Adoration, Make a Lenten Commitment
You may have seen this statistic – In 2019, a study by the Pew Research Center reported that only a third of Catholics believe the Eucharist is the real Body and Blood of Christ. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by this information given the full complexity of the Eucharist – that through the power and grace of God, the bread and wine is transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. This very real presence of Christ begins at the moment of consecration and endures until it is consumed.
To help Catholics not only better understand the Real Presence of Christ but to develop a deeper love for the Eucharist, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has established a National Eucharistic Revival. This is a multiyear effort involving catechesis (knowing about God) and evangelization (knowing and loving God). This effort started in 2022 and will conclude in 2025.
At the parish level we will be offering additional opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration during Lent. Forty hours of Eucharistic Adoration will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14 at 8:00 pm and continue through Noon Friday February 16. And on five Saturdays during Lent, from February 17 to March 16 there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning one-hour prior to 5pm Mass, concluding just before Mass begins. Additional opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration will continue on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. I hope you make time to spend an hour with the Lord during this Lenten season.
Deacon Peter LeTourneau
Director of Parish Ministry & Evangelization