As part of the preparations in the Diocese for the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, in September 2018, the Bishop had asked Catholic schools and academies in the diocese to help organise a Day of the Eucharist on Friday the 24th of November, so that pupils could be introduced to the tradition of Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and so that this may become part of the life of the schools in the future. The response of the schools was immediate and very generous, with many encouraging reports and pictures being sent from all directions. The following are only a few of the news items in the last three days.
Amazing #DayOfTheEucharist here’s some pictures from @CTKCVA and @thegsaprimary all of years 3-6 and classes from 7-9 had services focused on healing led by their Chaplaincy Teams @catholicEW @CatholicHerald @CathEdService @NottsDiocese @GSOV2017 pic.twitter.com/G2HtOk8wbL— CtK Chaplaincy (@CtKChaplaincy) November 24, 2017
The Bishop has been anxious that our young people come to know the deep, personal love of the Lord for them and has hoped that their hearts would be touched by this encounter with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He had sent a personal meditation (below) to the schools about his own experiences of Eucharistic Adoration in his private chapel and was overjoyed with the response of the school communities to this initiative. He is grateful for all the reports and suggests that the exercises be repeated during the Lenten Season.
Fr. Colin Patey at Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby, welcomed what he called the Bishop's 'simple and profound catechesis' on one of the greatest mysteries of the Catholic Faith and a 'deep and honest insight into [the Bishop's] own spirituality.' As Fr. Patey suggests, this message of the Bishop is more widely applicable to the Catholic community in general and urges that as many people as possible make use of this resource.