The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recognizes that the world is hurting. As the Pew Research Center found, only 31 percent of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The official website for the National Eucharistic Revival says, “Scandal, division, disease doubt … Today we confront them all, at once. Our response at this moment is pivotal.” The world needs Jesus.
On Feb. 24, the Maui Vicariate will have a mission from 9 a.m. to noon with Jesse Manibusan as the speaker. This is a great time for all to gather and learn more about the Eucharistic Revival through Jesse’s presentation, The Eucharistic Revival; Jesus is the Mission, and the Mission Has a Church. A speaker, musician, and composer, Jesse easily connects with those to whom he presents and is a joy to listen to.
Jesse will present on various topics including the Paschal Mystery; living in Jesus; and cultivating honesty, hope, joy, faith, and transformation through Jesus and the mission of the Church.
“Through stories and songs, reflection and participation, multimedia and so forth, this mission has the potential to help the faithful reconnect, recommit, and return to our first love, the very grace and healing love of the Holy One,” Jesse says.
Karen Powers, Director of Faith Formation at St. Theresa, heard Jesse speak at the National Catholic Youth Convention in Long Beach, Calif., in November 2022. Take it from Karen — you don’t want to miss this mission! She enjoyed how Jesse used music and stories to get his message out.
“My takeaway from hearing Jesse speak was that God has a plan for each of us, young and old, rich and poor, and we need to help one another in that plan,” Karen says. “This is not a ‘me’ life that God granted. It is a ‘we’ life, one to be shared.”
Lent is the perfect time to focus a bit on your faith. Most of us choose something to give up — but consider adding something to grow your faith.
“Lent is a season of reflection — a time to check our hearts, to see what’s damaged and what needs healing, as well as what gets our hearts racing for God,” Karen says. “It is a time to look into our hearts to see how we experience emptiness, what draws us to sin, how we measure our faithfulness, where we experience the presence of Christ, how has our suffering weighed on us, and how we desire to do the will of God when experiencing each of these.”
A mission is an opportunity to set life aside for a short time and focus on our faith. Most of us don’t have time to do a retreat away from home. But we can set aside three hours for this mission. After the mission, there will be food for everyone.
“A parish retreat or mission always gets the parish on an upward trajectory towards our final destination — heaven,” Karen says. “Retreats and missions help to find a bit of heaven here and now in our brothers and sisters, and in the people we encounter along the way.”
Please plan to attend the Lenten mission on Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Theresa’s in Kihei. The mission is free, but please visit https://www.osvhub.com/stanthonymaui/forms/living-the-promise-2024-event to register so that we can plan accordingly.