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The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will join other dioceses across the United States in launching a Eucharistic revival on June 19 – the Solemnity of Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The Eucharistic Revival is a three-year movement in the Catholic Church in America that aims to increase every Catholic’s understanding and devotion to the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will mark the launch with special celebrations in Lorette on June 19. The faithful are invited to Eucharistic adoration from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. During these hours, various priests will be available to hear confessions. At 7 p.m., Bishop Mark L. Barchak will celebrate a special outdoor Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies, adjacent to the Basilica. Those attending Mass are asked to bring their own lawn chair. After Mass, a solemn Eucharistic procession will take place within the sanctuary. The faithful are invited to join the procession if they are physically able.

The diocese especially encourages children who received their first communion earlier this spring and their families to attend this special celebration. Children can wear their First Communion outfit.

From launch on June 19, 2022 to June 11,

2023, the first phase of the movement will focus on diocesan renewal. The second phase, starting June 11,

2023, until July 17, 2024, will foster Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening liturgical life.

A National Eucharistic Congress will meet

From July 17 to 21, 2024, in Indianapolis. During this historic event, Catholics will come together to rededicate their hearts to the Source and Summit of faith. At the end of the Congress on July 21, 2024, until the Solemnity of Pentecost 2025, the year will be dedicated to going out on mission to share the gift of our Eucharistic Lord.



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