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2022 Eucharistic Renewal

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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. BelieveFoster 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.

Anointing of the Sick

July 9 & 10 at all 3 Masses

A sacrament of healing…we come together in compassion and support. Anointing for those who are ill or suffering. Please bring family or friends who are interested in receiving the sacrament to Mass this July weekend.  

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting Notes for 5/3/2022
Prayer led by Bartell Berg; March Minutes approved as written
Welcomed new Justice Minister, Brenda Meyer!
Objectives: Increasing activities & increasing number of people active in justice ministries

Commission Reports were received and reviewed.
Discernment of New Members: 7 nominations have been submitted. Need 3 new members.
Leadership: Parish Life Coordinator – currently on hold
Justice: Justice Minister – has been hired! (Brenda Meyer)
Youth: Need more participation
Facilities: AC working well
Welborn Grant: No update
Marketing Committee Report: Discussed how to bolster endowments.

CPC Progress/Finances:
Goal $151,346
Total Pledged $111,605
Total Paid $114,144
Other Matters:
Discussed how to get more attendance for Wednesday prayer services during Lent.
90 of 360 Time and Talent sheets returned.
Group Prayer for Ukraine—maybe printed on prayer cards; Catholic Charities are discussing adopt a family for Ukraine; information has not been sent to Father Jay yet.
Pastor’s Comments:
Reminder that the CAJE Action is Monday, May 9
Next Month’s Meeting: Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
This meeting is scheduled to be hybrid.
Closing Prayer
Meeting Ended at 7:33 p.m.

Feast Day of St. Norbert

St. Norbert | June 6

Born to nobility, St. Norbert of Xanten, was ordained as a subdeacon and served in the court of Henry V, Emperor of Germany, however, at court it was easy to be distracted by wealth, power and luxury and he lived a worldly and corrupt life there. By the grace of God while traveling in a storm he was nearly struck by lightning and almost killed. This experience changed St. Norbert and he became penitent, left his court post, and after a period of discernment in a monastery, felt called to be a priest.

Norbert became an itinerant preacher, preaching against worldly attitudes but at the Pope’s request finally settled in northern France and founded the Norbertine order established according to the rule of St. Augustine. The order grew rapidly and soon founded women’s branch. Norbert traveled and preached across Germany where he also founded a lay branch of the Norbertines. In Belgium he preached against heresies which denied the Blessed Sacrament.

Eventually he was made Archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany, and later he traveled to Rome in support of Pope Innocent II, against the antipope. Afterward he returned to Germany to court of Emperor Lothar as advisor, at end of life, in failing health, St. Norbert was carried back to Magdeburg where he died. © LPi