St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners kickstart Eucharistic Revival with Bible study

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Since March, the Adult Faith Formation program at St. Thomas the Aquinas Church in Cookeville has been hosting a Bible study on the Eucharist for close to 50 parishioners across three groups, as an initiative to jumpstart the Eucharistic Revival in the parish. 

Based on the Lectio Series, “The Eucharist” on FORMED, the 10-week program will wrap up in May. 

“All involved find that the prefiguring of the Eucharist, revealed in Old and New Testament scriptures, is enlightening and bringing them to a more intimate relationship with Christ,” said Jim Dainty, a member of the program. 

The Eucharistic Revival, headed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a three-year initiative to re-establish and reignite the belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist among Catholics. 

The need arose following a Pew study done in late 2019 that revealed that only 30 percent of Catholics believed in the Real Presence.

Since the kick-off last year, diocesan initiatives have been implemented in parishes across the diocese. 

It will all culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in almost 50 years, from July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis.  

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