DIVINE MERCY ADORATION CHAPEL OF OSHKOSH

LOCATED AT MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT–ST. MARY’S SITE

605 MERRITT AVE, OSHKOSHClosed until Further Notice


Official Statement:


Eucharist Stolen from City-Wide Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel

 

The evening of Friday, December 29, 2023, the Holy Eucharist was stolen from the Oshkosh Adoration Chapel located at the Most Blessed Sacrament Saint Mary site (605 Merritt Ave). 

 

The Oshkosh parishes are working diligently with the Oshkosh Police Department and the Diocese of Green Bay to investigate the event and recover the Eucharist.  Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Oshkosh Police Department non-emergency number at (920) 236-5700.  

 

The adoration chapel will remain closed until the investigation is complete and a robust security solution is identified. 

 

Because we believe Jesus is truly present - body, blood, soul and divinity - in the consecrated host at Mass, what was stolen is not simply bread, but Jesus himself.  It pains us to hear or witness offenses against the Eucharist because it is not an offense against just a piece of bread, but an offense against the One we love with all of our heart, Jesus Christ.

 

In order to repair the spiritual damage done in such a situation, the Church recommends prayers of reparation.  This type of prayer can be thought of as a “prayer of love,” proclaiming to Jesus the love you have for him, even when others reject him. These prayers provide an opportunity to recognize the damage sin has upon the world and to repair it by our acts of love.  Read more here

 

Prayer of Reparation for Offenses Against the Eucharist

 O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

 

Additional suggested prayers of reparation can be found here

 

In addition, Catholics in Oshkosh are asked to pray for a safe and quick return of the Holy Eucharist and for forgiveness from the Lord for the person or persons involved.

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Source: Hallow


"In Matthew 28:20, Jesus tells us “I will be with you always.” This is certainly true in the Eucharist and one of the reasons why many Catholics pray in Adoration.


The practice of Adoration dates back to the early Church but surged in popularity during the Middle Ages. It remains an important part of the prayer life of millions of Catholics...

For Eucharistic Adoration, the Eucharist is sometimes displayed in a monstrance, a metal stand that resembles a sunburst that holds a consecrated host. Other times, it is kept in a ciborium (the dish from which hosts are distributed during Holy Communion) inside of a tabernacle. A candle signals the presence of Jesus. Either way, that concept is the same: Being physically present with Jesus, who is physically present with us in the Eucharist.


Churches that offer perpetual Adoration often have volunteers sign up for one-hour time slots so that someone is always present to adore Jesus."

Holy Hour at St. Raphael

  • First Thursday of the month from 3:30-5:30pm
  • Second Sunday at 4:00pm (before 5pm Mass). Reconciliation is available during both of these times.

Upcoming Holy Hours:

Feb 1, 11

March 7, 10

April 4, 14