I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.john 6:51
Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us are separated from the very source of our strength. A recent Pew Forum survey revealed the startling statistic that 69% of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For the majority of Catholics today, the Eucharist is merely a symbol of Christ, and the Mass is merely a collectivity of like-minded individuals gathering to remember his life (source: wordonfire.org).
Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Revival is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery here in the United States by helping us renew our worship of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
How will we do it? By uniting us once again around the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Revival is the joyful, expectant, grassroots response of the entire Catholic Church in the U.S. to this divine invitation.
EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL – A 3-YEAR JOURNEY
The celebration of the Eucharistic Revival on a national and diocesan level launched on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi) on June 19, 2022. The Archdiocese of Detroit began with a powerful Eucharistic procession through the streets of Detroit. Parishes were encouraged to offer opportunities to encounter Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, which you might recall Adoration during “Mercy Nights” this past Lent at St. Irenaeus.
The second year of the Revival begins today on Corpus Christi and focuses on parishes (or Family of Parishes) throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. The focus will be on strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, missions, resources, preaching, and organic movements of the Holy Spirit. How wonderful that our parish begins this special year by once again offering the Precious Blood at weekend Masses!
The Eucharistic Revival will lead to a National Eucharistic Congress which will be July 17 – 21, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The following year from July 17, 2024 to Pentecost 2025 will be a Year of Going out on Mission.
Further information will be forthcoming – stay tuned!