What is it about?
In these years 2020 to 2022, I am inviting everyone in the Diocese of Portsmouth to undertake, by God’s grace, a period of intense, spiritual renewal.
The overall purpose of our Diocese is Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. The purpose of these special years is to grow in faith so that we might be better equipped for mission and service.
In 2020, we joined the other Dioceses of England and Wales in keeping a ‘Year of God’s Word’ which was officially extended into 2021. Now in 2021-2022, in our Diocese of Portsmouth, as we complete our Year of the Word, we keep also a Year of the Eucharist.
This Year is a unique opportunity for the Diocese as a whole, for our parishes and schools, for clergy and faithful, for families and individuals, to rekindle our love for Jesus Christ really and truly present and active in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament we adore outside of Mass: It is the Lord! (John 21: 7).
The COVID lockdown gives us an opportunity to step back from the busyness of life. It gives us a chance to pray more to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In the months ahead, let’s continue to find time and space for the Lord.
I hope you will treasure this leaflet which is full of ideas and suggestions as to how we might keep special this Year of the Eucharist. Remember the promise of Jesus: “As I who am sent by the living Father myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. Anyone who eats this Bread will live for ever (John 6: 57-58). May this holy Year truly bring you the Bread of Life.