen breaks down this quote from Cardinal Robert Sarah into 4 different Eucharistic Reflection. All four parts can be downloaded as a single packet or you can download the individual reflections (available in English and Español).

Eucharistic Reflections from Bishop Emeritus Joseph Charron:

Additional Eucharistic Reflections:

Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese

With more than 80 parishes across the Diocese there are many opportunities to adore Jesus in the Eucharist any day of the week. While only one parish, St. Augustin in Des Moines, offers perpetual adoration other parishes offer adoration on a monthly, weekly, and even daily basis.

Parish Adoration Times

Below is a listing of times that parishes offer adoration. To have your parish's adoration times added to this list or updated, email communications@dmdiocese.org.


St. John's
24042 302nd Place

Thurs: 9 AM - 9 PM
Adoration will be offered on Thursdays following 8:30 AM morning Mass.


Ss. John & Paul
1401 1st Ave

Mon: 7-8 PM
Tues - Fri: 6-7 AM


Our Lady's Immaculate Heart
510 E 1st Ave

Sat: 8:30-10 AM

St. Luke the Evangelist
1102 NW Weigel Dr

Thurs: 6-7 PM
Sat: 9-10 AM
1st Friday of Month: 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Council Bluffs

Corpus Christi
3304 4th Ave
Mon: 9 AM - 5:45 PM
Thurs: 9 AM - 5:45 PM

St. Patrick
4 Valley View Dr

Fri: 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Des Moines

Basilica of St. John
1915 University Ave
Mon: 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Wed: 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Christ the King
5711 SW 9th St
Mon - Sat: Times vary

Holy Trinity
2926 Beaver Avenue

Thurs: 2 PM - 9 PM

Our Lady of the Americas
1271 E 9th St

Thurs: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sun: 7-8 AM

St. Ambrose Cathedral
607 High St
Mon: 5-6 PM
Fri: 9AM - Noon

St. Anthony
15 Indianola Road
Mon - Fri: 7:45 AM - 8 PM

St. Augustin
545 42nd St

24/7, Perpetual Adoration

St. Joseph
3300 Easton Blvd

Mon - Fri: 7-8 AM
Thurs: 9 AM - 9 PM


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
24116 Marian Ave

Daily: 5 AM - 11 PM


St. Patrick
304 3rd St
Tues: 1 AM - 10 AM, 6 PM - 12 AM
Wed: 12 AM - 11 AM, 6 PM - 10 PM


St. Thomas Aquinas
210 S Wesley St

Wed: 9 AM - 9 PM
Fri: 9 AM - 12 PM

Red Oak

1510 Highland Ave

Thurs: 6 AM - 12 AM
Fri: 12 AM - 6 AM

West Des Moines

Sacred Heart
1627 Grand Ave

Tues: 8:30 AM - 7 PM

St. Francis of Assisi
7075 Ashworth Rd

Mon - Fri: 6 AM - 8 PM
Exposition takes place at 6 AM and Benediction will close at 8 PM.


St. Joseph's
1026 N 8th Ave

Tues: 11 AM - 6 PM