2023-2024 Parish Year of the National Eucharistic Revival
St. Thomas More: List of Initiatives
30th Anniversary of Perpetual Adoration
Our first initiative began last weekend with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. At all the Masses, we preached about the efficacy of praying in front of our Eucharistic Lord. The benefits to each individual’s faith and to the parish as a community are vital for the overall mission of our parish. As part of the weekend, we had members of our Adoration Ministry available to talk to parishioners in the narthex. They answered questions about the ministry and helped people sign up to come and pray and cover an hour of the week. Additionally, we displayed the Eucharistic Miracles of the World, an exhibit first created by Blessed Carlo Acutis. This first initiative was a great success with many people signing up and a great number visiting the exhibit.
Praise and Worship Holy Hours
In the past couple of years, we have had a monthly evening of adoration with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the church accompanied by praise and worship music. In the year ahead, we are going to continue this opportunity for adoration and praise on the second Thursday night of the month from 6:15 to 7:45pm during our time of confessions. This will begin on September 14th and continue each month through May 9th. This is a great opportunity to praise Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist, in a communal format with the availability of going to confession.
First Friday Evening Mass
In a vision of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus promised to give the grace of final repentance to anyone who receives communion on nine consecutive first Fridays. While it is true that we offer two Masses on every Friday morning, for nine consecutive months, October through June, we will add an evening Mass at 5:15pm to assist those who would like to observe this devotion and, in general, for those looking for a weekday Mass in the evening. In September the priests will be preaching about this devotion so that all of you will be invited to participate in it.
Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible
Join our Director of Evangelization as he guides a group through a new in-depth Bible study by acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre that will dig down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. This course will be offered four different times during the next year, with two classes beginning in October, and then again in January, and April.
Advent Men’s Retreat & Lenten Women’s Retreat
During this year we will once again offer a Saturday morning retreat for our parishioners. The men’s retreat will be in Advent, Saturday, December 2, 2023, the women’s retreat will be in Lent, Saturday, March 9, 2024. The theme of this year’s retreat will focus on the Eucharist. Look for more information about our retreat presenters and how to register.
40 Hours Devotion
On Thursday, December 21, beginning with the 6:30pm holy hour in the church with confessions, we will have a dedicated time with the Eucharist being exposed for 40 continuous hours in the church proper, ending at 10:30am on Saturday, December 23. During these 40 hours, we will invite everyone to come and make a dedicated holy hour. Expanded times for confessions will be offered. This devotion will be focused on the penitential aspect of Advent and be used to help all of us prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
Lenten Mission on the Healing Power of the Eucharist
Last year we offered a four-night Lenten mission in the context of a Eucharistic Holy Hour. We will follow the same format and the topic will be the Healing Power of the Eucharist. The mission will help us discern where we need healing and there will be a service of healing one of the nights. The mission will take place Monday, March 18–Thursday, March 21, 2024.
Corpus Christi Procession
The “Parish Year” of the National Eucharistic Revival officially concludes with the Feast of Corpus Christi, (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus) on Sunday, June 2, 2024. As we did last year, we will have a Eucharistic procession following the 5:30pm Mass on Saturday, June 1, 2024. This year’s procession will be expanded to cover the entire campus of the parish, and everyone will be invited to participate in this wonderful devotion and public witness of our faith.
National Eucharistic Pilgrimage
One of four pilgrimage routes that will process the Eucharist from the four corners of the country will pass through the Archdiocese of Denver. Friday, June 7–Sunday, June 9, 2024, will be the weekend stop in Denver of this procession/pilgrimage. The parish is going to arrange for a specific time for parishioners to join in. More information forthcoming.
National Eucharistic Congress
Wednesday, July 17–Sunday, 21, 2024, in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, 80,000+ Catholics will come together for five days of liturgies, talks, sharing, adoration, and more. The parish is currently exploring options for sending a delegation to this once in a lifetime event.