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90-Year-Old Man Spends Three Hours Praying Each Day

Thursday, July 9, 1998
By Nancy Vendrely

Charles E. Sive Jr. prays from about 3 to 6 a.m. each day at St. Jude’s Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. At 2:30 a.m. every day, while most of the city sleeps, 90-year-old Charles E. Sive Jr. is having his grapefruit, toast and coffee. By 3 a.m., he’s in prayer at St. Jude’s Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, where he remains until it’s time to catch the 5:52 a.m. bus for his job downtown. “I pray for a lot of people that are doing good works,” the devout Catholic says. “I pray for us to get more priests and more nuns. I pray for the family and the children, for anything if I know what the needs are.”

Sive does this because of a pledge he made in July 1986 when his wife, Anne, was gravely ill with cancer. “She had this bad cancer — it was supposed to be one of the worst. So I pledged, if my wife lived, I’d spend an hour every day,” he says. She survived and he increased his prayer time to three hours, choosing the early morning hours before the day begins for most people. “In the chapel, there is prayer 24 hours a day — we believe Jesus is there,” Sive says.

Because the Blessed Sacrament (in which Catholics believe Jesus Christ is present) is in the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, someone must be in the chapel in prayer at all times. People from various parishes sign up for specific prayer hours and commit to at least a year. Ed Dahm says the chapel was his father’s idea after his mother died. “Mom and Dad lived right across from St. Jude’s,” Dahm says. “Their hobby was going to church, so when Mom died, Dad gave some money to remodel the chapel… It opened 13 years ago this October.”

With his schedule of three hours a day, every day, for more than 10 years, Sive may be the prayer pacesetter. “In my life,” he says, gesturing to his right side, “if Jesus had an office over here and the Blessed Virgin had an office over there, I’d have a path worn between them …. The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lord Jesus have been good to me.” Sive recalls the first time he really noticed. “In my young days, maybe God was on one side of the track and I was on the other. But when it was someone I loved, it was different. In 1937, when our son Richard was 5 years old, someone backed over him. He was in the hospital all summer.” That’s when Sive made his first big pledge. ” I made a pledge to the Blessed Virgin Mary, if my son would be OK, I’d drink no alcohol.” Sive says he has made other pledges and given up other things over the years. “As time goes on, you realize there’s a bigger power than you are,” he says.

Sive’s cheerful face and his philosophy of life are well known to people who work in the vicinity of Washington Boulevard and Barr Street. He has been the APCOA Parking attendant on the southeast corner of that intersection for many years. A salesman in the meat packing industry, he retired in 1965, but accustomed to being on the road and constantly active, he soon got on his wife’s nerves. “I’d be asking her things like, ‘Why are you putting cocoa in that cake?’ She’d say, ‘Why do you care? I’ve been doing it this way for years.'” Sive chuckles. He knew it was time to find something to do. “I took this job for three months, and I’m still at it 26 years later. I started at the St. Joe Hospital lot and then came over here.” He works 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. “I give most of my parking lot money away. It goes to needy families, to the YMCA camp, to Urban League. And I give to Mother Angelica on EWTN and the Sisters of Providence,” at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. “If I can make it, I’m going to work to the end of the year, but my legs are getting bad,” he says.

Sive grew up in St. Joseph, Mo. His father was a foreman for Armour & Co. and Sive worked there summers. He didn’t see his future in meat packing so he enrolled at St. Joseph Junior College, now Missouri Western State College, and got a job operating a motion picture projector for $125 a week. He and Anne married in 1931, and like many couples in the Great Depression, suffered some setbacks. “After a year, I was back at Armour making $18 a week,” he says. But he worked his way up, got into sales and found his niche. “I guess I had the personality to be a salesman,” he says with a smile and a twinkle. “you have to get to know people, and you have to keep going.” In 1936, he was transferred to South St. Paul, Minn., and in 1945, switched to Marhoefer Meat Packing Co. and moved to Fort Wayne. He finished out his sales career with Cincinnati Butchers’ Supply, selling equipment to the meat and rendering industry in seven midwestem states. He and Anne, 88, have four children — Shirley Niebur, Rockville, Md.; Richard, Fort Wayne; Kenny, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; and Maryanna Halstead, Richmond, Va- – plus 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

With his schedule, Sive is in bed by 7 or 8 p.m. every day. He gets home from the parking lot about 2:30, ready for an early supper. He doesn’t eat lunch. “I’m not missing a thing,” he says patting his stomach. “My wife’s a good cook.” Sive, who will be 91 on Aug. 31, also offers some food — food for thought. “You can’t judge a person by what they think when they’re young or what some guy did 40 or 50 years ago. People change …. When I was 22 years old, you couldn’t have told me I’d vote Republican some day. But I’ve been a Republican since 1954.”

“Here’s what I think: Instead of spending millions of dollar’s on a state prison, let’s spend that money on inner-city kids. Let’s educate them; let’s train them. It costs $7,000 a year to educate and $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison. . – – There’s too much brain power lost in the inner city.” ” In the old days, fathers had rules for their kids …. Kids knew if they behaved themselves, they got (into) no problems.” “Women don’t get the opportunities that men get.” “I get on the lawyers that park here. I tell ’em while Clinton’s in China, he ought to exchange some of our lawyers for some of their engineers.”

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Chapel at St. Jude’s draws faithful around the clock for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

May 28,1989
By Edward Dahm


Seventy-one years ago, the angel at Fatima and three shepherd children lay prostrate on the ground while a chalice and host was suspended above them in midair. ‘Me angel asked them to pray with him and express their adoration with this prayer : “My God, I believe. I adore. I hope and I love you I ask pardon of you for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you.”

The scene at Fatima is being replayed in hundreds of parishes around the world in the form of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The story of Fatima and the work of Father Martin Lucia, CC.SS., led our parish, St. Jude in Fort Wayne, to start a Perpetual Adoration Chapel three and a half years ago. Hour by hour, members of our parish have spent 90,000 hours in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. The host is constantly exposed in a beautiful monstrance.

Since establishing Perpetual Adoration, our church has experienced a renewed sense of cooperation and commitment. More than 550 members of our parish’s 1,800 families spend an hour or more a week in our small, unpretentious Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Its quiet, peaceful atmosphere is so conducive to prayer that it sometimes draws 10 people at a time. In the wee hours of the morning, there may be only one person. Some parishioners substitute for those who are ill and cannot make their appointed hours. A Wall Street Journal “market place” article on May S. 1989 said “Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has just unleashed a new competitive weapon on the world: Quiet.” There is no better place than before the real presence of Jesus in our chapel.

A parishioner who had been away from our church for six years wrote, “My faith was weak and my belief shaking, but I started to make my weekly Holy Hours. Several times I wished I didn’t have to go, but in the presence of the Lord I was filled with peace. It became easy to put God first. Gradually, Christ’s love for me in the Eucharist became so real that I didn’t want to stay away from any of the Sacraments. Perpetual Adoration has been the greatest blessing to come into my life for a long time. I have a true sense of the Church community and I feel a part of the parish family.” Another said, “If we Catholics could really appreciate what the Blessed Sacrament is, the Chapel would be packed day and night. Jesus waits patiently for our visits – imagine, the King of Kings waits for our visits. My time at the Chapel is very special to me. Thank you St. Jude.” Another parishioner reflected on the drugs, get-away vacations and treatment centers used to relieve stress in our lives. “I have solved the stress problem in my life by going to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel and just sitting in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord. I can just feel the stress drain away. I go on a weekly basis on an assigned time and day, but when there is added stress in my life, I go more often. Because the Chapel is open 24 hours, time is no problem. If you are ex experiencing a sleepless night, our Lord is waiting and ready to comfort you. If you are feeling unbearable stress, sign up for St. Jude’s own ‘stress management’ program. You will love it and so will Our Lord. He is waiting patiently for your visit.” Spending a Holy Hour at day’s end with Christ is a staple in the lives of Mother Teresa and her Sisters. She said, “All of us know that unless we believe and can see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the alter, we will not be able to see Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

Father Lucia travels around the world helping parishes set up Perpetual Adoration Chapels. He spoke at all our Masses one weekend and, after talking about the importance of the Eucharist and Perpetual Adoration, Father Lucia invited everyone interested to sign up for an hour. Many signed up at that time and others signed up during the next few weeks. We were very impressed with the great number of people who signed up after his presentations.

Father Lucia wrote, “When God finds a pastor who puts no limits to the glory given to His Son Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, He puts no limit on the outpouring of graces that He bestows upon that specific parish.” Perpetual Adoration puts our Catholic faith into practice, Father Lucia believes. “it is truly witnessing to our faith that Jesus is really present in the Eucharistic Perpetual Adoration is appreciation on our part for the total gift of Christ’s presence among us, and it “presses to Him that he is truly welcomed and loved by us. When one person goes before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, that one person represents all humanity. All humanity is blessed and enriched because of the faith of that one person.”

At St Jude’s, we remodeled the chapel in our Sisters’ convent into the Perpetual Adoration Chapel which is adjacent to a library and a restroom. The chapel has an outside entrance. It is open 24 hours a day all year long for members of our parish and others to pray with Our Lord. Father Bill Schooler, pastor, explained, “because we are directly across the street from Parkview Hospital, many people call and ask if they can pray in the church after it is locked. We can tell them that the Chapel is open 24 hours a day. There are many times when Catholics who have family members in Parkview find themselves in our Chapel.

“I have also been touched by the dedication of so many of our parishioners. The 90,000 hours show their faithfulness. The coordinators have put a great deal of effort into making sure that their assigned hour is filled throughout the week. In a society which promotes a rat-race pace, these people demonstrate a unique willingness to allow God the time and space to speak to them in the silence of their hearts. With the help of Sister Helen Cornelia and Betty Niedermeyer, solid reflective reading materials are always available,” Father Schooler said.

The prayer that the angel at Fatima taught the shepherds during the third apparition is distributed to all who enter. “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 with which He Himself is of- fended. And, through the infinite merits of The most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”

Become on fire with a love for the Eucharist and watch your life grow for Him. Just say, “Yes, Lord, I want to help spread Perpetual Adoration in my parish and diocese.”

Faithful Praise Adoration

November 1991, Indianapolis (317-236-1570)
By Mary Ann Schumann


A story is circulated in the Mideast about a king who decided to test the loyalty of his people. He left his throne and disguised himself in tattered garments, a shabby straw hat, and threadbare sandals. In his poverty-stricken appearance, he claimed relationship with those he met. His plea for hospitality was often met with “We are too busy,” or “Come some other time,” or “The house is occupied.”

After some time, the king cast aside his beggar’s attire and put on his kingly robes. As he went among the same people, how changed were the responses to his requests for hospitality. Everyone wanted to be in his presence, to gaze upon his glamor, and to benefit from his greatness.

The king of kings too left his throne and disguised himself among us in four ways: the crib, the cross, a borrowed tomb, and the Eucharist. The way he disguises himself the most is in the Eucharist, where all human and divine appearance is concealed. In this disguised fashion, he challenges our faith, but in a manner that everyone rich or poor, honored or despised, can approach him in confidence and familiarity. He does not want us to be afraid of his glorious splendor, nor compelled to worship because of sight. Rather, he desires that our friendship, our hospitality, be one of choice built on faith and trust.

Hospitality, according to Webster, suggests two aspects, First, there is an open reception of a guest or stranger that begins with kind generous thoughts. This inward reception radiates outward to attentiveness; to the offering of a pleasant sustained environment.

The most unique way we can offer attentive hospitality to our disguised Lord is through participation in the Mass and reception of Holy Communion. The sacrifice of the Mass becomes stretched out – prolonged 24 hours a day- as the sacred host is enthroned on the alter in exposition at the Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel next to Cardinal Ritter High School at 3360 W. 30th St. in Indianapolis.

When we are shown hospitality through kind deeds, words of support, or given space to process a grief or an inner struggle, new life is sparked. It has healing power; energy that radiates to others. So too, new life is experienced by adorers as they see through the eyes of faith and are receptive to the comforting presence of our Eucharistic Lord. It is often expressed as a sense of peace that prevails in the lives despite difficulties. Others note hope and happiness.

Another adorer remarked how adoration has helped her prepare for her next Mass. “Formerly,” she said, “I received Our Lord in Holy Communion passively. Now my reception is meaningful and I look forward to my next Communion.” One couple excitedly attributed the return of their son to the church after 20 years to their faithful commitment of an hour of adoration each week. One day a prayer request was submitted to the adorers on a piece of paper. It read, “Pray for a 2-year-old whose legs were mangled in a power mower and for the mother who is mentally exhausted from self-blame.” The next week the adorer wrote, “This child is healed, torn muscles regenerated, infection gone, bones knitted. The doctor stands in awe before the divine physician.”

At one point, a frequent adorer sensed the Lord asking for the sacrifice of kneeling during adoration. After bargaining with the Lord about painful arthritic knees and the need for pain medications, the response remained, “Kneel and trust.” Nine months have elapsed with no trace of arthritis.

As all natural overtures of hospitality demand a commitment-a price to be paid-so too committed time with our Lord claims a cost. A physician noted the sacrifice of rising in the very early morning hour to watch with him. “I find time to do many other things,” she stated, “so how can I not give him one special hour a week? It is privileged time and I guard it as scared.”

Another couple who moved from the area drives 45 minutes on weekends to keep their night watch. On several occasions people deemed their appointment with God so important that they called from airports requesting a substitute adorer to cover their time.

The disguised king of kings veiled in the Eucharist continues to seek our love and our hospitality in the form of adoration, praise, thanksgiving and petition. When, in time, he bursts forth from the sacred host in the fullness of his glory, will he not proclaim something like: “When I was naked, stripped of my glory in the Blessed Sacrament, your faith sustained me. When I was imprisoned in bread and wine, sick for love of you, you visited me. When I was a stranger unknown to so many, you gave me your heart for an abode, you understood my grief and made reparation. When I was hungry and thirsty for your affection, you satisfied me with your love. Come, join me in my father’s kingdom forever and ever.” (Mary Ann Schumann is a member of St. Monica Parish in Indianapolis.)

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