Join the National and diocesan movement to revive devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
By Andrew Hansen
Launching on the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 19, Catholics across the United States and our diocese, will begin a movement to invite Catholics into a deeper understanding and devotion of the holy Eucharist. This movement of Catholics is about healing, conversion, formation, and becoming a unified Body of Christ by focusing on encountering the real Body of Christ, present to us in the Eucharist.
In 2019, a Pew Study indicated what many had long suspected. Few Catholics, approximately 30 percent, fully believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This stark reality inspired the bishops of the United States to action. More than an event or a program, they envisioned a true revival to rediscover the Eucharist through a deep commitment of prayer, pilgrimage, and worship on the part of the entire Church in the United States. The advent of the pandemic only accelerated these plans, revealing their urgency and importance. Too many Catholics still have not returned to Mass to celebrate the central mystery of the Church.
Over three years and beyond, every Catholic diocese, parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing their faith to the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
In our diocese, here are just some of the things the Eucharistic Revival will entail over the next several years (mark your calendars for some of these!):
- Corpus Christi Eucharistic processions on June 19 at your parish or a parish near you;
- Catholic Times’ Build a Church Lego Contest happening now for students (www.dio.org/buildachurch);
- Launching Eucharistic adoration or expanding Eucharistic adoration at parishes;
- Parishes hosting the traveling Eucharistic Miracles of the World display;
- Video series on the Eucharist and national speakers coming to parishes;
- A diocesan Year of the Eucharist starting Dec. 8. This Year of the Eucharist coincides with the celebration of the 100th year of the transfer of our diocese from Alton to Springfield. A special Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton kicks off the diocesan Year of the Eucharist Dec. 8 with the concluding Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2023;
- A diocesan Eucharistic Congress at the BOS Center in Springfield on Oct. 28, 2023. National speakers, Bishop Robert Barron and Scott Hahn, will give talks in the arena. Other events focusing on the Eucharist and other topics will also take place at the BOS Center before a special Mass in the arena where nearly 8,000 Catholics from our diocese will attend;
- The first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost 50 years will take place July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis.