We are in the midst of a three-year Eucharistic Revival. In this world with so much hurt and pain, we need the Eucharist more than ever. Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. If we unite around the Eucharist — the source and summit of our faith — the Church will be renewed. Because we are amid the Eucharistic Revival, this year’s Lenten Retreat on Feb. 24 will focus on the Eucharist, particularly how it connects to stewardship. (Visit eucharisticrevival.org to learn more about the three-year revival.)
Fr. Greg Paffel is the pastor of Parishes on the Prairie Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota (a grouping of six vibrant parishes). He will speak on the theme “Do This in Memory of Me.” Besides being excited to take a break from his busy schedule, Fr. Paffel is also happy to visit our faith community to share this message.
“What did Jesus do?” Fr. Paffel says. “He took bread, blessed the bread, broke the bread and gave the bread to His disciples. It becomes the Body and Blood of Christ.”
As Fr. Paffel notes, the Mass and the Eucharistic celebration are the classrooms for stewardship, just as the Bible is the textbook for stewardship.
Fr. Paffel invites all to hear the message of stewardship and the Eucharist. He points out that we were called to stewardship before we were called to discipleship.
“Before there was sin, the job of people was to take care of the garden and be a steward of the garden,” Fr. Paffel says. “Adam and Eve walked side by side with God in the garden. After sin, we were called to follow the Lord. We follow Jesus to the promised land we call heaven, just like the Israelites followed Moses. Discipleship and stewardship are two sides of the same coin — they go hand in hand.”
The Lenten Retreat is taking place on Feb. 24. Use this retreat to jumpstart your Lenten observances. Growing closer to Christ in the Eucharist is an amazing gift to offer yourself. The retreat will begin with Mass and include time for talks, brief small group discussions, and Adoration. There will also be time for fellowship during the meals.
Fr. Paffel can’t wait to share his message. He quotes Matthew 5:6 as a kick-off — “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
“To be in the right relationship with God, all of us should hunger and thirst for the Eucharist,” Fr. Paffel says. “We should be in the right relationship so that we can receive worthily of His body.”
Fr. Paffel has been speaking about stewardship for about ten years.
A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fr. Paffel attended the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., for his priestly studies. As part of his studies, he lived in Israel for three months. In his free time, Fr. Paffel likes to play cards and guitar — he especially loves praise and worship music. Fr. Paffel also rides a motorcycle.
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Don’t miss the Lenten retreat on Saturday, Feb. 24!