As we enter into this season of Lent, we are in the midst of a Eucharistic revival. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling us to reignite our love and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament — the source and summit of our faith. It is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, in the flesh, here and now. As John Paul II once said, “The Eucharist is a taste of eternity in time.” So, as we enter into the desert of the 40-day retreat we call Lent, Fr. Greg will lead a day-long retreat centered on Christ in the Eucharist. The theme will be “The Eucharist — Source & Summit.”
The retreat will be held on Saturday, March 9, at the Centre for Christ in Sauk Centre. Fr. Greg will give a series of talks about the importance of the Eucharist and how our lives should center on Christ’s true presence therein.
“To be in the right relationship with God, all of us should hunger and thirst for the Eucharist,” Fr. Greg says. “We should be in the right relationship so that we can receive worthily of His body.”
Lent is the perfect time for us to poignantly focus on our hunger for the Eucharist. We are called into the desert, to deny ourselves of the things of this world that get in the way of our focus on Christ. Then, in turn, we re-focus our hearts and minds on Him who satisfies our deepest desires, the One for whom we were made — God Himself.
“The annual Lenten retreats are a nice time for spiritual growth,” says Stewardship Committee member Janet Zenzen. “And this year’s focus on the Eucharist will offer us time to re-consider how we can live out our faith, which is centered on the Eucharist, through lives of stewardship. It will be a beautiful time to grow in prayer and faith formation.”
In addition to Fr. Greg’s talks, the day will include small-group discussions, a Lord’s Day ceremony, lunch, and Eucharistic Adoration. It will conclude with the celebration of the Mass.
The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. The retreat will then commence at 9 a.m., at the Centre for Christ, and will wrap up around 3 p.m., to allow time for attendees to head to St. Paul for Mass.
Fr. Greg and Janet encourage all of us to participate. Both of them note how past Lenten retreats have impacted them greatly, and they are sure this year’s will, as well. They invite all of us to come and see what the Lord has in store.
“It is a beautiful opportunity for all of our parishes to come together as one,” Janet says. “Some of us don’t know each other, and this is a beautiful opportunity to build a parish family atmosphere. It is a wonderful chance to recognize that together we are one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.”
Check the bulletin for details on how to register for the retreat. You don’t want to miss it!