In addition to Life in the Eucharist, the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing offers a wide variety of programs and resources centered on the Eucharist and eucharistic spirituality.
LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE―LITE TEENS
Based on the same set of themes and format found in the Life in the Eucharist―Sacramental Reflections. Teenagers are taught biblical and theological insights, and then helped to develop their own presentations, music, language, stories, and experiences. This adapted program of eucharistic evangelizing is presented to parish youth groups, confirmation classes, and Catholic high school classes.
EUCHARISTIC PARISH MISSION OR RENEWAL
Life in the Eucharist (LITE) can be adapted to be used as a parish mission, retreat, or a contemporary way of updating the Forty Hours Devotion or eucharistic adoration. The structure and content is developed in dialogue with the pastor and the pastoral staff.
APOSTLE OF THE EUCHARIST―
THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SAINT PETER JULIAN EYMARD
Throughout history, the Catholic Church has been blessed with outstanding men and women who were entrusted with a particular gift to enrich the life and mission of the church. This series is designed to introduce people to Saint Peter Julian Eymard and his mission of making the Eucharist known and loved in such a way as to transform individuals and society. Canonized at the Second Vatican Council, Saint Peter Julian Eymard is a saint for our times. His eucharistic vision continues to inspire people to live more deeply the love of God manifested in this sacrament. His feast day, on August 2, is on the universal calendar of the Catholic Church.
THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE EUCHARIST
This program presents a detail overview of Catholic theology and teachings on the Eucharist in relation to the Trinity, the saving act of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit, the mission of the church in the world, and the relationship between the Eucharist and the future that awaits us in heaven. Additionally, it explores the vision of a eucharistic spirituality that is reshaping the sacramental life of the church. The material is well suited for a parish day of renewal or for spiritual enrichment of parishioners in catechetical and liturgical ministries.
CELEBRATING A FAITH THAT DOES JUSTICE
When the Eucharist we celebrate fails to move us toward works of justice, it remains incomplete. Based on the words of Jesus, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 21:28), this workshop has participants consider the connection the Eucharist has to social justice. It views three dimensions of the Eucharist: 1. Caring: the movement from indifference to identification; 2, Sharing: the movement from isolation to communion; and 3. Daring: the movement from cynicism to hope. The themes offer spiritual enrichment to parishioners who desire to engage in eucharistic evangelizing.
COMMUNION WITH THE POOR
The Eucharist is food. It takes a hunger for God to realize that breaking the bread of Christ’s body and sharing the cup of his blood can open our eyes to see the hungry, the sick, and the oppressed at our door. The Eucharist is a food that requires faith to believe that what we do for our least sister or brother, we do for God. Christ takes bread as a sign of remembrance of his suffering and death, and says, “Do this in memory of me.” This time of shared faith and prayer is a call to seek a deeper communion with the suffering Christ in our midst.
DINE AND UNWIND WITH THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU
In an effort to link the celebration of the Mass with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, this series of monthly holy hours was created to show the link between the celebration of the Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Each session contains questions for private reflections, stories, an outline for a teaching on the theme, and a community dialogue prayer.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard saw the Eucharist as a means of renewal for the church and society. This day of renewal seeks to assist parishes in unifying their ministries, organizations, and activities in light of the celebration of the Eucharist and the call to go forth and evangelize. Through presentations and group sharing, the conversation deepens appreciation for what it means to belong to a faith community, made up of many differing parts, yet be united in a common purpose of making the presence of Christ known to others.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT PETER JULIAN EYMARD
Travel with members of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to France to visit the places and discover the history that shaped the life and vision of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist. The pilgrimage begins in Paris where the congregation was founded in 1856 and where the remains of Saint Peter Julian are enshrined. It will take you into the French Alps and the village of La Mure d’Isère and the home of Peter Julian. Time for communal prayer, quiet reflection, festive meals, and camaraderie make this an unforgettable experience.
LITURGY OF THE WORD, LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST,
LITURGY OF THE NEIGHBOR
This workshop explores the three rites that make up the Mass: the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Sending (Rite of Dismissal), where we are called to live out the Eucharist in service to our neighbors and the world around us.
TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD
This series consists of four presentations on worship in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. They include a period of catechetical instruction on prayer and a worship service that follows the teaching. Each session begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and ends with benediction. Topics are: “Worship the Lord with Praise and Thanksgiving”; “Mary, the Eucharist, and Eucharistic Payer”; “The Eymardian Way of Eucharistic Prayer—Praying the Four Ends”; and “Eucharistic Prayer as Lectio Divina.”
WRITTEN RESOURCE―THE MANNA SERIES
The Manna Series is a follow-up resource for the ongoing formation of communities and persons wishing to nurture and strengthen their eucharistic spirituality. Presented in three volumes: 1. Food for the Journey, 2. Bread from Heaven, and 3. Hope in the Desert. Each volume consists of twelve theological-spiritual reflections on the Eucharist and prayer. The Manna Series is an excellent resource for adult catechesis on the Eucharist and worship over a three-year period.