Resources for Invitation and Encouragement

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Archbishop Charles C. ThompsonI am pleased to share with you these resources for encouraging parishioners to return to the Eucharist with joy, Each of these very brief videos addresses a specific facet of what a gift and a privilege it is for us to attend Sunday Mass.

Please share these brief video clips far and wide, using every digital communication means at your disposal. The accompanying resources will also be useful for individual and small group prayer, reflection and discussion.

We have a great opportunity, at this time, to highlight the centrality of Mass, the Eucharist and all the sacraments in ways that engage the minds and hearts of the faithful--encouraging them to make Mass a top priority each and every weekend, I pray these resources will be helpful to you as you continue inviting your parishioners to return to the Eucharist with joy.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Charles C. Thompson, DD, JCL
Archbishop of Indianapolis


Videos

(Instructions for accessing subtitles in the language of your choosing appear at the bottom of this page.)

Sean Hussey


 

Discussion Questions:

What’s the connection between waiting for the coming of the Lord on the one hand and, on the other, the opportunity we have to celebrate Mass and receive the Eucharist each and every week?

Who has rescued you from sin and death, giving you hope of eternal life in heaven?  What does Sean say is our main opportunity to remember that we’ve been so rescued—thereby increasing our hope as well as our ability to live with patience and perseverance?

What’s the relationship between the Day of the Lord (Sunday) and the rest of the week?  How does receiving Jesus in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity (i.e. in the Eucharist) address the past week and prepare you for the week ahead?
 

More Resources:

"52 Sundays": A Guide to Reclaim the Lord's Day for Faith and Family

DIES DOMINI (by Pope Francis)

 

Sr. Nicolette Etienne


 

Discussion Questions:

It’s been said that if the Eucharist isn’t the Real Presence of Jesus, then what’s the point of going to Mass?  What’s your reaction to the flipped version of that statement—the true version:  Although the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus, what might keep me from getting to Mass each Sunday?

Take a moment to consider Catholics around the world who aren’t able to celebrate Mass weekly, for various reasons (distance, political oppression, natural disasters etc.).  How might Sister Nicolette’s example allow you to benefit these Eucharist-deprived disciples by your faithful attendance at Mass and reception of Jesus in Holy Communion?

The song Sister quotes says “No joy can be complete until at last I sit by your side.”  How does attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist allow you to sit at the side of Jesus in a unique and irreplaceable way?
 

More Resources:

New American Bible

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

 

Fr. Patrick Beidelman


 

Discussion Questions:

What sacrifice did Jesus make for you, so that you can have access to heaven?  When someone saves you from someone or something that’s potentially very terrible and harmful, what natural reaction or feeling arises in you toward that person—the one who saves you?

Because God is not bound by time and space, the one sacrifice of Jesus on the cross can be made present to us at Mass.  Imagine that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, or John, the apostle and Gospel-writer asked you to stand with them at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion of Jesus.  What is your reaction and reply?

How does the sacrifice of Jesus relate to our own suffering?  What’s the connection between the sacrifice of Jesus—made present at each Mass—and the offerings we can make to God our Father?
 

More Resources:

SALVIFICI DOLORIS (by Pope John Paul II)

 

Ken Ogorek


 

Discussion Questions:

Recall one or more banquet-like experiences in your life.  What was the general mood or tone of the event?  How would you describe the joy level in the room?  Why might Mass—especially the Eucharist—be described as a banquet?

Knowing what research says about the relationship between less at-risk behavior and frequent family meals, why do you think that Holy Mother Church emphasizes the importance of celebrating the Eucharistic banquet—Mass—each and every Sunday?

If a weekend starts around 5pm Friday and ends at midnight on Sunday, Mass takes up about 1.8% of a typical weekend.  On a scale of one to ten—ten being simple and one being impossible—how easy would it be for you to spend 2% of your weekend participating in the Eucharistic banquet (celebrating Mass)?
 

More Resources:

New American Bible: John, Chapter 6

 

Two more videos are coming soon!


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

You love us and desire our happiness.

You give us the privilege and gift
of worshipping you at Holy Mass;
of experiencing the Holy Spirit
in a unique and irreplaceable way;
of receiving Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.

As we return to the Eucharist with joy
renew in us a deep appreciation
of the privileged opportunity
that each celebration of Mass
presents for us all.

May the seeds of mercy, hope and salvation
take root and flourish in our hearts and communities,
nourished by our Lord Jesus
present to us in the Most Holy Eucharist.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Oración

Padre celestial,

Nos amas y deseas nuestra felicidad.

Nos das el privilegio y el regalo
de adorarte en la Santa Misa;
de experimentar el Espíritu Santo
de forma única e insustituible;
de recibir a Jesús en la Santísima Eucaristía.

Al regresar a la Eucaristía con alegría
renueva en nosotros un profundo agradecimiento
de la oportunidad privilegiada
que cada celebración de la Misa
presenta todos nosotros.

Que las semillas de la misericordia, la esperanza y la salvación
echen raíces y florezcan en nuestros corazones y comunidades,
alimentado por nuestro Señor Jesús
presente a nosotros en la Santísima Eucaristía.

Por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.


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