“It is my deepest hope that these seven weeks will be for us all a time to grow in our love for, and understanding of, this most beautiful sacrament and, in doing so, come closer to the God who has bestowed upon us every blessing we know in this world,” Bishop McElroy
Meeting the Challenges of Parish Renewal
“Should I go to Mass this weekend?” Many faithful wrestle with this question, amid the latest news on the coronavirus. But perhaps answering the question, “Why should I go to Mass?” and understanding the blessings of encountering the real presence of Christ will offer the compelling reason to attend Mass in person.
To help promote this, the diocese is launching a seven-week program to re-introduce the gifts received when attending Mass; none greater than the Eucharist.
• September 11-26: On three consecutive weekends, taped homilies will be presented at every parish, each keyed to a distinct theme. Bishop McElroy taped a brief introduction to the program, which should be played before the first homily.
• “The Eucharist is a direct personal encounter with Jesus Christ”
• “The Eucharist is the sacrificial memorial of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection by which we have been redeemed”
• “The Eucharist is the sacred meal that nurtures us, bonds us together, and sends us forth to transform the world”
• October 2-3: During the weekend Masses of October 2-3, every pastor in the diocese is to present his own homily on the Eucharist, geared to his community.
• October 9-24: Pastors will lead “teaching Masses” pausing at various points to explain the meaning and history of the rituals.