Eucharistic Revival

The National Eucharistic Revival launched June 19 on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Diocese of Rapid joined other dioceses in the United States with a Eucharistic procession that day. Bishop Peter Muhich began the observance with 3 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City. The procession began at 4:30 p.m. and 500 people walked from the cathedral to Memorial Park about 20 blocks away. At the park they were joined by 100 more people for benediction with the bishop. The day concluded with a picnic served by area Knights of Columbus councils. The revival is a three-year mission by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops to “renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.” 

What is the Eucharistic Revival?

How Can You Become Part of the Revival?

Bishop Cozzens, Chairman of the USCCB Commitee on Evangelization and Catechesis, has described the National Eucharistic Revival as a movement, not a program.  It is the hope of the Bishops, that through this initiative, people across the country will join them to help “light the fire of Eucharistic faith in our Church.”  Here are some ways you can participate:
  • Pray!  
    • Sign-up to be a prayer partner for the Revival:  https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/
    • Commit time for personal prayer each day, particularly with the Scriptures
    • Pray for our priests and deacons during this Diocesan Year who will experience retreats with a National Eucharistic Preacher and who are committed to deepening their own Eucharistic faith in the coming year.
  • Learn!
    • Sign-up for the weekly newsletter for inspiring articles and information:  https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/
    • Check out the many video and audio resources available for free at: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/learn-resources
    • Pick up a good book on the Eucharist.  Some suggestions:
      • What Happens At Mass by Jeremy Driscoll, OSB
      • A Devotional Journey Through the Mass by Christopher Carstens
      • A Year With the Eucharist:  Daily Meditations on the Blessed Eucharist by Jerome Keller
  • Worship!
    • Blessed Carlos Acutis, one of the patrons of the Revival, spent time in front of the tabernacle each day before or after Mass and brought to Jesus his needs, desires, thanksgiving, praise and worship.  Consider following his example!
    • Make an effort to visit the Church during the week and spend a few minutes in quiet prayer.
    • Consider going to Mass more often.
  • Come!
    • Make a commitment to join your fellow parishioners in prayer and adoration when the St. Katharine Drexel Monstrance* visits your parish sometime in the coming year.
    • Join us for Pastoral Ministry Days in 2023 where we will host a National Eucharistic Preacher
    • Pray for the intercession of Blessed Carlos Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, patrons of the National Eucharistic Revival when their relics visit our Diocese in late October.
  • Watch!
  • Witness!
    • Share a short story of your own encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist.
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