Answer Christ’s Call: Proclaim His Eucharistic Love to the World!
The Eucharist is the very sacrifice of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ which he instituted to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until his return in glory. Thus, he entrusted to his Church this memorial of his death and Resurrection. It is a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet, in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
Compendium, 271, CCC1322-1323; 1409
Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way. He is present in a true, real and substantial way, with his Body and his Blood, with his Soul and his Divinity. In the Eucharist, therefore, there is present in a sacramental way, that is, under the Eucharistic species of bread and wine, Christ whole and entire, God and Man.
Compendium, 282, CCC1373-1375; 1413
Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbor. It strengthens us in charity, wipes away venial sins, and preserves us from mortal sin in the future.
Compendium, 292, CCC1391-1397; 1416
It is the source and summit of all Christian life. In the Eucharist, the sanctifying action of God in our regard and our worship of him reach their high point. It contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, Christ himself, our Pasch.
Compendium, 273, CCC1337-1340; 1365, 1406
The Eucharist…makes present and actual the sacrifice which Christ offered to the Father on the cross once and for all on behalf of mankind. … The sacrifice of the cross and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one and the same sacrifice. The priest and the victim are the same; only the manner of offering is different: in a bloody manner on the cross, in an unbloody manner in the Eucharist.
Compendium, 280, CCC1362-1367
Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday “the night when he was betrayed” (1 Cor. 11:23), as He celebrated the Last Supper with His Apostles.
After he had gathered with his Apostles in the Cenacle, Jesus took bread in his hands. He broke it and gave it to them saying, “Take this and eat it, all of you; this is my Body which will be given up for you.” Then, he took the cup of wine in his hands and said, “Take this and drink of this, all of you. This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.”
The Eucharist is a memorial in the sense that it makes present and actual the sacrifice which Christ offered to the Father on the cross, once and for all on behalf of mankind. The sacrificial character of the Holy Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution, “This is my body which is given for you” and “This cup is the New Covenant in my Blood that will be shed for you” (Luke 22:19-20). The sacrifice of the cross and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one and the same sacrifice. The priest and the victim are the same; only the manner of offering is different: in a bloody manner on the cross, in an unbloody manner in the Eucharist.
The Holy Eucharist is the paschal banquet in as much as Christ sacramentally makes present his Passover and gives us his Body and Blood, offered as food and drink, uniting us to himself and to one another in his sacrifice.
The Eucharist is a pledge of future glory because it fills us with every grace and heavenly blessing. It fortifies us for our pilgrimage in this life and makes us long for eternal life. It unites us already to Christ seated at the right hand of the Father, to the Church in heaven and to the Blessed Virgin and all the saints.
Transubstantiation means the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of his Blood. This change is brought about in the eucharistic prayer through the efficacy of the word of Christ and by the action of the Holy Spirit. However, the outward characteristics of bread and wine, that is the “eucharistic species,” remain unaltered.
in the Eucharist!
The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church, #5
“The Lord accompanies us in many ways, but none as profound as when we encounter him in the Eucharist.”
We are created to be with Jesus. The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God… (CCC27). Jesus is present in the Eucharist in His totality. All that He is…is here! And He calls us to an encounter with Him in the Eucharist, His Sacrament of Love! (Dominicae Cenae).
It’s time to answer Christ’s call!
In response to Christ’s call, on Corpus Christi, 2022, America’s Bishops inaugurated a National Eucharistic Revival to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Madison Diocese joins this national revival with its own Congress.
So, mark your calendar for our first-ever, Madison Diocesan Eucharistic Congress–a joy-filled, spiritual weekend dedicated entirely to Jesus’ eucharistic glory and to our encounter with Christ. Come to all three days for a Eucharistic Retreat of faith, fellowship, and family!
In appreciation: We thank Deacon Scholbrock for designing the beautiful Congress logo (shown below). It reflects Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the Cross for our redemption and our share in His divine life. It brings us into the reality of His true presence–Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity–in the Holy Eucharist. Finally, it shows our love for Jesus as we approach Him in both Communion and in Adoration.
Come to the Madison
Diocesan Eucharistic Congress!
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023
St. John the Baptist, 209 S. St., Waunakee
Pre-register! No registration cost!
Spread the Word!
Print out a Eucharistic Congress flyer for yourself. Then, print more for your friends.
Two versions, languages, and sizes
Eucharistic Congress Information
Guide: English Spanish
Schedule: English Spanish
Adore Jesus in Your Local Parish!
Photos by Joe Ptak
Locations / Adoration guide / Lectio Divina / Mysteries & truths
Bishop Hying Introduces
the Eucharistic Revival.
God’s Presence Brings
Peace, Awe, and Humility.
Eucharist, Source of
Our Healing and Hope!
The Eucharist Transforms.
Art Helps Us to See Truth.
The Eucharist is God’s
desire for union with us.
Adoro Te Devote Hymn
God makes His presence
known to those who love Him.
O Salutaris Hostia Hymn
By faith, we enter into our
Lord’s Eucharistic hiddenness.
The Bread of Life Discourse
We are partakers
of the divine
life in the Eucharist
intensifies God’s Indwelling
Music’s Beauty Lifts Souls to Jesus!
Ubi Caritas: setting by Maurice Durufle
After hearing a Bach cantata, Pope Benedict XVI said, “In hearing this, one understands…the beauty that irresistibly expresses the presence of God’s truth.” We experience that same movement of soul when we hear, Ubi Caritas, a 9th century Gregorian chant written to be sung on Holy Thursday at the washing of the feet.
The anonymous writer used Matt 18:20 for inspiration: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” And so, it brings us deep into the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood. In 1960, Maurice Durufle set this chant to music that will lift you to the beauty of Jesus’ love in the Holy Eucharist.
R: Where there is charity and love, God is also there.
The love of Christ has brought us together.
Let us rejoice and take delight in him:
Let us fear and love the living God;
Let us love one another with a sincere heart.
R: Ubi caritas et amor deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Pray for Eucharistic Conversion!
He calls you to a deeper faith.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your presence in the Holy Eucharist where I encounter You in an intimate, true, and loving union. Through the Holy Spirit, pour the graces and merits of Your Sacred Heart—into my own. Make the Eucharistic Congress a moment of conversion, turning me from my self-love to live the divine life with You as a child of God. Help me to truly realize the gift of Your Body and Blood.
I pray for all who come to the Congress, that You will set their hearts on fire for love of You in the Holy Eucharist. I pray that the Congress will strengthen our union as one Church—one in the Eucharist, in faith, and in love for You and others. Mary, our Mother, pray for us, that the Congress will glorify Your Son and help open souls to the encounter they need. Amen.
Listen to Recorded Eucharistic Talks!
Msgr. James Bartylla
Previously the Director of the Office of Vocation, since 2009, Monsignor James Bartylla serves as the Vicar General for the Madison Diocese.
He developed a series of homilies for the Eucharistic Revival, given at the Bishop O’Connor Center during noon Mass. He drew from talks given by Thomas Joseph White of the Thomistic Institute. One link brings you to the entire series.
Lawrence Feingold is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He wrote several books, including, Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion, lengthy but quite readable
He gives monthly talks for the St. Louis Eucharistic Revival, lasting about one hour each.
Dr. Brant Pitre
Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute, Graduate School of Theology, Brant is a prolific author, including, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament.
Formed offers a Eucharistic series featuring Brant. Click this link, type in parish, sign up, and search for Lectio Eucharist with Dr. Brant Pitre.
Six Steps Toward a Deeper
Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist!
In prayer, take six steps to draw closer to Jesus in the Eucharist:
Read more and take those steps now and at the Congress.
Four Ways to Prepare for the Congress
When we gather together at Mass or at the Congress, we bring a personal relationship with Jesus in prayer. What we bring into the sanctuary begins at home.
So, take these four steps to prepare for both the Mass and the Congress:
Read more on these four steps.
Students! Enter the
Proclaim Your Love Contest!
All Catholic school, homeschool, and CCD students…the Congress invites you to enter the Proclaim Your Love Contest.
Write an essay or a poem, draw or paint a work of art, shoot a video, or compose and perform a musical composition to Proclaim Your Love…for Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist!
Winners will be awarded in each category and in several age groups. Review the contest flyers and awards for details.
Write a testimonial of your Eucharistic experience!
Testimonials support the experience and faith of other people. The reality of the Holy Spirit’s work, of the love of Jesus in the Eucharist, must be heard. And your written testimony will help. Please submit it on the linked form. Read them on the Testimonials page.
Marvel over Bl. Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic Miracle Display
Before he passed away of leukemia in 2006, Bl. Carlo Acutis catalogued eucharistic miracles from all over the world. With the help of friends, he completed the project–160 panels–in 2-1/2 years. A replica of this display will be at the Congress. And you may schedule it for your parish as well.
hours minutes seconds
Sponsored by the Madison Diocese
Office of Worship 608-821-3000