Archbishop Aymond has proclaimed that on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will begin a year dedicated to the Eucharist. This “Year of the Eucharist” has been enacted in response to what everyone has experienced because of the pandemic. As a people of faith, we have experienced “the stay-at-home mandate” which kept us away from gathering for the celebration of the Mass. Even after this mandate was lifted, there were restrictions place on how many people could assemble inside the church for the celebration of the Mass. Besides these factors, many have chosen to stay at home for their own safety because that are in the “high risk” category of potentially acquiring the Covid-19 virus.
Therefore, considering all these circumstances and the fact that many were hungering for the Eucharist, Archbishop Aymond discerned that this present opportunity was ideal for the Church to dedicate this year to prayer, reflection and study of the Eucharist and the Celebration of the Mass.
Remember, the Eucharist is the very center of our Catholic Faith. When we gather to celebrate the Mass, it is that special opportunity that we possess to come into the real presence of Christ, in our Eucharist.
One of the purposes of the Year of the Eucharist will be to explain the meaning of the Mass. Also, to help us understand the meaning and the significance of the Real Presence of Christ in theEucharist, and why as Catholics we hold the reception of the Eucharist to be a sacred moment in our life.
There is another important aspect to this year dedicated to the Eucharist, and that is to truly understand the importance of our obligation to Celebrate Mass on Sunday. This obligation is to encourage us to be fed weekly by the Word of God in Scriptures and to celebrate the Eucharist and received the Body and Blood of Christ at Communion.This year of the Eucharist is a special time of grace for all of us, as together we grow in our appreciation of the importance of the Eucharist in our daily life..
Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.