3 HEARING HIS CALL
Call people to action.
Prioritize Eucharistic Revival efforts from the inside out, providing the best experiences the Church has to offer.
Empower the next generation of Christ’s disciples to lead.
Encourage stewardship by connecting to parishioners in new ways.
Eucharistic Revival is a three-year process initiated by the USCCB to invite the faithful to reflect upon the mystery and meaning of the sacrament of the Eucharist in our lives. The goal is to create a more Eucharistic Community devoted to loving and serving one another, and forming Disciples of Christ. As Catholics, we are both blessed and broken. His Real Presence in the Eucharistic can transform our hearts. Jesus left us this gift! In a world that is so hurried, we must all slow down, do a deep dive and reflect upon it.
The Diocese is also working on a plan for a series of “Know Him” Gatherings. These experiential evangelization events will help us all grow closer to Christ by learning about his life and the lessons He taught the world. We are working to create short but engaging events that include speakers, multimedia content, witness testimony and interactive activities for the “Know Him” series to be held at Christ Our Shepherd Center. The events are specifically designed for Diocesan and parish staff members, but will be open to public registration as well.
Our efforts will begin from the inside out, first offering formational and devotional opportunities for staff throughout 2023 culminating with a Eucharistic Congress in 2023. After that, we hope they are better prepared to help create a more Eucharistic Community; founding new and innovative ministries focused on re-connecting to the disenfranchised and creating experiential evangelization opportunities that interest and engage our young people. One-to-one personal invitations will be an important part of the process.
One-to-one personal invitations are also an important part of encouraging stewardship. Strategic hires including a Managing Director of Development and a Director of the Catholic Foundation will reinvigorate efforts surrounding planned giving, seminarian and clergy formation support, EITC funding and Bishop’s Circle participation.
It is also important to note the many opportunities Bishop Kulick has pursued to re-engage sectors of the faithful throughout the Diocese of Greensburg. Through pastoral visits and personal outreach.
- YOUTH: Only about half of respondents under the age of 18 believe that music during Mass and homilies is engaging. And only 43% feel they are an integral part of the Church.
- FALLEN AWAY CATHOLICS: Of the respondents who no longer feel connected to the Church, most cannot explain the mission and do not feel they are an integral part of the Church.
- PRACTICING CATHOLICS: Those who attend Mass regularly feel we are caring for their needs but do not feel the Church is doing enough for the disenfranchised.
- THOSE WHO WANT TO HELP: Many expressed a willingness to help but are not sure what they can do and disagree about parish consolidation and opportunities to share resources.
- OTHER ISSUES: There were pockets of discourse surrounding the Celebration of The Extraordinary Form of the Mass, the environment and the church’s stance on same sex marriage.