SPECIAL YEARS FOR THE EUCHARIST

Luke 22:19-20

Brothers and Sisters,

For three years, the Church in the United States will be focusing on the Eucharist.  The bishops of the United States have come to the conclusions that the lack of Mass attendance, and the decline in the number of practicing Christians is largely because there is a lack of appreciation for and understanding of the Eucharist.

For our parishes, this means that we, too, need to refocus on the Eucharist.  There are several practical things that we can do to begin our own Eucharistic Revival:

  • Come to Mass
  • Bring family members, neighbors, friends to Mass
  • Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist (paragraphs 1322-1419
  • Come to the parish at other times to pray in front of the Tabernacle and ask Christ to strengthen your faith and your understanding of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist

Additionally, I would like all of our parishes to find times for us to have Eucharistic Adoration.  What is Eucharistic Adoration?  It is a time when we come to the parish Church to pray in front of the Eucharist and recognize that the Eucharist truly is and really is Christ.  This will involve all of us making time for these events.  You’re busy, I know.  We all have more (and more) things pining for our attention and limited time.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a very ancient Tradition of the Church and has made countless normal Christians into saints.

When should we have these adoration times?  Should they be consistent times week to week?  How about having them on special occasions like Holy Days?  Should they be in the early morning before work and school?  Should they be in the evening?  What about the weekend schedule?

I can tell you from personal experience with Holy Hours, it does seem like a burden, another commitments, and something that could easily be delayed in favor of another seemingly more pressing commitment.  I can also tell you that the Holy Hour is something that re-energizes me for the day and something that forces me to take the Holy Faith more seriously.

Finally, most of us will ask:  so, what am I supposed to do during Adoration / Holy Hour?  Well, sometimes, there is a liturgy around a Holy Hour that has formalized prayers that we would do together (like at Mass); other times, a Holy Hour is just you (and possibly others) quietly praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Let’s not ignore the idea of doing  a Holy Hour just because you have not done one before.  I am very happy that the bishops have decided that we should re-emphasize the Eucharist.  The Church celebrates Mass everyday, which should tell us how important it is.  The Church does not go a single day without offering the Eucharist to the faithful.

God be near,

Father Jeremy

Pastor