In just a few weeks, the Catholic Church in the United States will embark upon a three-year Eucharistic Revival in hopes of rekindling within Catholics “a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.” The revival will officially start with diocesan celebrations on the Feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ), June 19, 2022. In 2023, the focus will be on parishes and resources that will deepen Catholics’ understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The culmination of the Eucharistic Revival will be a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, IN, in the summer of 2024, that the bishops hope will draw between 80,000 and 100,000 people, who will be sent forth as Eucharistic missionaries.
To assist you in welcoming others to learn about and participate in the revival, Loyola Press has launched a Eucharistic Revival microsite with dozens of resources for teaching about, celebrating, and living the Eucharist, so that it truly becomes the “source and summit” of our lives.
In particular, I’d like to draw your attention to a resource to help you lead others to a deeper understanding of the Mass. Not long ago, I did a series of Pop-Up Catechesis videos called A Walk Through the Mass. Now I’ve gathered those videos into one 30-minute compilation video covering 12 parts of the Mass.
Use this video for all ages beginning with older children through adults.
Likewise, consider reading, studying, and reflecting on Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life, which I co-authored with Fr. Dominic Grassi. There’s a discussion guide for parishes wanting to read the book together through the Loyola Press One Book, One Parish program.
May this Eucharistic Revival enable all of us to deepen our commitment to a life of discipleship that is sustained and nourished by a deeper devotion to the Eucharist, which Jesus said is, “my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)