The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recognizes that the world is hurting. And 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. The USCCB’s National Eucharistic Revival, spanning three years, is an effort to “restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery here in the United States by helping us renew our worship of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”
Starting on Corpus Christi in 2023, we entered the year of the parish revival for the Eucharistic Revival. Fr. Joshua Votruba is the diocesan point person for the Eucharistic Revival and is spreading the message here at the Cathedral.
“The USCCB emphasizes that this is a movement, not a program,” Fr. Joshua says.
Research done as part of the three-year strategic plan here at the Cathedral showed that most parishioners believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
“Our people are in a good spot in their belief in the Eucharist,” Fr. Joshua says.
As part of that strategic plan, ministry leaders will be encouraged to look for ways to promote the Eucharist within their ministries.
“We want to work with what we already have,” Fr. Joshua says. “We don’t need new things. We want to look at what we can utilize to move us toward the goals we are setting ourselves up for.”
The Lenten series, beginning in late January, will be a small-group format utilizing the Jesus in Eucharist series.
A group from the diocese will be attending the National Eucharistic Congress from July 17 to 21 in Indianapolis. The diocese has reserved 125 tickets. The diocese is also circulating a Eucharistic Miracles exhibit throughout 2024.
After the 2024 Corpus Christi Mass, there will once again be a Eucharistic procession from Christ the King Parish to the Cathedral. Last year, about 1,000 people took part, and Fr. Joshua hopes to see this continue to grow.
“We want to keep growing this procession because it’s quite a witness,” Fr. Joshua says. “People wonder what is going on, and that’s the mission of the Eucharistic Revival. It’s a living relationship and a rekindling of Jesus in the Eucharist.”
Fr. Joshua hopes to see more people participate in Eucharistic Adoration after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday Masses on the first Sunday of the month.
“During adoration, just work on being present and sitting in the love of God,” Fr. Joshua says. “It’s about coming to know the love of God in a very intimate way. It propels us to receive him in the Eucharist.”
Take this time of the Eucharistic Revival to focus on Jesus Christ in the Eucharist—this is Fr. Joshua’s hope for all of us.
“It is the Holy Spirit calling us into this time,” he says. “There are times in life that we need to recommit ourselves. Recommit to our belief in the Eucharist. Live it out. It impacts all areas of our lives.”
Be sure to watch the bulletin for upcoming events in 2024 as part of the Eucharistic Revival.