Reminder on Parish Eucharist Mission

The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane has published a reminder and a set of guidelines on the Parish Eucharist Mission that the Australian Bishops encouraged local communities to celebrate in the weeks leading up to Sunday 29 May's Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

Education Officer Elizabeth Harrington writes in this week's Liturgy Lines column on the Commission's website that the Australian Bishops responded late last year to Pope John Paul II's 'Year of the Eucharist' invitation, by offering the program "Sunday: Sacrament of Easter" as a resource for reflecting on the Eucharist during the Sundays of Easter.

The bishops also proposed that parishes consider holding a Eucharist Mission during the week leading up to the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The aim is to enable communities to focus on their celebration of the Eucharist and encourage devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Ms Harrington says that the suggested focus for the celebration of Sunday Mass on the first day of the Eucharist Mission, Trinity Sunday on 22 May, is Baptism and Eucharist. Baptism initiates us into the Church, the Body of Christ, which celebrates Eucharist.

"The bishops call for good Eucharistic practice to be reinforced on this day: full, active participation by all, communion from the cup, communion from the altar and communion from hosts of that Mass," she said.

"It is suggested that pastors use the period from Trinity Sunday to the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord as a time to initiate improvements in the celebration of the Eucharist at weekday Masses," advised Ms Harrington. "These include providing a brief homily, taking time for silence, preparing intercessions, offering communion from the cup, and providing singing for the Mass, including its parts."

The core of the proposed Parish Eucharist Mission is a celebration of Evening Prayer and a talk on the Eucharist each evening during the week. These may be offered Monday to Friday at parish level or move around a deanery as stational liturgies. These could include ecumenical events, with invitations extended to other local churches.

The Bishops have made material available on the Conference website.

Parish Eucharist Mission (Liturgy Lines, Liturgical Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 1/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Year of the Eucharist (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) | Trinity Sunday to Feast of Body and Blood of Christ (PDF)
Liturgical Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Year of the Eucharist (Church Resources)

5 May 2005