Beginning on Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022, the Diocese of Evansville kicked off a Eucharistic Renewal in which our Parishes, Catholic Schools and Diocesan Offices are participating! At the same time, all of the Catholic dioceses in the United States are holding a Eucharistic Renewal (referred to as a “revival” on the national level). Eventually, the Renewal will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis from July 17–21, 2024.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed to the following reasons for why a Eucharistic Renewal is so important: “In 2019, a Pew Research Study revealed that less than one-third of self-identified Catholics expressed a belief in the Real Presence. Less than a year later, the COVID-19 crisis forced the Church in the U.S. to suspend public liturgies. During this crisis, many of the faithful expressed a renewed desire for the Eucharist, but there is also a concern that some may lose the sense of the need for the Eucharist and not come back to regular mass attendance. Beyond these significant developments lies a deeper concern, which is the loss of the robust Eucharistic mindset of the Church in her faithful. … The fact of Catholics not knowing or believing in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist signifies a profound loss of identity that needs to be regained.”
Consequently, the Eucharistic Renewal in our diocese focuses on four goals:
1. Believe: Foster belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. 2. Worship: Foster attendance at Mass, as well as valuing Mass in its entirety.
3. Live: Encourage living in such a way so as to reflect the Eucharist in our daily lives.
4. Share: Encourage sharing the truth, beauty and goodness of Mass with others so that they in turn may be drawn to it.