What is Living the Eucharist?
Living the Eucharist is a parish-based Lenten ministry designed to help revitalize parish life and mission through a more profound experience of Sunday Mass. It helps the entire parish—adults, teens, and families—grow in their Catholic faith and live more fully as missionary disciples of Jesus. Learn more.
When does Living the Eucharist take place?
Living the Eucharist runs during Lent for three years. Follow-up programs take place after Lent. Preparation begins in the fall for the following Lent.
How do parishioners participate in Living the Eucharist?
A wide range of activities makes it easy for parishioners to participate in the ways that mean most to them. Parishioners can take part in adult and teen faith-sharing groups, family activities, devotional and catechetical Lenten readings, and a prayer campaign.
Who can benefit from Living the Eucharist?
- The entire parish benefits through spiritual renewal, a strengthened sense of community, more active participation in Sunday Mass, and greater outreach to inactive Catholics and those searching for faith, based on a more meaningful encounter with Christ in the Eucharist.
- Adult parishioners benefit by meeting in small groups to deepen their understanding of the Mass, praying with the upcoming Sunday Mass readings using the lectio divina method, and renewing their commitment to live life more fully as missionary disciples of Jesus throughout the week.
- Teens benefit by sharing faith, friendship, and prayer, and through their own exploration of the Mass through videos and small-group discussions.
- Families benefit by coming together to learn more about the Eucharist, connecting their household prayer with the upcoming Sunday Mass, and exploring ways to live the Eucharist as a family.
- Parish liturgical ministers benefit by creating more vibrant liturgies in the parish, based on the best theory and practice.
- Inactive Catholics and people searching for faith benefit from the intentional parish outreach efforts to invite and welcome them.
How does a parish implement Living the Eucharist?
Any parish can implement this ministry in four easy steps: 1) The pastor and other parish leaders review the materials and commit to participate in the program. 2) The pastor appoints a coordinator and a parish staff representative to oversee the program. 3) Using the Parish Starter Kit and the Living the Eucharist website, parish program leaders recruit and train the rest of the Leadership Team. 4) The program leaders order the necessary materials for the parish from our secure webstore and distribute them.
How long does it take to implement Living the Eucharist?
While the most active part of Living the Eucharist occurs during Lent, program activities run all year long. The program calls for meetings to plan and train for Lent at various times in the fall and early winter. Follow-up activities after Lent include a parish retreat in the Easter season. Efforts to invite and welcome inactive Catholics and those searching for faith occur in the late spring, summer, and fall.
Who implements the various program activities?
Parish efforts are widely distributed among parishioners. Pastors and priests find that lay leaders will accomplish most of the activities that make Living the Eucharist successful. For more information, see the Parish Leadership Team Manual, which comes with the Parish Starter Kit. Preview the Parish Leadership Team Manual here.
What is the deadline for a parish to commit to Living the Eucharist?
Optimally, a parish will commit by September in order to begin Living the Eucharist the following Lent. Time is needed to select the program leaders and train the team. The team should be in place by October in order to complete the preparation for the following Lent. Parishes will find that the implementation process is very flexible and can be adapted to meet parish needs. Some parishes have started in November or December and had a satisfying and successful experience.
Can I receive samples of the materials to preview?
All the materials are available for preview here. The preview provides a view of one session and allows you to see only a select number of pages. The preview does not permit you to print the material. Full copies of the materials are available in the Parish Starter Kit.
How much does Living the Eucharist cost?
How do I get help during the program?
The Parish Leadership Team Manual has been thoroughly tested and is designed to provide all the information needed for the team to implement Living the Eucharist with a high degree of success. The support sections of this website contain a large number of resources to help parishes, including introductory and explanatory videos, resources for liturgical ministers, and other resources to implement program components. Click for a sample of the Parish Leadership Team Manual. Parishes can also ask the Paulist Evangelization Ministries team for any additional help they need by contacting us.
How do I order Living the Eucharist materials?
You can order the Parish Starter Kit by clicking here. Individual materials, such as small group booklets and guides, are available through our secure webstore or by using the Living the Eucharist order form here.
Our parish uses the Year A lectionary readings each year during Lent because we celebrate the RCIA scrutinies. Do you have the Year A readings available during Lent for Years B and C?
Living the Eucharist provides supplemental materials on its website for parishes that use the Year A readings (even in Years B and C) on the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent to celebrate the scrutinies. These parishes can click here to go to WebDocs 17 to obtain the Year A lectio divina selections for the Small Group Participant Booklet and the Small Group Participant Booklet for Teens for the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays in Years B and C. The small group coordinator can download these selections and give them to the small group leaders for adults and teens during the training session prior to Lent. Or, the small group coordinator may choose another method of distribution. During the other weeks of Years B and C (the first, second, and sixth week), the small groups use the lectio divina selections for Years B and C.
More information about Living the Eucharist and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is found on pages 67 and 69 of the Parish Leadership Team Manual.