In their meeting in the fall of 2021, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops approved a three-year Eucharistic Revival whose purpose is to "renew the church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist." The first year, from June 19, 2022 through June 10 of 2023, was the "Year of Diocesan Revival." The purpose of this year was to prepare diocesan staff to share the love of the Eucharist with the Catholics in their dioceses.
The second year will be called the "Year of Parish Revival, and it goes from June 11, 2023, through July 17, 2024. This year has also been called the "Year of Eucharistic Revival." The purpose of this year is to strengthen Catholics in their understanding of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and in their “devotion to Christ in the Eucharist."
Listen to Kim Mandelkow's presentation at St. Joseph on the role of Eucharistic ministers, including how they serve as the Body of Christ. Listen now.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has announced a new seven-week online course on the Eucharist that is appropriate for small groups.
The study is called "Jesus and the Eucharist," and it is goes for seven sessions. Each session has 'teaching, testimony, and time for faith-sharing'.
The course may be taken in the fall or spring. There is a 45-minute training session online for those who are interested in being a table facilitator for a small group. If you are interested in attending this course, please contact Dennis Sylva, Adult Formation director, at the parish office, ext. 106.
The third year is the “Year of Going Out on Mission," and it runs from July 21, 2024 through Pentecost, 2025. The purpose is to deepen and spread this devotion to others.
Starting January 2024, there will be both parish-wide and archdiocesan-wide events to grow in the understanding of the Eucharist and in Eucharistic devotion. At our parish, other such occasions will be another talk on the Eucharist and more homilies about the Eucharist. Further, we will offer a program called Emmaus 90. It is a 90-day program from January 1 through the end of March, 2024. Groups consisting of several people may come together to read the Bible together and to pray together. This will be advertised more as the time approaches. In addition, there will be another Eucharistic procession on Corpus Christi Sunday in June of 2024.
– Dennis Sylva, Adult Minister