Tag: Eucharist

Addiction ministry centers on the power of the Eucharist

Addiction ministry centers on the power of the Eucharist

| Gina Christian | September 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

While belief in the Real Presence has declined sharply among American Catholics, one ministry is placing the Eucharist at the center of its expanded efforts to combat addiction.

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Jenky: Real Presence not ‘opinion,’ but ‘foundational’ to Catholic faith

Jenky: Real Presence not ‘opinion,’ but ‘foundational’ to Catholic faith

| Tom Dermody | September 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Acknowledging evidence that “for several generations” the Catholic Church has not sufficiently taught its core truths, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky has called for all ministries of the Diocese of Peoria to be “intentionally centered” on the Real Presence in the holy Eucharist.

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The Real Presence: What do Catholics believe and how Church can respond

The Real Presence: What do Catholics believe and how Church can respond

| August 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Do Catholics believe that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ?

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Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

| Deacon Gordon Bird | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Essential to any thriving business, team, organization or organism worth its salt is that they provide opportunities for continuous learning, development and growth. This also applies to the family.

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Reverence for the Eucharist

Reverence for the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Imagine for a moment a personal audience, not with the president, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a Nobel laureate or a highly acclaimed author — but with Jesus himself, the Son of God. What an awesome privilege. Nothing could be better. This privilege happens every time we are in the presence of the Eucharist or receive holy Communion. As we would hold a person of high stature in great esteem, all the more should we offer our utmost respect and reverence to Jesus in the Eucharist. There are ways to express that reverence:

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Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

| Tom Dermody | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As schools reopen and parishes gear up for religious education and RCIA classes, a new survey shockingly shows that many Catholics need to return to second grade, the year most of us received our first holy Communion. Before that most special day, we were taught repeatedly that we were about to receive not bread and wine, but Jesus — really, truly present in the sacrament.

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Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

| Greg Erlandson | August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend’s story.

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Pew survey shows majority of Catholics don’t believe in ‘Real Presence’

Pew survey shows majority of Catholics don’t believe in ‘Real Presence’

| Mark Pattison | August 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.

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The Eucharist as remembrance

The Eucharist as remembrance

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jesus asked his apostles and those who would follow to continue the eucharistic celebration that he began. Paul was the first to record the specific request that Jesus made. After Jesus took the bread and broke it, he said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in memory of me” (1 Cor 11:24). Likewise, after Jesus offered the cup he said, “Do this, as often as you drink it, in memory of me” (1 Cor 11:25).

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The Eucharist as sacrifice

The Eucharist as sacrifice

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist, in addition to being a meal, is also a sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Jn 1:29), and as the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the cross, he took upon himself the sins of us all (Is 53:6b).

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After offering instruction, pope gives first Communion to 245 children

After offering instruction, pope gives first Communion to 245 children

| Cindy Wooden | May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the Catholic heart of Bulgaria, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for 245 children receiving their first Communion and thanked them for helping him, their parents and grandparents remember their own first Communion.

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Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist is at the forefront of Holy Thursday. The Easter triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The liturgy commemorates the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus, the faithful receive the Eucharist during the Communion Rite, the Eucharist is carried in procession at the end of Mass as it is transferred, and the night concludes with eucharistic adoration.

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