By Fr. Michael Acquah

This July, the National Eucharistic Revival reaches its pivotal stage with a Eucharistic Congress. Catholics from across the country are expected to gather in Indiana for a spirit-filled, enthusiastic celebration. This climatic celebration of a National Eucharistic Congress follows over a year of teachings, studies, and celebrations focused on Jesus and the Eucharist on the local parish and diocesan levels. Des Moines Diocese had our Eucharistic procession the past week June 23-25 from Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Imogene and Shenandoah.

The Eucharistic Revival is envisioned as a catalyst to bring back the cherished traditions when Catholics deeply valued the Holy Communion. We invite you, as integral members of the Eucharistic community, to join in every Eucharistic celebration and receive it with reverence. Let us strive to plan our family life around the Sunday Mass, and make time to adore the Lord in the in the Blessed Sacrament. We, in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, have increased the number of days for adoration. Let us not allow ourselves to be distracted by the many competing “goods” of the world, and let our reverence for Jesus in the Eucharist guide our actions.

Indeed, this is a good time to be Catholic and not to be afraid of what others may say to discourage you. It is also a time to give attention to the Eucharistic faith and community we have for support.

All these efforts are geared towards the restoration and celebration of Our Incredible One Catholic Spirit as people who are baptized and sent.