Our Lady of Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel was consecrated on February 1, 2003. Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, envisioned the chapel being the heart of the ministries at Our Lady of Corpus Christi through the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
The Chapel is designed with Spanish Colonial architecture, honoring the history of Texas and reflecting the missionary character of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, (SOLT) the religious community that sponsors Our Lady of Corpus Christi. A landmark of Corpus Christi, the 75 foot blue dome that crowns the Chapel is adorned with gold stars representing Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization.
At the crossing of the Chapel, behind the altar, stands the retablo. This retablo houses the tabernacle, within which the Eucharist is reposed. Directly above the tabernacle is the crucifixion scene, with Mary and John standing at the foot of the cross of Christ. The statues on the left of the crucifixion scene are St. Thérèse of Lisieux (top) and St. Maxmilian Kolbe, and on the right side stand St. Francis Xavier (top) and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American saint. All four were chosen as patrons for their missionary zeal. At the top of the retablo is a large monstrance with the Eucharist exposed for adoration and worship. The proper way to reverence Jesus in the Eucharist when He is exposed is by kneeling on both knees.
The Chapel is adorned with sacred art to lift the mind and soul to God. Near the retablo are four more statues: Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Joseph with the child Jesus, St. John Vianney, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Stations of the Cross hang through the main body of the Chapel. There are 24 stained glass windows throughout the Chapel. These marvelous and colourful pieces of art proclaim Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the missionary activity of Holy Mother Church through the ages, and specifically in the work of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
The lighting of a candle for the intention of a loved one or resolution of a difficulty is an ancient Catholic tradition. It is a beautiful and meaningful way to offer up your petition in prayer, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede for your intentions. The candle room was recently opened to serve the needs of pilgrims and adorers.
At the center of the plaza stands the fountain, upon which St. Joseph stands holding the Child Jesus and a lily of purity. He faces the chapel doors, which are decorated with four scenes from the Gospels and Tradition in bronze relief. On either side of the doors are statues of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Maxmilian Kolbe, and above the door is the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Two smaller statues, above the arches, honor St. Peter and St. Paul, principle pillars of the Church.
Want to become an adorer?
If you are interested in signing up for a regular hour of adoration in our chapel, please contact Deacon Wayne Lickteig at 361-289-9095 ext 308.
Events under the Blue dome...
MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA HOLY HOUR - TUESDAYS 7-8PM
An ongoing novena devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Receive incredible graces from Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, ponder a well prepared homily, pray the rosary together and receive benediction. All are welcome to join this Holy Hour every Tuesday from 7-8pm in the Adoration Chapel.
PEREGRINE MASS - 1ST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 5 PM
Mass for the Sick celebrated every first Sunday at 5pm. The sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick is offered and a special blessing with the relics of St. Peregrine, patron of cancer patients, following each Mass.
CHARASMATIC RENEWAL MASS - 1ST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 7PM
Charasmatic Renewal Mass with Healing Service following. The Healing Service includes the opportunity for each individual to prayed over by a priest. Mass is celebrated by local diocesan priests and SOLT priests.
GLOBAL LIVING ROSARY
An evening of Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary led by Fr. Jim Kelleher, SOLT, and 60 children from area schools forming the beads of a Living Rosary. Global living Rosary held in the adoration chapel twice a year, typically May 13 and October 13. It is a wonderful event for the whole family. The Global Living Rosary hopes to inspire families to pray the Holy Rosary together daily. “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor” Revelation 8:11