Browsing Fr. Poggemeyer's Weekly Letter

May 21, 2023


Dear Parishioners,

On the Feast of Corpus Christi 2022, the National Eucharistic Revival began in the United States, led by our Bishops. You can learn all about it at https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/. This first year was the diocesan level for revival. You remember there were a number of evenings of Eucharistic adoration planned around the Diocese, with Bishop Thomas presiding.

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 11, 2023 begins the parish level of the revival. This year, I am hoping to do a better job of keeping us in sync with this revival at the parish level. We already put in a lot of effort at our parish: trying to celebrate the Mass as beautifully as possible, having evenings of Eucharistic adoration with Jesus by Candlelight, preaching about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, etc. But I am sure there will be more to gain by following the National Eucharistic Revival more closely this year.

With that in mind, I am seeking somebody from the parish who would be willing to be our parish liaison to help keep the parish connected with this revival. That person will be in touch with the diocesan liaison, but actually can be in touch directly with the revival by means of this website link: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/parish-point-person-recruitment. The remuneration for this amazing work? – infinite heavenly rewards for you personally, and for our parish! This person will be a good communicator, a good organizer, and have skills with social media and basic software for flyers and documents.

The two years of preparation (diocesan level and parish level) culminate in the National Eucharistic Congress scheduled July 17-21, 2024 in Indianapolis. I want to reserve rooms for that Congress as soon as possible. I learned recently that they have 25,000 people registered already, but they have a capacity for 75,000, which should easily fill up in the months of parish revival. I hope we can take a group of at least 20 people from our parish to attend with me. [For the good hotels, we want to sign up ASAP for the Congress!] The National Eucharistic Congress simultaneously begins a year of Eucharistic outreach, the third and final year of the National Eucharistic Revival.

On another note, I am looking for somebody to take notes for our Finance Council meetings every other month of the year, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. The council meetings usually last an hour and a half. No professional financial experience is required, so long as there is a capacity to handle the financial domain of language for the sake of the notes. Annie Cassidy has been doing this for some years now, and her term is ending. I am sure she would be willing to answer any questions for anybody interested in volunteering for this position for a three-year term. Deb Brickner or I would also be very eager to answer any questions a potential candidate might have.

Have a blessed week!

In cordibus Iesu, Mariae et Iosephus,

Father Poggemeyer


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