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Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Carmelite Monastery of the Infant Jesus
1000 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, California
(Near Santa Clara University)

Will you spend an hour with Jesus, asking for Him to bless our Diocese with many more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life?  Bring your family, friends, and someone who needs your invitation to discover their vocation!



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Friday April 20, 2018

4:30 pm Evening Prayer and with Carmelite nuns
 6 pm  Silent Adoration begins

Saturday April 21, 2018

    6:45 am: Morning Prayer with Carmelite Nuns
7:15 am Monastery Mass
All Day All-day Silent Adoration
    11:40 am: Mid-day prayer with Carmelite nuns
    4:30 pm: Evening Prayer and Office of Readings with Carmelite nuns
All Night All-night Silent Adoration until 10:30 am Sunday

Sunday April 22, 2018



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40 Hours for the Lord: Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations | April 20 – 22

Pope Francis has asked us to pray for Vocations on Sunday, April 22.  Catholics of all ages are invited to spend time with Jesus at the Annual 40-hour Vocations Prayer at the Carmelite Monastery in Santa Clara, hosted by the Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office.  Bring family and friends to spend an hour with our Lord, asking Him to call more of our young people to service as priests, deacons and religious.  The 40 Hours will begin Friday, April 20 at 5PM with an Opening Mass. The monastery chapel will be open all night and all day for prayer. The Closing Mass and Eucharistic Procession will be on Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 am.  Learn more at www.dsj.org/40hours.

40 Horas de Oración por las Vocaciones sacerdotales y religiosas en la Diócesis de San José

El Papa Francisco, ha pedido a la Iglesia orar por las vocaciones. El domingo 22 de abril, la Oficina de Vocaciones de la Diócesis de San José organiza cada año 40 horas de Oración por las vocaciones, pidiendo al Señor que llame a más de nuestros jóvenes al servicio sacerdotal, diáconos y religiosos(as). Las 40 horas de oración en el monasterio Carmelita en Santa Clara. Comenzara el viernes 20 de abril a las 17:00 horas con una Misa de apertura. La capilla del monasterio estará abierta toda la noche y todo el día para la oración. La misa de clausura y procesión Eucarística será el domingo 22 de abril a las 10:30 horas.  Para inscribirse en una hora de oración o vea el calendario completo vaya a www.dsj.org/40hours.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations (April 22, 2018) Resources:

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Eucharistic Adoration

At the heart of the Catholic faith lies the belief that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen gentium, no. 11; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324)

Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. During times of Eucharistic Adoration, we pray in the presence of Jesus Christ under the appearance of a consecrated host.

The Eucharistic host is placed inside a monstrance, a vessel in the shape of a cross with a glass space in the center specifically designed to hold the host, visible to all who come to pray.

Adoration directs us both inward, to the joy and peace of a deeper relationship with God; and outward, to a more selfless love of others, exemplified in Jesus’ complete and total gift of himself to each one of us.

By coming together to pray for vocations in such a powerful way, gazing upon Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we hope that many will answer God’s call to selfless love!

Read more about Eucharistic Adoration in these short articles:

8 Questions about Eucharistic Adoration 

Promoting Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist
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“…listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God.” – Pope Francis

Below are some tips for what you can do during your Holy Hour.  There will also be a wide range of prayer materials available at the monastery.

1. The Best Prayer: Speak from the Heart!

Speak to Jesus as you would a friend, asking Him in your own words to “send out laborers for the harvest.” (Matthew 9:37)

As you speak to Jesus, you might recall the times when you were helped by a priest and a religious, and the times when they inspired you, then thank God for their response to their vocation. Ask God that those who are called to the priestly or religious life would generously answer to their vocation. Ask God to grant to those who have responded a strong faith, and the strength to persevere as they go through their formation.

You might also begin your prayer time with Jesus by taking a few minutes to offer the hour to Him for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, especially that they may come from our Diocese, your parish, your family, and your friends.

2. Pray with Scripture

Meditate on the Gospel for today or on the readings for the coming Sunday. Contemplate on his life and teachings. Converse to him about a word, phrase or a thought from the Scripture readings that stood out to you.

3. Pray with Mary

The Rosary is a treasury of prayers that takes us to God’s heart by way of Mary’s heart. If we listen carefully, we learn the desire of Mary’s heart when she says of her divine Son, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). And what does her Son tell us to do? “Come,” He is calling to us, “follow Me” (Matthew 19:21). Through praying with Our Lady in the Rosary, then, contemplating the mysteries of her Son, we join her in answering His call, and in asking that others might do the same. One guide to do so can be found here: http://bit.ly/DSJVRosary

Other Ideas

Here are a couple of websites with more suggestions:
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If you are planning to attend the 5 pm Opening Mass or the 10:30 am Closing Mass on Sunday, please park along Benton or Lincoln Street, or at the Adult Education Center (west of the monastery off of Benton Street). The small parking area inside the monastery grounds will be handicapped parking only at those times.

At other times throughout the weekend, you may park inside the monastery gates at the circle lot in front of the monastery. During the late night hours the gate on Lincoln Street gate will be open for you to drive in.

Upon Arrival:

The side door to the right of the chapel, will be open.  Please stop at the sign-in table to sign in yourself or your group.

When you walk inside the church, Jesus will be exposed for adoration in the gold monstrance.  Whenever the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration, we genuflect on one knee (if able) upon entering the church and make the sign of the cross to reverence Jesus, present in the consecrated Eucharist.



If you would like to pledge to pray for vocations throughout the year or sign up to help promote vocations, please sign up at j.mp/dsjvpray


Heavenly Father,
Your divine Son taught us to pray to the Lord
of the harvest to send laborers into His vineyard.

We earnestly beg You to bless our parish, our school, and
our Diocese with many more priests, religious, and lay faithful
who will know you intimately, love You fervently, and serve
You joyfully through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

We pray that you continuously call our young people
to a living encounter with your Son
in the Word and Eucharist, that they might be
made worthy ministers of your Holy Catholic Church.

Strengthen them with the support of their parents, teachers,
and friends on earth and all the angels and saints in heaven.

May the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,
intercede for us that we might listen to the Word and act on it.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Joseph, Patron of our Diocese, pray for us!
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Eucharistic Adoration Chapels in the Diocese of San Jose

 Note: Other parishes may have Eucharistic Adoration on a weekly or monthly basis.  Please check the parish’s website or bulletin for more information.

Parishes with 24-hour chapels

(please call parish for information about night access)


Sacred Heart Church, Saratoga
(St. Julie Billiart Chapel – closed for renovation until Spring 2018)

St. Frances Cabrini, (South) San Jose
(Blessed Sacrament Chapel – northwest side door of church)

Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara
(Main Church open 24 hours a day, Perpetual Adoration)

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