• Sample of Resources for the Year of Sacraments
    The Year of Sacraments begins July 1, 2015.  Resources and ideas for parishes will be loaded on this webpage throughout the year.  Download a list of some of the parish resources.
  • Know the Sacraments One Word at a Time
    A short bulletin article is offered each week during the Year of Sacraments in order to help us deepen our understanding and appreciation for the Sacraments.
Sacraments Month-by-Month

Resources for the Year of Sacraments will be coordinated with a timetable that follows a natural rhythm of parish life.

  • Eucharist-September

    The following resources would fit well into the month of September and are provided in Word-format so that they can be customize them to the needs of the parish.

    • Blessing of Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
      This blessing can be used to gather and honor the parish EMCs at a Sunday Mass. In addition to the blessing a parish may want to publish names of all the EMCs in the bulletin or provide a special hospitality for them after Mass.
    • Essential Elements of Preaching and Teaching the Eucharist
      Fr. Lou Cameli provides notes for homilists, teachers and catechists.
    • Eucharist Vigil
      This prayerful reflection can be used at any time with parishioners to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the Eucharist. The format includes music, scripture and personal witness.

    Sacraments and Social Mission by the USCCB (English and Spanish) offers two possible handouts that explore the Eucharist:

    • Body of Christ, Broken for the World has six questions for reflection and discussion, which could be used with small faith-sharing groups, Parish Councils, or adult formation groups.
      English | Spanish
    • Formed, Transformed and Sent explores both the personal and social natures of Eucharist.
      English | Spanish

    Additional Resources on Eucharist developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Strategic Pastoral Plan:

    • Walk Through the Mass – an interactive, inter-generational session to deepen understanding of Sunday Mass
    • Circles of Witness – a reflection for teens in a youth ministry setting or high school
    • Dies Domini – a six-week adult formation series based on the 1998 Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II
      English | Spanish
    • Draw Near Video Guide to the Catholic Mass – Video and Study guide are in both English and Spanish
      English | Spanish

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