“My flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:51)

“We want everyone to encounter the love of Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist and to experience the life-changing effects of that love.” – U.S. bishops

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The Church in the United States is in the midst of a National Eucharistic Revival, the overarching goal of which is renewing the Catholic Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Called for by the bishops of the U.S., the Eucharistic Revival is an opportunity for Catholics across the U.S. to be healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.” The revival kicked off on Corpus Christi Sunday 2022 and hundreds of dioceses and parishes nationwide held events to mark the opening year.

News & Updates:

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Tagle as special envoy to Eucharistic Congress (USCCB, May 18, 2024)

Read the latest news about the Eucharistic Congress (CNA)

The National Eucharistic Revival has a three-year focus for formation and missionary discipleship beginning at the grassroots level in individual parishes and dioceses along with other Catholic institutions:

Year One (June 2022-June 2023) was the Year of Diocesan Revival in which U.S. bishops respond to the Lord’s personal invitation and empower their presbyterates and parish leaders to host events with a Eucharistic focus. 

Year Two (June 2023-June 2024) is the Year of Parish Revival which opened on Corpus Christi Sunday 2023. The call to action during Year Two is for individual pastors to engage their staff and parishioners with community-specific activities and events such as catechetical formation on the Real Presence of Christ, opportunities to better understand and enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery through the celebration of the Mass, and extended opportunities for Adoration and Reconciliation, and

Year Three is the Year of the National Eucharistic Congress and Missionary Sending and commences with a National Eucharistic Congress set to take place July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Happening in Parishes

Grand Rapids

Cathedral of Saint Andrew
Mass and procession in observance of the solemnity of Corpus Christi.
June 7, 6 p.m. Mass followed by procession. All are welcome!

Cedar Springs

St. John Paul II Parish
Solemn Holy Hour – Second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. Together with the entire community of faith we acknowledge Christ’s marvelous presence in the sacrament and cultivate deeper communion with him. Stay afterward for light refreshment and fellowship. (Also offered at Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, Sand Lake) See flyer for details.

Holland

Our Lady of the Lake Parish
Encounter Nights at OLL will take place throughout the 2023–2024 year. All ages are invited—we want everyone there, especially at the Encounter Night with the choir! Each night will have two parts: a holy hour and a social hour. Contact the parish for details.

Additional opportunities:
Adoration every Thursday and first Friday of the month
Advent Retreat – Dec. 3, 12 – 3 p.m.

Sand Lake

Mary Queen of Apostles Parish
Solemn Holy Hour – Second Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. Together with the entire community of faith we acknowledge Christ’s marvelous presence in the sacrament and cultivate deeper communion with him. Stay afterward for light refreshment and fellowship. (Also offered at St. John Paul II Parish, Cedar Springs) See flyer for details.

Adoration times in our parishes

If you don’t see your parish’s events shown above, or adoration times listed in the schedule linked above, or if they are listed incorrectly, please email [email protected].

National Eucharistic Revival Resources

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage – Walking coast-to-coast with our eucharistic Lord

An adventure that all Catholics can do together, either by interior disposition or physical accompaniment. Leading up to the Eucharistic Congress in 2024, pilgrims from the north, south, east and west of the United States will travel along four specific routes from May through July. Their journeys will culminate in Indianapolis, Indiana for the National Eucharistic Congress. Learn more.

For younger Catholics

Videos and clips for younger Catholics to learn more about what Catholics believe about the Eucharist.

2024 National Eucharistic Congress

The three-year Eucharistic Revival will culminate in the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana July 17-21, 2024. Almost a hundred thousand Catholics will join together in Indianapolis for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage toward the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith and you can be one of them!

Registration for the Congress is now open. View details, including pass options and pricing through the Congress website.

National Eucharistic Revival
Learn more

Overview of Diocesan Events held during Year One of the Revival

June 11, 2023: Corpus Christi celebrations in parishes
June 10, 2023: Into the Mystery: A Day of Eucharistic Renewal, Unity and Adventure
February 20, 2023:  Hearken unto the Mystery: A Eucharistic Hymn Festival
December 13, 2022: Behold the Mystery-Contempla el Misterio

Sunday, June 19, 2022:
It was a great turnout and a beautiful day for the diocesan Eucharistic procession which began the multi-year Eucharistic Revival on Sunday, June 19, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

View Procession Photos (Flickr)

Questions? Contact Aaron Sanders, director of the diocesan office for worship, [email protected].

Para obtener detalles adicionales, comuníquese con Aaron Sanders, director de la oficina diocesana de adoración, [email protected].

News & Updates

Eucharistic revival called ‘a movement’ that gets to core of Catholic faith (CNS)
National Eucharistic Revival: What you need to know (CNA)

Meet the diocesan Eucharistic Revival Committee:

Front row (from left):
Sister Anna Rose Kalinowski, FSE, Business Administrator – Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell/Grand Rapids
Carla Niziolek, Director of Discipleship – Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Holland
Mallory Root, Owner – Roots Brew Shop, and parishioner, Basilica of St. Adalbert Parish, Grand Rapids
Rev. Eugene Batungbacal, CSsR, diocesan Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry – Hispanic Ministry
Katie Mendenhall, Director of Faith Formation and Ministries – St. John Paul II Parish, Cedar Springs

Back row (from left):
Rev. Peter Damian, Pastor – St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Grand Rapids
Daniel Allen, Pastoral Associate – St. Sebastian Parish, Byron Center
DJ Florian, diocesan Director – Pastoral Services
Aaron Sanders, diocesan Director – Office for Worship
Deacon Gerald Roersma, diocesan Director – Permanent Diaconate Formation

Not pictured: Rev. Lam Le, Pastor – St. John Paul II Parish, Cedar Springs, and Mary, Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake; and diocesan Director, Continuing Formation for Priests

Resources

Draw close to Jesus – Sister Alicia Torres, FE (YouTube)
11 men and women of the Eucharist (Our Sunday Visitor)

A Mystery to Be Believed with Sister Mary Kay Oosdyke, OP, at the Catholic Information Center
Held June 9 – Watch video

Considering Catholicism Podcast (Facebook):
Episode 36: Making the Eucharist Matter Again
Episode 37: Why is the Eucharist So Important to Catholics?
Episode 41: The Eucharist, Scripture and Suppers
Episode 42: The Eucharist and the Metaphysics of the Mass
Episode 43: The Miracle of Consecration

From the USCCB:
Eucharistic Devotion: The importance of Eucharistic Adoration (USCCB)
Church teaching on the Eucharist (USCCB)
Read: U.S. bishops publish document “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church”