Feast of Corpus Christi 2020 – Feast of Corpus Christi 2022
“And behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.”

Pope St. John Paul II wrote these words in 2003 to express the truth that the making of the Church is not of human origin. When the faithful gather around the altar for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass they are drawn by and for the Eucharist and become, not a social club, but the Church. It is the Eucharist, the Real Presence—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity—of Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament that makes us who we are as a body. The Church is a Communion. We are what we do. Faith in and participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is why we do all that we do in this pilgrimage of life. In the Eucharist we find the source and summit of our faith, our hope and our love as Catholics.

Resources for this Extraordinary Year

The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church: United States Bishops

Papal Encyclical on the Eucharist: Pope St. John Paul II

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit of Venerable Carlo Acutis

Thomas Merton and the Body of Christ

Spiritual Exercises for the Year of the Eucharist

The Eucharist Heals Memory: Pope Francis

Renew Your Amazement of the Eucharist: Pope Francis

One Great Act of Fidelity

The Sacrament of Charity: Pope Benedict XVI

Consideration on the Real Presence: Rev. John Ferraro

Rediscovering the Reality of the Eucharist by George Weigel

Rediscovering Eucharistic Amazement by George Weigel

The Eucharist and Forgiveness by Pope Francis

Mane nobiscum domine: Apostolic Letter of Pope St. John Paul II for the Year of the Eucharist