April 8, 2005

Archdiocese to celebrate Year of the Eucharist
on June 12

By Sean Gallagher

We are living in the middle of the Year of the Eucharist, a year in which Pope John Paul II invited the entire Church to enter more deeply into the great mystery of Jesus revealing himself to us in the breaking of the bread.

Catholics throughout the archdiocese will be able to do this together on June 12 at Victory Field in Indianapolis during “The Year of the Eucharist: Celebrating the Body of Christ.” The event will begin at 3 p.m.

During this event, there will be a eucharistic procession led by Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein. Boys and girls from parishes across the archdiocese, who will have recently received their First Communion, will also be featured.

Attention will also be given to the
nearly 75 parishes in the archdiocese that participated in the Disciples in Mission evangelization program.

Karen Oddi, archdiocesan evangelization coordinator, said that honoring those who took part in Disciples in Mission is appropriate during this event.

“It re-emphasizes the baptismal call of putting on Christ,” Oddi said. “The experience of the Eucharist is a constant reinforcement of our capacity to put on Christ and to be Christ for others. And I see that that carries over into intentional and unintentional evangelization.”

The eucharistic procession, which is the centerpiece of the archdiocese’s celebration of “The Year of the Eucharist: Celebrating the Body of Christ,” will conclude with Benediction.

Festive music provided by various groups of Catholics from around the archdiocese will follow the prayer service. †

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