Spiritual renewal begins with a profound and personal authentic encounter with Jesus Christ. This encounter—which can occur through any event, person, prayer or circumstance in which Jesus reveals his presence—is deepened and fulfilled in the Eucharist.
As Cardinal Cupich reminds us, “In the gift of the Eucharist, Jesus left his disciples with a way to enter into the mystery of his life, death and resurrection.” The following resources are offered to help individuals and parish communities enter into that mystery, drawing closer to Christ in the Eucharist and living from it as missionary disciples.
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO PRESENTS – REMAIN IN ME
Perfect for both parish-wide gatherings and small group faith dialogue, the Remain in Me series helps facilitate a process of encounter, understanding, and response to Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist. Based on Cardinal Cupich’s Take, Bless, Break, Share: A Strategy for Eucharistic Revival, each reflection session unpacks one of five central themes of our sacramental and liturgical lives through engaging video content, Scripture, prayer, individual reflection, small group discussion and personal testimony.
Remain in Me
- Session One: The Imperative of Worship | Handout
- Session Two: The Eucharist as a Matter of Life and Death | Handout
- Session Three: The Eucharist as a Summons to Participation | Handout
- Session Four: From the Sacrifice of Jesus to Sacrificial Living | Handout
- Session Five: The Eucharist Is the Sacrament of the Lord’s Abiding Presence | Handout
This facilitator’s guide is available to help parish leaders and volunteers use Remain in Me in your parish, this series tutorial recording from the Office of Lifelong Formation walks through the facilitator guide and the format of the presentations.
“The starting point for the renewal envisioned by the council was the promotion of the full, active and conscious participation of all the baptized in the full breadth of church life, including the liturgy.” – Cardinal Blase Cupich
The invitation to re-encounter, renew and recommit to our liturgical journey with Christ was inaugurated by the Second Vatican Council and continues to unfold today. Explore the roots of revival and the call to liturgical formation using the resources below.
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council
- Apostolic Letter on the Liturgical Formation of the People of God by Pope Francis
- Greeting from His Holiness Pope Francis to the Organizing Committee of the National Eucharistic Congress
- Recovering the connection between the Resurrection and the Eucharist – Address by Cardinal Blase Cupich
- Evangelization and creating a personal relationship with Jesus – Address by Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa
- A Eucharistic Revival that Renews the Church series by Cardinal Blase Cupich (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V)
Further Resources from Liturgy Training Publications
- A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council
- Imbued with the Spirit of the Liturgy: Ten Insights from Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
- Bread of Life: Exploring the Presence of Eucharist in Our Lives
- Great Is the Mystery: Encountering the Formational Power of Liturgy
- From Mass to Mission: Understanding the Mass and Its Significance for Our Christian Life
“In the Catholic tradition, the Eucharist is the central act of worship that sustains the life of faith.” – Cardinal Blase Cupich
- Draw Near: A Video Guide to the Catholic Mass
- Eucharistic Procession Guidebook from the Knights of Columbus
- Bread of Heaven: What Is the Eucharist? (Video)
- Holy Hour Booklet for Catechists (English | Spanish) – Scripture and Communion
- Holy Hour Booklet for Catechists (English | Spanish) – Based on The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church
- Why Mass? Jesus Is Our Bread of Life (Video)
- Elements of the Catholic Mass – What is Active Participation in the Mass? (Video)
- The Mystery of Faith: A Study of the Structural Elements of the Order of Mass (book) (English | Spanish)
- Our Sacrifice of Praise / Nuestro Sacrificio de Alabanza (book)
“Any Eucharistic revival, supported by formation and catechesis, must have a strong biblical base in the words and actions of Jesus.” – Cardinal Blase Cupich
- An Introduction to the Mass
- Preparing for Mass and Holy Communion as a Family
- Preparing for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ as a Family
- The Story of The Road to Emmaus | Minute Gospel Reflections for Kids
- Holy Kids: Eucharist Series | The Last Supper
- Catholic Kids Media - What is "Real Presence"?
- Jesus is Alive Lesson: Grades PreK-4
- The Offering of One Holy Mass
- Mass Reflection Sheet Graphic Organizer
- Catholic Sunday Connection
- Growing Up Catholic Eucharistic Revival Project
“The sacrifice of Jesus encountered in the Eucharist is both the model for our lives and also what enables our self-sacrificing love.” – Cardinal Blase Cupich
- The Eucharistic Liturgy: Formed, Transformed, and Sent from the USCCB ( English | Spanish)
- The Eucharist and Social Mission from the USCCB ( English | Spanish)
- Greeting of Pope Francis to Organizing Committee of the National Eucharistic Congress
- The Eucharist: School of Charity and Solidarity reflection by Pope Francis
- CST 101 | Solidarity, from Catholic Relief Services (Video)
- The Eucharist Makes It Easier to Love People, a reflection by Fr. Connor Danstrom (Video)
- When Eternal Life Takes Root in Us (Video and Reflection)
- Holy Hour Against Racism from the USCCB
- Holy Hour for Peace from the USCCB
More resources on the Eucharist and Mission are available from the USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development here.
The National Eucharistic Revival website provides resources for parishes and individuals to learn, lead and get involved in the revival movement. Discover more using the links below.
- Mission, Vision and Timeline
- National Eucharistic Revival Blog
- Catechetical Resources for Children, Youth and Adults
- Get Involved: How Will You Respond?
- Learn: Free Resources to Dive Deeper
- Encounter Nights (English | Spanish)
- Sign Up for the Heart of Revival Newsletter
- Submit Your Eucharistic Testimony