Associates Ongoing Formation

Welcome to the Ongoing Formation Page. On this page you will find numerous resources to deepen your eucharistic spirituality and connect you to Blessed Sacrament Associates across the country. The material here is updated regularly to reflect the life of the Associates today.

Current News
The Coronavirus has affected our lives in so many ways. As a people dedicated to the Eucharist we find ourselves asking, “Where is God in this now?” and “How do we practice communion and social distancing?” Members of the Eymardian family from across the country are offering their creative thoughts, ideas, prayers and liturgical resources below. Please join the conversation and help us Be Eucharist to each other and our world.

Liturgy

Reflections

Holy Hour

Aids/Resources

Eucharistic Reflection 3-29-2020 from Emmanuel Art on Vimeo.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from Emmanuel Art on Vimeo.

Liturgy

Saint Paschal Baylon – Highland Heights Ohio

Mass for 5th Sunday of Lent [pre-recorded]
Mass for 4th Sunday of Lent [pre-recorded]

Corpus Christi Church – Houston Texas
Live Streaming – Transmisión en Vivo

Streamed live every Sunday: 10:00 am Mass (central time) in English, followed by a noon Mass (central time) in Spanish.

Transmisión en vivo todos los domingos: Misa en inglés a las 10:00 a.m. (hora de la zona central CST), seguida de Misa en español a las 12:00 p.m. (hora de la zona central CST).

Reflections

Coronavirus, the Cup and Cancellations by Fr. John Christman
Some eucharistic challenges and graces of the present moment

Replies to our invitation to share a thought or a reflection on the article by Fr. John Christman, SSS, “Coronavirus, the Cup, and Cancellations” from members of our Eymardian Family in the Province of St. Ann.

 

March 27
Mary Muehle
Associate of the Blessed Sacrament – St Paschal Baylon Church – Highland Hts OH

Giving up chocolate would have been so much easier!
Never in my wildest imagination would I have ever thought I would give up Mass for Lent.  And yet, that is in reality on what has happened.  If we reflect on Lenten practices—whatever we choose—we are reminded that what is given up should be replaced by something good or better or that enhances our faith and commitment.  How can that be possible if participating in the Eucharist is what has been given up?  …READ MORE

March 27
Patrick Riley
Associate of the Blessed Sacrament – St Paschal Baylon Church – Highland Hts OH

The presence of Jesus in all the mobile monstrances
Fr. Christman, SSS, wrote his reflection Coronavirus, the Cup, and Cancellations on March 19. It was clear that we are living in very fluid times. I am writing this reflection a week later and much has changed again. Over half the US population is now under mandatory lockdown.  On March 18, there were 7,000 diagnosed cases of coronavirus in the US, with 141 deaths,  Today the United States surpassed China in the number of diagnosed cases with 87,400 and 1,170 deaths.  We are told that the peak of the virus is yet 3 or 4 weeks in the future and hospitals across the country bewail the fact that they will not have sufficient beds, ventilators or enough masks, gowns, gloves and other protective gear for doctors and nurses.  …READ MORE

March 20
Mary Muehle
Associate of the Blessed Sacrament – St Paschal Baylon Church – Highland Hts OH

The article is terrific.  Very thought provoking and comprehensive. So glad to read it.  Perhaps doing an article on being a mystic might be very helpful.  It is a scary word for many folks and deemed out of reach for us commoners! Some insights or just listing a few practices or examples of how we can settle into God’s presence might be helpful.  Perhaps something on how to turn loneliness into solitude and the impact that can have.

March 21
Michele Wales
Associate of the Blessed Sacrament – St Stephen Catholic Community – Winter Springs FL

I want to thank you for sharing the article by Father Christman, and appreciate your efforts to find ways to build deeper connections among the Associates community.  We have a strong Associates community here at St. Stephen Church in Winter Springs, FL, but it is important to feel connected to our larger community of associates as well.  …READ MORE

Holy Hour

Pope Francis Universal Prayer for Christians-March 27, 2020
The Urbi et orbi, or “city and the world,” blessing is delivered on certain solemn occasions.

Aids/Resources

Sunshine on my Shoulder by Jim Brown
Seeing all of reality in the light of the Eucharist….seeing this reality in the light of the Eucharist

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Homily delivered on March 15, 2020 by Fr. George Dunne, SSS, at St. Stephen Church in Winter Springs, FL. Fr. George is the director of the Associates of the Blessed Sacrament at SSC:
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Note to Associates from Fr Anthony Schueller-March 22, 2020

Note to Associates from Jim Brown-March 19, 2020

Rule of Life for Associates – online

Province of Saints Peter and Paul, Great Britain and Ireland
Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament – Eucharistic Video Gallery

Emmanuel Magazine Subscription Offer for Associates