St. John the Evangelist Church is a beautiful example of the continuity of the Catholic church. As the Log Cabin church was the first Catholic church in Lake County, this same small historic building has become the first separate perpetual adoration chapel in the diocese. On March 24, 1996, Bishop Melczek dedicated the chapel as a place where the Eucharist (Blessed Sacrament) is reserved for daily adoration. The chapel is solely a place for quiet private prayer and adoration. The holiness and beauty of the Adoration Chapel is apparent, and the congregation as well as the diocese is grateful for the preparation, contribution, and work of the committee members.
The idea for the adoration chapel came from Father Titko. He recognized the need for a place for Eucharist adoration and the deteriorating condition of the aging Log Cabin church. Father Titko and the Adoration Chapel committee set about turning two needs of the church into one holy solution. By repairing and renovating the log cabin church a place of silent worship was created.
The members of St. John the Evangelist are fortunate in having seen the power of the Holy Spirit at work in their midst. Three ways we can appreciate the intervention of the Holy Spirit are in the inspiration of the idea of the Adoration Chapel, in the success of raising the funds necessary for the renovation project, and in the emotion one feels at entering a simple building and recognizing the greatness of God. The faith demonstrated by John Hack in the 1800šs is still alive in the members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic church today.
While appreciating the beauty of the Adoration Chapel, special recognition must be given to the Association of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. This association promotes spiritual growth and helps us establish a more intimate unity between our faith and everyday life. They also encourage Eucharistic worship and devotion before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Those wishing to join the Association of Perpetual Adoration must commit themselves to one hour a week of scheduled adoration in the chapel. To schedule a time, please contact Maura Carpenter at 365-3453.
The Adoration Chapel is continually open for visitors. For safety purposes the Chapel is locked from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Visitors can schedule appointments to visit the chapel during night hours by calling the church office.