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The Year of the Eucharist
US Diocesan Activities - Bishops' Statements
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Dioceses & Archdioceses
Allentown Diocese (updated 3/1/2005)
Arlington Diocese (updated 3/1/2005)
Colorado Springs Diocese
Corpus Christi Diocese
Dallas Diocese (updated 2/21/2005)
Dodge City Diocese
El Paso Diocese
Fort Wayne-South Bend
Green Bay Diocese
Kansas City in Kansas
Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese
Lafayette in Indiana Diocese
Little Rock Diocese
Lincoln Diocese(updated 12/14/2004)
Los Angeles Archdiocese
New Orleans Archdiocese
New York Archdiocese
Philadelphia Archdiocese(updated 3/28/2005)
Pittsburgh Diocese(updated 11/29/2004)
Rapid City Diocese(updated 3/28/2005)
St. Louis ArchdioceseUpdated 8/11/2005
St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese
Salt Lake City
San Bernardino Diocese
Scranton Diocese (Updated 2/16/05)
Springfield in Illinois Diocese
Worcester Diocese (updated 2/16/2005)
Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals
Bishop Samuel J. Aquila
Bishop Gregory Aymond
Bishop Robert J. Baker
Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
Bishop Leonard P. Blair, STD
Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt
Bishop Tod D. Brown
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz
Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein
Archbishop Raymond Burke
Bishop Matthew Clark
Bishop Paul Coakley
Bishop Álvaro Corrada, S.J.
Bishop Edward P. Cullen (updated 3/1/2005)
Bishop Blase J. Cupich(updated 3/28/2005)
Archbishop Elden Curtiss
Bishop John M. D'Arcy
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop John F. Donoghue
Cardinal Edward M. Egan
Bishop Robert W. Finn
Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza
Archbishop Harry Flynn
Bishop William Franklin
Bishop Joseph A. Galante
Cardinal Francis George
Bishop Charles V. Grahmann
Bishop William L. Higi
Archbishop Alfred Hughes
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky
Bishop Peter J. Jugis
Archbishop Emeritus James P. Keleher
Archbishop William J. Levada
Bishop William Lori
Bishop Paul S. Loverde (updated 3/1/2005)
Bishop George J. Lucas
Cardinal Roger Mahony
Cardinal Adam Maida
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell
Bishop Joseph F. Martino (Updated 2/16/05)
Bishop Robert J. McManus (updated 2/16/2005)
Bishop James A. Murray
Bishop William F. Murphy
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Bishop George Niederauer
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa
Archbishop Sean O'Malley
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla
Cardinal Justin Rigali(updated 3/28/2005)
Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli
Bishop J. Peter Sartain
Bishop Michael Sheridan
Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D
Bishop Allen Vigneron
Bishop Donald W. Wuerl
Bishop David Zubik
..."In the coming year in all our parishes the Year of the Eucharist will be celebrated in a variety of ways.
Our participation in those celebrations is an opportunity not only to renew our appreciation of the Eucharist in our own lives, but is also a way for us to be reminded of and strengthened in our communion with the living mission of the Church, the mission to make Christ present in this world and to share in the gift of salvation that He has extended to us and that we are to extend to others.
For a deeper appreciation of this, I suggest that, in addition to sharing in the Eucharistic programs in your parishes, you might also read for yourselves the encyclical [Ecclesia de Eucharistia ]to which I have been referring.
You might even be able to form parish groups to study the encyclical and make it a practical reality in your own spiritual lives...."
Complete column can be found at http://www.allentowndiocese.org/bishop/en100704.html
Link to the Year of the Eucharist section on the Arlington Diocese's website:
Lecture: "St. Thomas Aquinas & the Liturgy of the Church" by Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP
Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 7:30 PM
St Catherine of Sienna Parish
1020 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
For more information contact Fr. McAfee at 703-759-4350
Focusing Our Hearts on Advent
By Bishop Paul S. Loverde
Special to the Herald
(From the issue of 11/25/04)
..."Secondly, let us prepare our hearts for Advent by contemplating the Eucharist anew. We need to ask ourselves honestly at the outset of this Year of the Eucharist, "Am I bringing the Real Presence of Christ into my daily life?" We are "fed" and "enlightened" by our participation in the Eucharist, so is it leading us to a "love for our neighbor, to a love for every human being" (Dominicae Cenae 6)? Can others see the effect of the Eucharist in our love for them, our assistance to the poor, our concern for the most vulnerable in our midst, and the countless ways in which we interact with our neighbors each day?
I have encouraged those who lead our parishes and ministries to make Eucharistic Adoration and regular celebration of the Eucharist even more the very fabric of our lives, and it is happening all around us. To name but two examples, first, our Cathedral of St. Thomas More has begun a weekly Thursday evening holy hour and catechesis. Second, "Get Real - the Real Presence" is the central theme which our diocesan youth ministry office has asked our thousands of youth to consider throughout this coming year."....
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Year of the Eucharist
By Bishop Paul S. Loverde
Special to the Herald
(From the issue of 10/7/04)
..."At the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Arlington this past August, I expressed my hope that in this coming year, we would become ever more a diocesan church whose heart is Eucharistic.
Now, at the formal outset of this year, I am encouraging all of our laity, consecrated men and women, deacons and priests to make the "Year of the Eucharist" the unifying blueprint for our many pastoral projects....
First, the 'Year of the Eucharist' will strengthen and deepen our prayer life if we take practical steps to make adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and regular celebration of the Eucharist even more the very fabric of our lives. How aware are we that Christ is truly, really and uniquely present in the Eucharist? Seek Him throughout this coming year, and you shall find Him afresh!
Secondly, the 'Year of the Eucharist' will heighten our 'standard of Christian living' in ways we cannot imagine. How is the Eucharist connected to our daily lives, to our answering of His call to holiness? By the Eucharist, we are 'fed' and 'enlightened,' transformed as individuals into a clearer image of Christ. In turn, the Eucharist 'leads us to a love for our neighbor, to a love for every human being' (Dominicae Cenae 6). Draw near to Him throughout this coming year, and you will find Him anew!
Finally, the 'Year of the Eucharist' has the potential to transform us more fully into 'missionaries of the Eucharist' for the new evangelization. As Our Holy Father has said, '[A]nyone who encounters Christ in the Eucharist cannot fail to proclaim through his or her life the merciful love the Redeemer' (World Mission Sunday 2). Seek Him in the coming year, and become the missionary of His Presence to a needy world."...
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How to Live Life Daily
By Bishop Paul S. Loverde
Special to the Arlington Catholic Herald -- 10/28/2004
"The following story is true although it took place a long time ago in third-century Rome.
"A young man -- Tarsicius by name -- was hurrying down a road called the Appian Way when a mob tried to stop him. They wanted to see what he was carrying. He would not let them and tried to keep going. Why? Because Tarsicius was bringing Communion to some Christians in prison, and that meant that he was carrying the Blessed Sacrament -- truly Jesus under what looked like bread. Well, the mob got angry and they forced him to stop. When, even then, he would not show them or give them the Blessed Sacrament, which he was carrying, they beat Tarsicius to death.
"Why would this young man, Tarsicius, be willing to die rather than give up the Blessed Sacrament? Because he believed what the Catholic faith proclaims: that Jesus Christ is truly and really present under what looks like bread and wine; he believed that God's power changes bread and wine during the Mass, through the words of Consecration which the priest speaks, into the True and Real Presence of Christ! Listen to what you hear said in the Eucharistic Prayer at every Mass - in the words I shall quote or in similar words: "And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this Eucharist" (Third Eucharistic Prayer). If he didn't believe that, why would he have been willing to give up his life to protect and defend the Blessed Sacrament?....
"Yes, because of what the Catholic faith proclaims about Jesus in the Eucharist, centuries ago in ancient Rome Tarsicius gave up his life. That belief is still the same. We may not be asked to die in defense of the True and Real Presence of Jesus, but we are asked to reverence His Presence, that is, to value His Presence deeply and to show our reverence and appreciation outwardly by the way we treat Jesus in Communion and by the way we act in church. I cannot think of a better way for us to keep on remembering this Youth Rally than for us to keep alive and to live our understanding, respect and love for Jesus really and truly present in the Holy Eucharist. In this way, what we celebrate here during Mass becomes how we live life daily out there in the real world.
Click on the title for the complete homily on the Arlington Catholic Herald's website
The 10th Annual Eucharistic Congress will be held Saturday, June 4, 2005. Details will be posted on the Atlanta Archdiocesan web site: http://www.archatl.com/***
"Do This in Remembrance of Me"
Bishop Aymond will present an overview of the history and theology of the Eucharist, including its Jewish roots and historical development over our 2,000 year history. Focusing on Eucharist as the call to service, Bishop Aymond will invite us to consider how we take to heart our "full, conscious, active participation" in the Eucharist. All of the presentations will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include time for questions, prayer and benediction. Please contact the local parish to make reservations. Contact the diocesan Worship Office at (512) 873-7771 for simultaneous Spanish translation or assistance for the hearing impaired.
Feb.10, 2005, St. Thomas More Parish in Austin (512-258-1161)
March 1, 2005, St. Joseph's Good Shepherd Chapel in Bryan (979-822-2721)
March 3, 2005, St. Mary Parish in Lampasas (512-556-5544)
March 9, 2005, St. Jerome Parish in Waco (254-666-7722)
March 11, 2005, St. Anthony Marie de Claret Parish in Kyle (512-268-5311)
March 22, 2005, St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin (512-476-6182)
Source & other resources at: http://www.austindiocese.org/eucharist.htm
Most Rev. Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap
A pastoral letter on the Year of the Eucharist
Eucharist: a sacrament of unity, sign of love, call to mission
October 8, 2004 Edition of The Pilot
"Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has given us a Eucharistic Year that begins on Oct. 10.
To further this goal of the Holy Father, I have formed a committee to prepare suggestions for the celebration of the Archdiocesan observance of the Eucharistic Year, which we see as part of our spiritual preparation for our 200th birthday as a community of faith, the bicentennial of the Archdiocese in 2008....."***
Click title for the complete Pastoral Letter.
Holy Hours for Vocations
"Starting on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2004,and running through October 2005, parishes are invited by Bishop William E. Lori to host Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration, with a special intention for increased vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. This special observance corresponds with the 'Year of the Eucharist.'"
Schedule of Vocations Holy Hours and Bishop Lori's address "Mary and the Eucharist" can be found on the Bridgeport Diocese Website.Camden Diocese
Bishop Joseph A. Galante
St. Peter Roman Catholic Church
Merchantville, New Jersey
Parish Eucharistic Congress -- May 6 - 7, 2005
"We will concentrate and pray during our Eucharistic Congress on the two themes our Most Reverend Bishop has proposed for our concentration: Vocations and Stability within Families. It will only be through the triumph of Christ Our King that we will have good and holy vocations and intact families. "Charleston Diocese
Most Rev. Robert J. Baker "May this year of the Eucharist help us discover Christ anew"- October 2004
The pope has said that there is a very close connection between the Eucharist and announcing Christ. The Eucharist, according to our Holy Father, has a transforming power that provides the courage to live the faith and to spread the Gospel.
There is a lot of ignorance about the church's understanding of the holy Eucharist, and this year of the Eucharist will be a year of instruction and of deepening of our faith.
Following our Holy Father's lead, we in the Diocese of Charleston hope to understand and appreciate how the Eucharist embodies fundamental truths of the church, including Jesus' redemptive sacrifice and his continued presence in the world.
I invite all Catholics in South Carolina to make the holy Eucharist the center of all our evangelization efforts this year. May this year of the Eucharist help us discover Christ anew, adore him with greater devotion, and receive him more reverently in the greatest of gifts he has given us and the greatest of miracles he worked as he gave us his divine presence in the holy Eucharist.
Complete column can be found on the Diocese of Charleston web site: http://www.catholic-doc.org/***
Diocese of Charlotte's First Eucharistic Congress
Friday, Sept. 23 -- Saturday, Sept. 24
Charlotte Convention Center
For more information go to: http://www.charlottediocese.org/eucharisticcongress.html
Parishes offering Eucharistic Adoration are also listed on this site.***
The Archdiocese of Chicago website is offering: "OPPORTUNITIES FOR OBSERVING THE YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE IN 2005 "
Click link for dates and times of events planned.
For Eucharistic Adoration Sites and Schedules in the Archdiocese of Chicago go to www.pjp2ea.
1) February 5, 2005 at the Kennedy Union, University of Dayton
2) February 26, 2005 at Good Shepherd Church, 8115 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery
3) April 16, 2005 at Holy Redeemer Church, New Bremen.
The time is 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. There is no charge but you need to pre-register. For more information go to: www.catholiccincinnati.org/eucharisticcongress.
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla
Year of the Eucharist - Parish Bulletin Inserts on the Cleveland Diocese website.
Dates and times for Lenten Preaching on the Eucharist also listed on the website.
Colorado Springs Diocese
Bishop Michael Sheridan
The Year of the Eucharist
November 3, 2004
"Throughout this Year of the Eucharist I plan to devote much of my writing to the mystery of the Holy Eucharist which, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, is called "the source and summit of the whole Christian life." This simple and often- repeated description of the Eucharist should cause each of us to pause and consider the pre-eminence and splendor of this sacrament. The council teaches, as the Church as taught from the beginning, that the Eucharist is the very center and foundation of our lives as Catholics. Everything we do leads us to the Eucharist, which sacrament then empowers all we do as we strive to live lives worthy of our calling.
Why is the Eucharist so important? Why does the Church consider this sacrament, and so the Mass, to be the most important thing that we do as Catholics? The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting the instruction Eucharisticum mysterium, provides a beautiful and succinct answer: "The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit" (#1325). Each of these sentences is worth our further attention. "
The complete article and other articles focused on the Year of the Eucharist by Bishop Sheridan can be found at http://www.diocs.org/CPC/Corner/newspaper.cfm
Corpus Christi Diocese
Eucharistic Congress May 26th - May 29, 2005
"For Unity and Peace within Our Families, Our Community, Our World"
An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary, Friday, May 13, 2005 in the Cotton Bowl.
Resources for the Observance of the Year of the Eucharist for the Dallas Diocese can be found at:http://www.cathdal.org/yearoftheeucharist.htm
The diocese of Davenport, Iowa, will host an Eucharistic Congress on June 26, 2005 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Contact Rev. Robert Gruss at 563-324-1912 or email@example.com .
The Eucharistic Congress is still in the planning stages, updates will be posted
Dodge City Diocese***
Year of the Eucharist
Year of the Eucharist Link
Year of the Eucharist Link
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa***
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2005.
El Paso convention center.
$15 a person. Register at the door.
Eucharist Series Articles
Fort Wayne-South Bend
Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy
See Organization Page for a Summer Course offered at the University of Notre Dame
...."Devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has a long and fruitful tradition in the Church. On many occasions I have urged that each parish have at least a weekly time set aside particularly for Eucharistic adoration. I repeat this urging with the request that time be made for adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist every day. Over twenty parishes have perpetual adoration and I hope many more will begin this beautiful devotion. If for good reason this cannot be achieved, I hope every parish will provide daily opportunities for parishioners, "to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament." (n. 25)....
During the Year of the Eucharist I will ask our priests and deacons to speak often on the Eucharist. Scripture classes and other study groups are encouraged to study the Pope's encyclical on the Eucharist. Plans are being discussed to have a Diocesan Eucharist Congress in 2005. "O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine."
Complete column can be found at
"02/09/05 Bishop Zubik goes to the airwaves to talk about Eucharist and connection to Lent
Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will host a six-part radio series titled 'The Eucharist: Sacrament and Celebration' on the Relevant Radio network.
'It's the hallmark of our Lenten programming,' says Sherry Brownrigg, chief programming officer at Relevant Radio.
The series, which is designed to walk listeners through the Year of the Eucharist, will air from 9 to 10 a.m. on Fridays beginning Feb. 11 and will repeat at noon on Saturdays on the Relevant Radio network and its local affiliate WJOK, 1050 AM. A half-hour segment from the program will be broadcast nationally by Relevant Radio at 1 p.m. on Thursdays during Lent. Local listeners may hear the national broadcast online.
Topics presented by Bishop Zubik are:
Feb. 11 What is a Sacrament?
Feb. 18 What is the Liturgy?
Feb. 25 Eucharist as a Sacrament
March 4 Eucharist as a Celebration
March 11 Eucharist as Sacrifice and the Holy Meal
March 18 Eucharist as the Real Presence of Christ and the Eucharist as Transformation of its Recipients"
..."It is with exceptional joy, then, that we have welcomed Pope John Paul II's proclamation of a Year of the Holy Eucharist.... It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our appreciation for the Eucharist, to strengthen our convictions of being Catholic, and to nourish in God's grace our spiritual lives.
I will be working with the Presbyteral Council and other groups to develop celebrations and other events for the Year of the Holy Eucharist. At this time I request that all the parishes, institutions, and agencies in the Archdiocese make specific plans to observe this unique Year.
Parishes might schedule special celebrations of the Eucharist, Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament, extended periods of Adoration, Forty Hours Devotion, Eucharistic Processions, Benediction, etc. Experience shows that Eucharistic devotions make a profound difference in the tone of a parish, notably increasing participation in the Mass and in various parish service activities....
We will be promoting these efforts and activities from the Archdiocesan level as the Year proceeds. St. Joseph's Cathedral will be active in this regard. Everyone has his or her own parish, but the Cathedral belongs to everyone. The Archdiocesan website will be adding a special section for information on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catechism of the Catholic Church provides a helpful review on the Eucharist for all...."
Complete column can be found at***
Without the Eucharist, there would be no Church
Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B. - October 8, 2004
..."Pope John Paul II has declared a 'Year of the Eucharist,' beginning this October-with the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico-through next October 2005. I hope you welcome the Holy Father's Year of the Eucharist as I do. Not long ago, he wrote an encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Church of the Eucharist), in which he emphasized the point that without the Eucharist there would be no Church. Of course, the further implication is that without the ministerial priesthood, there would be no Eucharist and there would be no Church."...
[more in next week's column]***
Complete column can be found at - http://www.archindy.org/SEEKING.HTM
Eucharistic Year Reading and Discussion Group Event
Time: Monday, March 21, 2005 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: St. Monica Community Building
Fr. Larry Farrell, Pastor of St. Monica Parish, &
Kurt Lucas, Associate Director, Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Initiation
Participants are encouraged to acquire and read the documents prior to the evenings on which they will be discussed.
No registration required, ALL are invited!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact:
Kurt Lucas, Associate Director
Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Initiation
215 North Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3760
Phone: 269/349-8714 ext 234
..."Pope John Paul II has designated the period from October 2004 to October 2005 the Year of the Eucharist. The universal church opened the year with an International Eucharistic Congress at Guadalajara, Mexico, on Oct. 7, and will conclude it with a special Mass to be celebrated Oct. 29, 2005, during the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
In a Nov. 4 letter sent to pastors and others in the archdiocese, Archbishop James P. Keleher and Coadjutor Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann called this time of special observance a "challenge to examine our own participation in the Eucharist."
The local observance of the Year of the Eucharist here in the archdiocese will begin with a special Mass at 11 a.m. on Nov. 28, the First Sunday of Advent, at St. Peter Cathedral in Kansas City, Kan. Archbishop Keleher will be the main celebrant and homilist."...
excerpt from The Leaven, the Official Newspaper of the Kansas, November 19, 2004.
Click title for complete article.
The Year of the Eucharist
The Year of the Eucharist could change our lives.
The Year of the Eucharist proclaimed by Pope John Paul II begins this weekend, on October 10, with the International Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. The conclusion of the yearlong observance will coincide with the Worldwide Synod of Bishops in Rome next Fall, also devoted to the topic of the Holy Eucharist. What happens between these two events depends, to some degree, on us. We know that the Holy Spirit is always ready to change human hearts, and there is no better stage for Him to dramatically accomplish this work than Holy Mass.
Just how important is the Eucharist? The Catechism of the Catholic Church provides a collection of many profound teachings for our meditation: The Eucharist is the "source and summit" of the whole Christian life. In the Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass makes present the one sacrifice of Christ, and includes the Church's offering. In Holy Communion we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in His true Body and Blood. The Eucharist is the one perfect sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father. It is the foretaste of eternal life. It is the most sublime object of our adoration. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1322ff.)
The Pope has been preparing us for this Year of the Eucharist. In 1998 he wrote Dies Domini, on the meaning and importance of Sunday Mass. As the year 2000 approached, he expressed his hope that the Great Jubilee Year would be "intensely Eucharistic." There were Eucharistic celebrations and Congresses in many dioceses throughout the world, and a renewed emphasis on Eucharistic adoration.
On Holy Thursday of 2003, the Pope published his encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, and explained how "The Church Draws Her Life from the Eucharist." In the course of that reflection, he promised to provide some follow up documents that would help the Church celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in its integrity and purity. The issuance of the Revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal and more recently the Instruction, Redemptionis Sacramentum, have given us the practical guidelines we need to assure the authentic and reverent celebration of Holy Mass in continuity with the dignity and profound meaning our Lord and Savior gave it.
An initial part of our observance of this Year of the Eucharist, would obviously include the full implementation of these directives in all parishes and every other place where Holy Mass is celebrated in the diocese.
But this year can be even more for us. When a loved one is celebrating an important milestone, we take the occasion to express a deep closeness, appreciation, and affection for them. I hope that we will use this Year of the Eucharist to do something truly great individually and as a diocese for our Eucharistic Lord.
By this holy and living sacrament Jesus Christ has chosen to give Himself to us intimately and completely. He strengthens us as he sends us out at the end of each Mass to transform the world in Him. He remains forever close to us in the tabernacle. He does all this because He has loved us completely to the very end!
Let us begin our observance of this "Year" with a deep and soul-searching examination, thinking about whether we have given ourselves fully to Him who poured out His life for us on the altar of the Cross.
Dear friends, I hope to use this occasional column to talk to you about many things in our diocese and to reflect with you about our life in Christ. In the next months I will devote some space to reflections and suggestions for keeping this Year of the Eucharist.
Printed with permission of Bishop Robert Finn***
..."The motivation for emphasis on the Eucharist is rooted in the reality that the Eucharist is the source and summit of who and what we are as Catholics. Since the Last Supper, the Church has believed in the Real Presence of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine: body, blood, soul and divinity, as the theologians say. The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs (1333) that during Mass, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine cease in substance to be bread and wine and become Christ. The Catechism acknowledges that Christ makes himself present in many ways, but his presence in the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the other sacraments....
In discussing the Year of the Eucharist with the priest members of the Presbyteral Council, I was assured some parishes have already decided how they intend to observe this special event. Consensus was that each parish should develop its own response to the Holy Father's call....
Many of the young, too, have no experiential knowledge of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Currently, perpetual adoration is available at four different sites in our Local Church: St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Lafayette; St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Fishers; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Carmel; and St. Patrick Parish, Kokomo. Regular periods of adoration are common throughout our Local Church. Those that do not currently have time for adoration can utilize the Year of the Eucharist to introduce the young to adoration even as they satisfy the thirst of older Catholics who were raised in a tradition of adoration.
The Year of the Eucharist can also be a time to review liturgical directives. The fidelity of the vast majority of parishes to the Communion Rite directives has been impressive. However, some parishes have only implemented select portions of those directives. There are also isolated incidents of insistence of personal piety. The Year of the Eucharist provides time to revisit the communitarian nature of the Eucharist, why we are called to common posture, and the ways in which people who participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass can be moved from private prayer (my liturgy) to liturgical prayer (the liturgy of the Church) as directed by the General Instruction for the Roman Missal.
In the meantime, plans will proceed for the diocesan observance of the Eucharistic Year. This column will be utilized to explore various points of Church teaching on the Eucharist. Parents, even as they refresh their own understanding, may find those columns helpful in catechizing their children. "Home schooling" is a term we hear with some frequency these days. Perhaps the Year of the Eucharist can be utilized for home schooling in prayer, the importance of fidelity to Mass and the value of spending time in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission will be asked to organize a Eucharistic event to be held on Corpus Christi, May 29, 2005, perhaps in one of the larger churches in Hamilton County.
The Year of the Eucharist will be brought to a close with Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 23, 2005...."
Complete column can be found at
http://www.dioceseoflafayette.org/ Archives of: A Word from Bishop Higi***
The Western Deanery of the Diocese of Little Rock is preparing a month long celebration from March 15-April 15 for the year of the Eucharist. Our theme is Have you misses my presence? COME HOME! There will be community ads, billboards, radio and TV spots. Our web site is www.john6-56.org.***
Day of Recollection & Holy Mass on December 31st.
Sponsored by the Ecclesial Carmelite Movement
Details on: Organizations Page.
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - October 2004
Excerpts from: Southern Nebraska Register, "Parishes in Southern Nebraska Celebrating Year of the Eucharist" by Katie Eder, October 8, 2004
"....The Year of the Eucharist will be marked by events in all the Deaneries of the Diocese of Lincoln....
Bishop Bruskewitz believes this Eucharistic Year should be the focus of study, prayer and celebration among Catholics.
'After extensive consultation with my Presbyteral council. I agreed with the suggestion, first of all, that we should definitely celebrate the year of the Eucharist in a special way for many reasons, not the least, because of the wonderful devotion to the Blessed Sacrament throughout our diocese,' Bishop Bruskewitz said.
He said that it was thought more appropriate and more suitable for the people to have the celebration done on the deanery level throughout the year. The parishes of each deanery will take turns each month developing local celebrations involving the Eucharist.....
As deaneries develop local celebrations, details will be published in the Register."
Diocese of Lincoln web site: http://www.dioceseoflincoln.org/***
Excerpt from the Tidings - Friday, November 26, 2004
Mission Rooted in Eucharist
By Cardinal Roger Mahony
"Each season of the liturgical year --- Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time --- can be marked by a special opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration. The seasons of Advent and Lent are particularly appropriate times to bring the hopes and longings of the whole world and our own hearts before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
---At the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place every Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. --- as well as on feast days such as the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ --- throughout the Year of the Eucharist.
---Parishes throughout the Archdiocese would do well to make opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration available to parishioners on a regular basis.
In addition, parish communities might take a closer look at the place where the Eucharist is reserved. Is the tabernacle a worthy vessel for the Most Blessed Sacrament? Is the Sacrament kept in an inviting place of beauty that is conducive to quiet prayer?
Finally, in an effort to help all in our Archdiocese make the most of the Year of the Eucharist, a series of bulletin inserts on the Eucharist will be available in December through the Archdiocesan Office for Worship. These bulletin inserts will address different dimensions of the Eucharist. Further, an evaluation form for use by parish liturgy committees will be published in early 2005 in an effort to assure that the Liturgy is celebrated in such a way that it truly is the source and summit of our Catholic faith and practice. "
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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee will mark the beginning of a Eucharistic Year with a Mass on Sunday, October 10. Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will celebrate the Mass at the Schoenstatt Center.
Eucharist: Source and Summit of Life and Mission of the Church, a series of small group discussion materials, will be available to parishes for use during Lent. The materials are being produced by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and will be available for purchase from the Archdiocese.
Eucharist: Source and Summit of Life" Catechetical Conference will be held October 13-15, 2005.
Solemn Closing of the Eucharistic Year will be October 16, 2005 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Because of Hurricane Katrina the links to the New Orleans website are not all working.
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes' Letter on the Year of the Eucharist
"On this side of heaven, one cannot experience a more substantial or intense communion with Christ's presence than in the Eucharist. It is this substantial presence of Christ that we call The Real Presence. We were made for communion with the Divine; we were made for heaven. The Eucharist is a divine and heavenly gift in which we come to Jesus and Jesus comes to us. Vatican II duly proclaimed the Eucharist as the "source and summit of the Christian life," but understanding this phraseology is more than an intellectual task - it is a spiritual one. In this phrase we can see the link to the exit that St. Thomas wrote about, and we can apply this to the Eucharist as our "source" of life.
In our Archdiocese, there are 18 perpetual adoration chapels and 100 parishes that offer scheduled times of Eucharistic Adoration. In this "Year of the Eucharist" I encourage you to take advantage of this great blessing and visit Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Christ granted the request of his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and under the forms of bread and wine, his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity really do "remain with us." Of course, the disciples were only echoing the similar request that Jesus had made in Garden of Gethsemane to Peter, James and John when he asked them to remain with him -- to stay and pray with him for one hour. (Mt 26:37-40) Now, in this special year focused on the true reality of Christ in the Eucharist, we have the opportunity to do what the apostles failed to do that night -- to remain with Him in Eucharistic Adoration, and to receive Christ in Holy Communion."
The complete letter and scheduled events are on the Archdiocese of New Orleans' Website
OCTOBER 4, 2004 - Catholics travel to Mexico for Eucharistic Congress
"A small number of East Bay Catholics are traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, this week to participate in the 48th International Eucharistic Congress. They will be joined in Mexico by Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Emeritus John Cummins as well as thousands of Catholics from around the world."
Complete column can be found at
Adoration schedules in the Diocese of Oakland
In addition to the parishes listed above, many churches in the diocese have Eucharistic Adoration on a weekly or monthly basis.
The schedule can be found at http://www.oakdiocese.org/congress/AdorationTimes.htm.
November 19, 2004
The Catholic Voice
Year of the Eucharist: We need to be centered on faith formation and faith sharing
by Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss
"It is the hope of our synodal members, and my hope, that the continuing spiritual growth of our people will lead to increased involvement in the mission of the church. Certainly increased awareness of the significance of the Eucharist in our lives of faith will help bring about a renewal of Catholic life throughout Northeast Nebraska."
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November 5, 2004
The Catholic Voice
Beginning with Advent: Year of the Eucharist for the Catholic Church throughout the world
by Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss
"Pope John Paul II has asked Catholics throughout the world, beginning with Advent and a new liturgical year, to bring special emphasis to bear on the Eucharist. The mystery of the Eucharist lies at the heart of our faith, and more than anything else distinguishes us as Catholics. Fidelity to the Eucharist, especially on Sundays, is basic to our lives of faith and to our Catholic identity.
Our archdiocesan Synod this past July recognized the importance of Sunday Eucharist in the life and vitality of our parishes. One of the major areas of concern for the delegates, reflecting the feedback we received from people throughout the archdiocese, was the presence and availability of the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Jesus to all our people on a regular basis."...***
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April 23, 2005
In Honor of the Year of the Eucharist
Anaheim Convention Center Center Ballroom
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Admission is FREE
"As part of the Diocesan Celebration of Year of the Holy Eucharist proclaimed by our Holy Father this past spring, I am happy to announce the following parishes will serve as special sites for pilgrimage and Eucharistic devotion...."
Complete letter and List of Parishes can be found at
"...During this period of time, we are asked to celebrate a year of special prayer in which, as individuals and as the Church, we personally renew our faith in the Eucharist. We proclaim anew the Catholic teaching that the Eucharist is the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, offered on Calvary and renewed sacramentally in the Mass. We proclaim the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We proclaim that the Eucharist is the food Christ offers us out of love and commands us to receive in order to have eternal life....
During this coming year, in order to promote the personal conversion necessary in all of us for sharing in the Eucharist, the Archdiocese will also offer a Reconciliation Weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26, 2005. Further details will be made available soon.This opportunity for the Sacrament of forgiveness will be in addition to the regularly scheduled Confessions in our parishes throughout the year....
... In addition to a re-emphasis on the importance of the Sunday liturgy - and on participation at Mass during the week when possible - I ask the whole Archdiocese of Philadelphia to do everything possible to promote and increase Eucharistic Adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament....
...I am hopeful that during the Year of the Eucharist it may be possible to have an archdiocesan-wide Eucharistic event. This would be a great external witness to our Catholic Eucharistic faith. Above all, however, I am asking that the emphasis of this Year of the Eucharist be concentrated in our parishes and religious institutions. It is important that they become ever more fervent communities of worship and adoration. I ask that our families continue to communicate our Eucharistic faith and practices, and express them in our parish liturgies and devotions...."
Complete Letter can be found at
The Year of the Eucharist, Archdiocesan Closing Event, Sunday, September 18, 2005, 6-7:30 PM, Logan Square, Philadelphia. For more information call 215-587-0525.***
Pastoral Letter to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl - The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church - September 3, 2004
[Oct 17, 2004 Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Bishop Wuerl, St. Paul Cathedral, Fifth Ave and Craig St., Oakland, 5 PM.]
...Our celebration of the Year of the Eucharist should reflect, therefore, both on the nature of the Church and on the priesthood as a sacrament at the service of ecclesial communion. In fact, in his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia the Pope reminds us that the Eucharist builds the Church and the Church makes the Eucharist. The profound relationship between the two is reflective as well of the apostolic origin of both. "The Eucharist too has its foundation in the Apostles, not in the sense that it did not originate in Christ himself, but because it was entrusted by Jesus to the Apostles and has been handed down to us by them and by their successors" (27). The Pope then makes clear the place of priesthood. "This minister (priest) is a gift which the assembly receives through episcopal succession going back to the Apostles" (29)....
... In this Year of the Eucharist we should be attentive to our own devout participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We should take this time of reflection on the Eucharist to renew our own commitment to a renewal of our own personal fervor in devotion to the Eucharist. For priests and deacons this can take the form, as well, of providing parish opportunities for such devotion and using homilies to highlight and encourage such particular personal prayer practices. This can also be an occasion of evangelization and a time of outreach. There are many people who we know should be with us at Sunday Mass. Perhaps all that these family members, friends, neighbors, acquaintances or co-workers need is a reminder and an invitation from us that the Lord awaits them at his Table.
...Since the Year of the Eucharist will begin on Sunday, October 10, 2004 I invite every pastor, where appropriate and feasible, to consider having a period of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament sometime following the last Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy and concluding with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the late afternoon or even early evening. All of this necessarily would depend upon the capabilities of the parish. Another alternative would be to use the weekend of October 9-10 to invite people to come to the church regularly during that week to join in solidarity with the World Eucharistic Congress by spending some time in private prayer before the tabernacle. The opening week of the Year of the Eucharist could conclude with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on either Saturday, October 16 or Sunday, October 17 depending upon the schedule and possibilities within the parish. At Saint Paul Cathedral we will have evening prayer concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 5 p.m....
Complete Letter can be found at http://www.diopitt.org/pastoralletters/yearoftheeucharist.htm
During the summer, our priests helped me develop plans to respond to the Pope's invitation to observe the Year of the Eucharist. These plans call for our involvement at the diocesan and the deanery levels and also in our parishes and in our homes.
Our diocese in western South Dakota will begin the Year of the Eucharist with Forty Hours at the Cathedral on October 15-17. That weekend was chosen because it coincides with the gathering of the priests and deacons for the annual Clergy Days. The Forty Hours will open with Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and end on Sunday at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend, as I sincerely hope that each parish and mission will be represented at this event.
Each of the five remaining deaneries will host Forty Hours. I hope to be present at each one of them, as I always enjoy being with those who attend special events in the diocese. I remember the wonderful response during the Jubilee Year 2000, when many people made pilgrimages to each of the deaneries.
We also intend to offer a series of talks on the Eucharist during the Lenten season. We plan to make the talks available throughout the diocese via videoconferencing at various sites.
Parishes will be asked to emphasize the importance and meaning of the Eucharist. Perhaps catechists will plan to offer an additional session on the Eucharist to the young people they teach this year. The most serious challenge at the parish level is that of improving attendance at Sunday Mass. I ask pastors and parish councils to address this issue and create new ways to invite people to return to the regular practice of their faith. This might take the form of a "Welcome Home for Christmas" outreach to inactive Catholics.
In union with those efforts, I will write a pastoral letter which will be distributed in each parish to those attending Christmas Mass. The size of the congregations is very large at this feast, and I want to take that opportunity to invite all Catholics to make every Sunday a feast day of the Lord. Finally, the personal involvement of each one of us in the Year of the Eucharist will be important. The Eucharist, which is the center of our faith, is a celebration not only of Christ's sacrifices, but ours as well.
Praying the Morning Offering has traditionally been an important way for all Catholics to unite themselves to the Eucharist that is celebrated by millions of people throughout the world. A Morning Offering prayer card will be enclosed with the annual stewardship mailing in November. In this way, we can all reflect each day on what it means for us to be members of the body of Christ and pray with the Church for the needs named by the Holy Father.
Complete Letter can be found at
Go to Women for Faith & Family web site for Morning Offering prayer.
He comes to be with us because He knows we are Dying
A Christmas Message on the Importance of the Eucharist in Our Lives.
A Pastoral Letter to the People of God in Western South Dakota in the Year of the Eucharist,
December 25, 2004
Most Rev. Matthew Clark
St. Mary's Church, 32 E. Morris St., Bath, New York, the Diocese of Rochester will celebrate the Year of the Eucharist with 20 hours of
adoration once a month. The first period of adoration will be from Noon on Tuesday, Februay 8 and will end with benediction and ashes distributed on Ash Wednesday, February 9. The twenty hours of adoration period will be held each month beginning on the second Tuesday at noon through October 2005.
For more information contact Kathy Donnelly 607-566-2617 or Deacon Ed Wight
The Rockville Centre Diocese website has a page of Resources, Mass schedules and Adoration schedules.
October 1, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, Shrewsbury, Missouri
The theme for this year's Eucharistic Conference is "The Feast of Faith: The Eucharist in the Thought of Pope Benedict XVI," presented by the Rev. Eugene Morris, Assistant Professor of Sacramental Theology and Director of Worship at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The conference is sponsored by the Archbishop's Committee on Eucharistic Adoration.
A registration fee of $15 per person includes lunch, and is due at the time of registration. Send name(s), address, phone number, and check to
Archbishop's Committee on Eucharistic Adoration
6603 Christopher Drive
St. Louis, MO 63129
For more information, contact Mary or Rose at (314) 846-8207, ext. 200.Symposium on the Holy Eucharist
At the worldwide request of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem will present a three-day symposium on the Holy Eucharist, in conjunction with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, entitled “The Body and Blood of Christ: Treasure of the Church.” Scheduled speakers for the symposium are Archbishop Raymond Burke, Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, and Dr. Lawrence Feingold. The symposium, which will be held at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury, opens on Thursday, May 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; continues on Friday, May 27, also from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m; and concludes on Saturday, May 28, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for Thursday and Friday is free of charge; registration for Saturday is $15 per person. Advance registration is recommended. For more information, or to register, please call (636) 536-3229 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4, 2005
Year of the Eucharist indulgence
October 8, 2004
"Two special celebrations during the Year of the Eucharist. On April 7-8, the archdiocese will sponsor the Gateway Liturgical Conference. Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, will give the keynote address. A number of other experts in the Sacred Liturgy will given presentations throughout the conference. On April 9, the Archbishop's Committee on Eucharistic Adoration will hold its annual conference. More information about these two important events will be forthcoming through the St. Louis Review. "
Registration forms for the Gateway Liturgical Calendar now online: http://www.archstl.org/worship/2005_liturgy_conf.pdf***
Eucharistic Congress is in the planning stage for the close of the Year of the Eucharist.
"A Closing Celebration of the Year of the Eucharist" October 7-8, 2005
Contacts:contact person Fr. Joseph Johnson or Greg Smisek
Source: M. Gibson via email
The Diocesan Year of the Eucharist Celebration will be held on October 2 at St. Fidelis in Victoria from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
See: http://www.salinadiocese.org/Eucharist_Celebration.htm for details
PRESENTATION ON THE EUCHARIST
The Diocese of Salt Lake City is sponsoring a presentation on the Eucharist given by Deacon Owen Cummings.
"Renewal Through the Eucharist" - Saturday, April 9, 2005 from 9:00 AM-12:00 noon at St. Vincent DePaul Parish Holy Family Hall. CLICK HERE for registration form or call 801-328-8641 x322 or 1-888-414-8641.
"Our Holy Father has proclaimed this coming year, from October 17, 2004 to October 16, 2005, to be the Year of the Eucharist: Source and summit of the life and mission of the Church. He has called on all of us to focus our attention, our minds, hearts and souls on the Eucharist. In every Eucharist, we touch the hope that governs our lives. We are reminded that our lasting home is not here on earth, but with God in Jesus Christ. The Eucharist enlivens our hope and strengthens our faith....
In order to help us look at some of these means of growth, each month I will be sending out materials and resources for you to use with your people, organizations and special adoration groups... During this yar I encourage all parishes to schedule time for people to pray before the Blessed Sacrament...."
Complete Letter can be found at
A PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE "YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST"
Archbishop William J. Levada -- February 2005
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The Year of the Eucharist Resource Book from the Archdiocese -
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST May We Be One In Communion With Jesus Christ.
October 14, 2004 Pastoral Letter, click link above to read.
September 30, 2004
Press Release - Maria Orzel, Executive Director of Communications
"YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST," BEGINNING IN OCTOBER, TO HIGHLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES TO REFLECT ON THE MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST; BISHOP JOSEPH F. MARTINO, BISHOP OF SCRANTON, TO LEAD DEVOTIONS IN WILLIAMSPORT SCHOOLS AND PARISHES ON OCTOBER 8 - 9, INCLUDING ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND THE ROSARY
Responding to the call of Pope John Paul II who has designated a special "Year of the Eucharist" beginning in October, the Diocese of Scranton is looking to its parishes to highlight and provide opportunities for traditional Church devotions which express love for and awe of the mystery of the Eucharist....
In preparation for the coming Eucharistic Year, the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D., Bishop of Scranton, has called upon the diocese's 193 parishes to offer greater opportunities outside of Mass to reflect upon the gift of the Eucharist, instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, the night before his death on the cross. These traditional Eucharistic devotions include visits to the Blessed Sacrament, a Holy Hour, Forty Hours and Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Bishop Martino will open the Diocese of Scranton's observance of the Year of the Eucharist with several Eucharistic adoration activities planned in the Williamsport area on October 8 and 9.
On Friday, October 8, Bishop Martino will visit four elementary schools in the Williamsport area of the diocese -- St. Ann, St. Boniface and St. Joseph, Williamsport and Immaculate Conception, Bastress -- where he will lead the students, administration, faculty and staff in Eucharistic Adoration, recitation of the Rosary, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Students from Bishop Neumann Junior/Senior High School, Williamsport, will join with the students at St. Boniface for these Eucharistic devotions.
On Saturday, October 9, at 11:00 A.M. at Ascension Church, Bishop Martino will lead Eucharistic Adoration for students in the Williamsport parishes' religious education program. The public is also welcome to attend.
On Saturday at 7:00 P.M., at Annunciation Church, Bishop Martino will preside at the largest of the Year of the Eucharist opening activities, Evening Prayer, a service which includes psalms, hymns and readings. Faithful from across the diocese are invited to attend, especially those from Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Lycoming counties. Music will be provided by a Regional Choir, under the direction of Linda Orseck, with Larry Hoey as accompanist. Invitations have also been extended to the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and the Knights of Columbus from local parishes. CTV: Catholic Television, the diocesan TV station, will videotape the service and broadcast it in its entirety at dates to be announced....
As additional devotional activities, the bishop said he is encouraging the recitation of the Rosary to honor the Blessed Mother, Mary, who as Christ's Mother, became the First Tabernacle, regular reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and frequent attendance at Mass and Communion.
The diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Light, will publish a special supplement on the local observance of the Year of the Eucharist in its October 14th edition.
CTV will also present a preview of the diocesan observance on its "Our Community" program which premieres Sunday, October 3 at 7:30 P.M., with rebroadcasts on Monday, October 4 at 11:00 A.M.; Tuesday, October 5 at 4:00 P.M., and Wednesday, October 6 at 9:00 P.M. Program guests will be Rev. Christopher Sahd, diocesan Director of Worship, and Mr. Joseph Casciano, director of the Office of Parish Ministries.
Earlier this year, following Pope John Paul's Encyclical on the Eucharist, the Vatican released an Instruction on the Eucharist, called Redemptionis Sacramentum, or "The Sacrament of Redemption," which addresses the Church's liturgical practices pertaining to the celebration of Mass.
...You will recall that the Holy Father issued an encyclical letter to the whole church in 2003. That letter, The Church of the Eucharist, helps us focus on the age-old belief, repeated so powerfully at the Second Vatican Council, that the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the church and is essential to the faith of every Catholic. Without the Eucharist, there can be no church, and without the church there can be no Eucharist. This abiding and powerful presence of the risen Jesus is experienced week by week -- even daily -- in our parish communities.
I hope that there are several things we can do in our diocese during the coming months to help us put the Eucharist more fully at the center of our lives and of our mission as a church. In our pastoral planning for the future of parish life, we are guided by the first goal of our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, to grow in our communion with God and one another through prayer and the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. We need to do more in our preaching and in catechetical programs to help our people of all ages understand the meaning of the Eucharist and its central place in Catholic life. As parish cooperation and consolidations are discussed, it is always with a focus on how all of us can continue to participate in the Sunday eucharistic liturgy and participate in the mission that flows from it. Church buildings and chicken dinners have a place in parish life, but only Jesus can save us for eternal life. We seek him first, and we seek the means to share the Gospel with our children and neighbors.....
Before long, you will be made aware in the particulars of my desire that all recent liturgical norms of the universal church be observed carefully throughout the diocese. This may involve some small changes in posture or practice. We take the opportunity during this "Year of the Eucharist" to enter more reverently into this holy and living sacrifice, as well as to express our unity in Christ with each other and with the universal church.
I hope to use Catholic Times to present a sound catechesis on the Eucharist during this year of grace. I also look forward to making you aware, as we have done before, of the many opportunities in every area of our diocese for regular adoration of the Eucharist outside of Mass. Study, prayerful reflection and participation will be offered to each of us in the months ahead. Join me in praying that we will become even more what we know the Lord wants us to be, a community of faith, centered in the Eucharist, for the life of the world.
Complete column can be found at
"...Providence provides this great year of blessing at the time our Diocese embarks on the process of Holiness and Discipleship. In "Be Holy as Your Heavenly Father is Holy," I called upon each community to begin responding to the Call to Holiness with a deeper commitment to prayer through regular Eucharistic Adoration. As Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, I ask every parish and mission to actively inform the People of God of this great year of blessing that our Local Church might truly grow in holiness in preparation for the new evangelization. Further, I encourage a renewed frequency in the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. Individual confession has proven to be a tremendous help to the growth in holiness. In a special way I invoke the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is patroness of the Diocese of Tyler.
In the Diocese of Tyler, we will begin celebration of this Year of the Eucharist on October 7, 2004, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The prayer and meditation of the Rosary has brought many to a closer personal relationship with Christ who is truly present in the Eucharist. I ask each parish and mission to have at least one hour of exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on October 7. Ideally, this Holy Hour would begin with Mass, for Eucharistic Adoration flows from the great work of Christ, the Paschal Mystery. Further, I ask as many of the Faithful as possible to join that day in praying the Rosary with the Luminous Mysteries.
Throughout the Year of the Eucharist, special Eucharistic Prayer Days will be organized throughout the Diocese. These Eucharistic Prayer Days will include prayer and Exposition, beginning one evening and concluding the following evening. It would be very fitting for these times of prayer to include public celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and communal recitation of the Rosary. I ask the Deans to arrange for a different parish or mission in each deanery to host a Eucharistic Prayer Day each month of the Year of Eucharist. I encourage the priests of the Deanery to gather together for these celebrations and for the People of God to attend in a type of pilgrimage. Such gatherings should include ample opportunities for Confession. I pray my brother priests and deacons will lead by example and avail themselves of Sacramental Confession on a regular basis.
The Diocese of Tyler will conclude our observance of the Year of the Eucharist with a special celebration in connection with the Discipleship Conference, October 21-22, 2005...."
Complete Letter can be found at
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will give the Keynote Address at the Diocese of Wilmington's Eucharistic Congress on October 29, 2005 in Ocean City, Maryland.
ONE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
Saturday, October 29, 2005
The Ocean City Convention Center
4001 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Maryland
Complete information at http://www.cdow.org/econgress.html
Bishop McManus issues Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist
"February 10, 2005 , Worcester , MA -- Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, D.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, has issued a 'Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist to the Catholic Faithful of the Diocese of Worcester.' The document is being distributed on Friday, February 11 in The Catholic Free Press and is available online at the diocesan website, www.worcesterdiocese.org. Additional printed copies will be available for parishes to distribute.
The Diocese of Worcester is participating in a worldwide Year of the Eucharist, called for by Pope John Paul II, and announced locally in September 2004. The year will conclude with a Eucharistic Congress at the DCU Center on October 29, 2005 ."
September 26, 2004
"Today I wish to announce here in our Cathedral Church of St. Paul that we shall respond to the Holy Father's announcement by observing here in the Diocese of Worcester the same Year of the Eucharist. My hope and prayer are that for the next year, in every parish throughout our diocese, special liturgical celebrations, parish missions and days of prayer and reflection will be conducted so as to help our Catholic faithful focus their attention in a singular fashion on the mystery of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Church's life.
In October, 2005, I plan to conclude our year-long observance of the Year of the Eucharist with a solemn, diocesan celebration of a Eucharistic Convocation to which every member of the Diocese of Worcester will be invited. ..."
Complete letter can be found at
Come, let us adore the Bread of Life!
Rev. Msgr. Robert Siffrin, Diocesan Administrator, announced a special event to conclude the Year of the Eucharist. On Sunday, October 2, 2005 there will be Solemn Evening Prayer and an outdoor Eucharistic Procession at St. Dominic Parish in Youngstown. (See Youngstown Website for details)
Go to Main Page for "The Year of the Eucharist" for
Resources - Papal Documents on the Eucharist - Vatican Documents on the Eucharist
LINK to Catechism of the Catholic Church - USCCB Statements
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