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Eucharistic revival launches website as place of resources

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Philippe Lissac | Godong

John Burger - published on 12/20/21

Site is "a place we’ve designed especially to help you bring the truth and beauty of our teaching on the Eucharist to your people," Bishop Cozzens says.

The Eucharistic Revival has a website.

Eucharisticrevival.org was launched this month, six months ahead of the beginning of a three-year program designed to help restore Catholics’ faith in and appreciation of the central sacrament of the Church’s life.

“Our goal is to empower you and your organization so that you can participate in this Eucharistic revival, which is central to the mission of the Church in the United States right now,” said Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota, in a video introduction on the site. “We want to help you first revive your own faith in Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist, come to a deeper understanding of what the Eucharist can be in your own life. And then we want to help you form the groups that you’re a part of in your parish, in order to enliven the faith in the Eucharist in those people.”

Bishop Cozzens, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee overseeing the Eucharistic revival, said the website is “the central place to get all the resources you need about the Euchristic revival. It’s a place we’ve designed especially to help you bring the truth and beauty of our teaching on the Eucharist to your people. You’ll find here resources for schools, catechists, parents, youth ministers, parish leaders, and all of them are for free. Many of them have been developed by Catholic media partners.”

Free video course

The first two resources posted on the website are the 2021 USCCB document on the Eucharist, “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” and an online course on the Eucharist delivered by Bishop Cozzens. 

The revival was launched in response to a 2019 Pew Study that found approximately 30% of Catholics fully believing in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

“More than an event or a program, they envisioned a true Revival to rediscover the source and summit of our Faith through a deep commitment of prayer, pilgrimage, and worship on the part of the entire Church in the United States,” the new website explains.

The website emphasizes that the revival is not a step-by-step plan or a series of meetings, but a “grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.”

The revival will launch on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022. The bishops envision over the next three years that dioceses will host Eucharistic Congresses and processions; parishes will increase or begin Eucharistic Adoration; there will be a greater emphasis on the faithful celebration of Mass according to the liturgical norms, and families and friends will gather in small groups to learn and pray together. 

“Filled with the flame of charity from the reception of Jesus in the Eucharist, missionary disciples will go to the margins, recognizing the mystery of Jesus’ presence in the poor,” the Eucharistic revival website says. 

All of this will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis from July 17-21, 2024.

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