By now, many of you are aware that the Catholic Church in the United States is in the midst of a three year period of “Eucharistic Revival”, the purpose of which is to bring people to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The first year of the Revival began in June 2022 with planning on the diocesan level, and now we find ourselves in the second year. This phase is intended to foster love for the Holy Eucharist in parishes. To that end, all parishes in the country are being called upon to plan initiatives that promote belief in and devotion to the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Here at Saint Paul of the Cross, our observance will center on four events to take place in the coming months.
First, on Sunday, October 22nd
, we will observe our patronal feast day by blessing and dedicating the new tabernacle in Saint Anne church at the 10:00 AM mass.
Next, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday, January 6th , Bishop William Waltersheid will be the main celebrant for the 10:00 AM Mass. He will bring with him a beautiful Eucharistic Miracles exhibit he has put together that we will display in Harkins Hall for several days.
Third, we will focus heavily on promoting attendance at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the evening on which we commemorate Jesus’ institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
And finally, sometime in late May or early June near the Feast of Corpus Christi, our parish will sponsor a traditional “Forty Hours” devotion of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Of course, more information will be forthcoming about each of these events as they approach, but I wanted everyone to be aware of our plans in advance.
Additionally, several Adult Education initiatives related to the Eucharist have been scheduled. Click HERE
to view a list of those upcoming events.