Celebrating the Year of the Eucharist
From the Feast of Corpus Christi 2020 through Corpus Christi 2021, the Archdiocese of Boston will be celebrating a special Year of the Eucharist. Its focus is to give the faithful a deeper understanding of this sacrament and a greater devotion to it. Cardinal O'Malley has called for this special year in response to national polls that indicate that many Catholics do not understand the true nature of the sacrament or its great importance.
You can read the Cardinal's letter to gain an understanding of his goals and motivations.
Our observance of the Year of the Eucharist will begin on June 14 with a special Eucharistic Adoration to begin at 1:15 PM, Through the year, St. Cecilia's will provide a number of ways for parishioners to participate.
- Special Masses
- Eucharist Adoration
- Educational Sessions
- Parish Mission
- Witness Videos
- Social Events
- Archdiocesan Activities
We will commission Eucharistic Missionaries who are parishioners who commit to attending at least some of the Eucharistic Year activities, spreading the word to family and friends and praying for the success of our efforts. Hopefully everyone will be willing to make that small commitment.
Eucharistic Missionary sign-up: Use this registration form provided by the Archdiocese to sign up. Each Eucharistic Missionary will receive a special pin and prayer card.
Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit is Coming
The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles is coming to St. Cecilia’s. It was originally scheduled for November 7 and 8, but has been postponed to a later date that has not yet been determined. This large exhibit of information on 159 miracles associated with the Eucharist will be held in the Family Center main hall when it is rescheduled. We are very fortunate to be able to host this exhibit, which is part of our celebration of the Year of the Eucharist. The exhibit is free and should appeal to all ages.
A number of educational materials on the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the devotions that surround it are available.
- Q&A on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
- An interview on transubstantiation.
- Bishop Barron on the Real Presence.
- Rediscovering the Mass.
Year of the Eucharist Adoration Schedule
During this special year, St. Cecilia’s will have Eucharistic Adoration six days a week every week. Some will include congregational prayers and other will focus on silent individual prayer and reflection. The first will be Sunday the 14th (Corpus Christi) at 1:15 and will include special prayers for the beginning of the Eucharistic Year. You do not have to stay for the whole two hours. Our weekly schedule will be as follows:
Sunday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, except when baptisms are held, when it will start at 1:15
Monday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:45 am - 11:45 am
Note: Adoration will start at 1:15 on June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 23, and subsequently on the last Sunday of each month.
A number of presentation have been organized by the Archdiocese of Boston on various Eucharistic topics. Please see the Speaker Series page for details and to sign-up for online participation.