Celebrating the Year of the Eucharist
From the Feast of Corpus Christi 2020 through Corpus Christi 2022, 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 began on June 14th, 2020 with a special Eucharistic Adoration 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.
The Archdiocese is holding a Eucharistic Congress on April 14, 2022 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. It will feature a Mass with Cardinal O'Malley, and speakers including well-known writer Bishop Barron. Register at the Archdiocesan website for the event. The price is $39 per person until April 14. After that, the tickets go up to $49. We hope to have good participation from St. Cecilia Parish.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and we should try to understand it as deeply as we can. With that in mind, St. Cecilia’s is offering a series of four informal one hour class sessions in the Family Center during the season of Lent in 2022. The schedule is:
March 8 - The Basic Teachings About the Eucharist
March 15 – Eucharistic Devotions
March 29– The Saints and the Eucharist
April 5 – The Eucharistic Prayers in the Mass
Come to all the sessions or as many as you can. They will make an excellent addition to your spiritual observance of Lent.
Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit is Coming
The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles is coming to St. Cecilia’s. It will be held on October 23 and 24, 2021. This large exhibit of information on 159 miracles associated with the Eucharist will be held in the Family Center main hall. 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.