Now in the second year of the national Eucharistic Revival, we have begun the fall tour of the Diocesan Deanery Eucharistic Gatherings. These began last Saturday at St Mary in Montrose, with gracious parishioners hosting the Grand Junction Deanery. Clergy and parishioners gathered in prayer and spent a day sharing their experiences and learning about the parish revivals. These deanery mini-convocations were initiated at the diocesan Eucharistic Congress held last May, in response to the call of the Holy Spirit, which has been enlivened and is being renewed throughout the diocese.
Since the time of our synodal listening sessions two years ago, we have seen more parishioners responding to the revival. Each parish has chosen one goal as a focus for its particular renewal. Where focus on one goal has been consistently pursued, fruit is being borne in the parish. In these upcoming Deanery Eucharistic Gatherings, we will hear more about the encouraging progress of the work being done, and see parishes continuing to come more into communion with each other in their deaneries.
"These deanery mini-convocations were initiated at the diocesan Eucharistic Congress held last May, in response to the call of the Holy Spirit, which has been enlivened and is being renewed throughout the diocese."
We are seeing abundant signs of the work of the Holy Spirit in our diocese. This in itself gives us a sense of peace and hope as we renew ourselves in faith. However, we also know that listening to the Spirit compels us to step forward, to join and enliven the mission of Jesus. This gets to the heart of who we are as the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit calls us now to learn more deeply our greatest gift of Jesus in the Eucharist, and to make this gift the strongest and hardiest reality of our lives.
On this coming Saturday morning, 9am, I invite the parishioners of the Alamosa Deanery to join me, Dr. Seth Wright, and your parish Eucharistic Teams at Sacred Heart parish hall in Alamosa. Whether or not you have participated actively up to this point in the Eucharistic Revival, you are invited and welcome. Let us pray together, listen to one another, worship and be guided, together in the Spirit, and be renewed. Much work has been done, and great joy lies ahead. Let us be on our way, in prayers for our diocese, that these next weeks be fruitful, and that our Eucharist be renewed, now and forever.
+Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo
For a schedule of upcoming Deanery Eucharistic Gatherings or to register for an upcoming gathering, please visit: https://www.diopueblo.org/md-deanery-gatherings
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