St. John the Evangelist Parish will celebrate the nineteenth anniversary of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, May 1, with a pontifical liturgy celebrated by Bishop James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese ofScranton.


St. John the Evangelist Parish will celebrate the nineteenth anniversary of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, May 1, with a pontifical liturgy celebrated by Bishop James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese ofScranton.
The liturgy is at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen church at 5th and Church streets.
For almost two decades faithful parishioners have attended the Eucharistic Chapel uninterruptedly every hour of the day. Parishioners spend their time in silent prayer. Father Martin Boylan, the pastor of St. John's, recently described the Chapel as the parish's secret to success. "This continuous gesture of quiet visitation enables our people to do so much for their parish and for the community. It is an amazing tribute to the faith life of our community," he said.
Mrs. Doris Bates, who will not be able to attend, played a significant role in the organizing of the Chapel. She will be remembered in a special way this year. Five members of the parish act as captains of the various shifts, assuring the presence of a visitor at all times. They are Peggy Eariey, Karen Burkavage, Theresa Diehl, and Cathie & Bill Kelly.
The parish is particularly honored to have Bishop Timlin, who first authorized the establishment of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in 1990. Bishop Timlin has visited the parish on numerous occasions and is a familiar presence in Honesdale. He often relates the story of the consolidation of the parishes of St. John's and St. Mary's in 1968, the first consolidation in recent diocesan history.
A light reception will follow the liturgy.