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 Synod Initiative V:

Eucharist and Sacramental Living 

Becoming a holy people, rooted in prayer, living by the grace of the Eucharist and sacramental celebration. The Church’s sacramental life becomes fruitful as the whole People of God integrate the sacramental celebrations of the Paschal Mystery with their efforts to transform the world in and through God’s love. The Eucharist makes the gathered community, the assembly, what it is: We become what we receive; we receive the Body of Christ in the Eucharist to become the Body of Christ for the transformation of the world. “No Christian community can be built up unless it has its basis and center in the celebration of the most Holy Eucharist” (John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 33; cf. Presbyterorum ordinis, 6).

We live by a transforming grace that allows us to recognize and embrace the sacredness of human life and living in its various dimensions. Our whole lives become a living expression of the Paschal Mystery—the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—that we celebrate, primarily in the Eucharist.

Our participation in the Eucharist expresses our commitment to allow Jesus Christ to enter our lives, to nourish us with the Word, to sustain us with the sacrament of his Body and Blood, building us—member for member—into the Body of Christ. As the experience of the Risen Christ transformed the disciples, so our participation in the Paschal Mystery transforms us as well as the wider world. But this is only possible if we are steeped in the prayer that strengthens our commitment to a life of holiness.

Pastoral Priorities

Each parish is to give priority to the Sunday celebration of Mass as the primary occasion and opportunity for revitalizing the spiritual life of the community and, accordingly, make appropriate provision for the full, conscious, and active participation of the faithful.

As the availability of priests continues to decline within the Archdiocese, a comprehensive plan is to be developed on the Archdiocesan, regional, and parish levels for providing for the liturgical and sacramental needs of the people.

Pastoral Strategies

Archdiocesan guidelines are to be developed and implemented to guarantee opportunities for Catholics to receive communion, gather for prayer, and celebrate those sacraments and liturgical rites that can be administered in the absence of a priest.

Ordained and lay ministers are to participate in ongoing, formal liturgical and homiletic studies. 

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