The U.S. Bishops have called on the Church in the United States to engage in a three-year process of Eucharistic Renewal, largely in response to a growing awareness that many Catholics are not well catechized in the meaning of the Eucharist and the proper disposition for receiving the Eucharist. Bishop Peter is asking that all parishes, beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, offer to their parishioners an hour of Eucharistic Adoration on a weekly basis. Parishes are being asked to provide this time for Adoration “that will benefit our journey as Catholics, deepening our faith as the Pope has invited us to do,” the Bishop said. The first year, the Bishop noted, is primarily a year of encounter.
“It’s time that we come back to a deep encounter with our Lord,” the Bishop said. “It’s time we listen to what He speaks to our hearts as we desire that He direct our lives at this confusing time for our world. It is time we discern what is being asked of us as we move forward on a path that gives purpose and meaning to our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. The time is now, and the time is right,” the Bishop concluded.
Excerpted from the Idaho Catholic Register, October 22, 2021