A Pew study from 2019 reported that less than 30% of Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Even more disconcerting, that study reported that 22% of Catholics said that while they understood the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist, they don’t believe it.
To repair the broken faith in the Eucharist in our Catholic Church today, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have begun a three-year initiative called the National Eucharistic Revival to enliven our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist throughout the country. Each diocese, and parishes within those dioceses, are planning liturgies, missions, programs, and events to help educate and evangelize Catholics on the very source and summit of our faith.
To get connected to the National Eucharistic Revival, please visit the Archdiocesan webpage on the Revival as well as the website for the National Eucharistic Revival to see the overall timeline and other resources.
Here at the Cathedral, we’re going to be offering a study on the Eucharist called Presence. Presence is a program from FORMED which explores the truth and beauty of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. Presence will be offered in the place of our weekly Bible Study during the month of October, starting on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023. We will be having a session from 1-2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon and a session from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday evening each week of October. For more information or if you’d like to register, please contact Jenna Slotnick at [email protected] or 503.770.4791. If you cannot attend the Wednesday programs, you can also access Presence through our parish subscription to FORMED. You can find instructions to sign up to FORMED on our website HERE.