In these days of crisis in the Church, to be the bearer of good news is always a welcome change. Here is one: "The Marian Eucharistic Alliance".
Since October 2004, when the Year of the Eucharist began, lay Catholics throughout Australia have been making a commitment to Our Lord in the Eucharist, Our Lady and the Holy Father, to become apostles in proclaiming the knowledge, love and worship of Jesus in the Eucharist and to offer reparation for the "insults, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended".
The Alliance is a positive response to the Holy Father's Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, the Holy See's document Redemptionis Sacramentum, and the Australian Bishops' Conference Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist.
It is a lay initiative to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist by revitalising belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and rediscovering the sense of the sacred in the Liturgy.
St Paul exhorts us: "Preach the word. Be constant in season and out of season ... for there shall be a time when they shall not endure sound doctrine" (2 Tim 4:1-3).
All lay Catholics who are faithful to the Church need to be empowered to understand, proclaim and defend the sound doctrine on the Real Presence, and the Year of the Eucharist is just the right season to do so.
Catholics interested in receiving a free information package about this project, may send their name and postal address to: Marian Eucharistic Alliance, PO Box 111, Forrestfield, WA 6058, or email to Alliance @SaintGabriel.com.au
The information package contains a colour prayer card designed specifically for the Alliance, a copy of the newsletter Adoro Te and a letter from Fr Douglas Harris, Parish Priest, Saint Bernadette's Church, Glendalough (Perth), which provides an explanation. Fr Harris is a Missionary of the Blessed Sacrament and member of the priests' Advisory Board to St Gabriel Communications.
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