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NOW IS THE TIME!

Why is now such a critical time in the Church in the United States to have a Eucharistic Revival? We are excited to witness what God has in store for His Church in the U.S. through the National Eucharistic Revival! Our world is in desperate need of the love of God. Geopolitical crises, social unrest, increased polarization, and the need for recovery and renewal from the pandemic have created the opportunity to “open wide the doors to Christ” through Eucharistic Revival.

The difficulties and challenges over the last few years have shed lights on the Church’s need for healing, unity, formation, and conversion. More than 30% of Catholics have not returned to the pews post -pandemic, and recent data reveals that the majority of Mass-going Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The past decade has also seen the rise of the “nones” among the millennial generation, with more than 40% now self-identifying as “unaffiliated” with any religion. Many young Catholics find the faith to be irrelevant to the meaning of their lives and challenges.

In the midst of these challenging times, we must increase our ability to provide to those inside the Church and to the world a credible witness of the difference Jesus Christ makes in the life of every individual. As the people of God, we must be reminded that the Eucharist truly is the living God, Jesus, with us, “always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20)

AS we set out to meet the needs of the world and culture around us with the love of Christ, we must first take time to experience our own Eucharistic Revival with a renewed encounter and love for Jesus in the Eucharist.

NOW IS THE TIME!

Pastor Message and Prayer

SEPTEMBER 25TH

What is the intended fruit of the National Eucharistic Revival?

Grounded in prayer and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the National Eucharistic Revival has four primary goals:

1. To provide a more profound encounter with Jesus Christ in the Sunday Liturgy as a point of unity among all Catholics, and through this powerful encounter, find personal healing and courage to take the Gospel to a world in need of authentic love—the love of Christ found in the Eucharist.

2. To spark personal conversions through the joyful discovery of that relationship with Christ by encountering the Love of God present in Jesus in the Eucharist,

3. To elevate the truth and practices of our catholic faith through the rediscovery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist—the source and summit or out Church and of who we are a people of God.

4. To form, inspire and launch missionary disciples, filled with the love of God and neighbor that comes from an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist, to the margins of the Church and the world.

The goal of the National Eucharistic Revival is to engage every Catholic in the United States! This is a movement, not a program, and is meant to provide opportunities for the faithful to fall deeper in love with Jesus in the Eucharist and to be inspired and equipped to share that love with others.

The efforts of the Revival are being organized a team of lay men and women, religious, priests, and bishops from across the United States. An advisory board of bishops is shepherding the whole revival.

 

Fr. Joachim

 

 

 

 

 

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