An easy-to-use study guide of
Ecclesia de Eucharistia
(The Church of the Eucharist)
On the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church
An Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II
Description: This easy to follow 33-page study guide (PDF) is a small discussion group program that explains in ordinary language how to understand this very important Church document and apply it to our every-day lives and today’s world. Group facilitators don’t need to be experts; they only need to serve as discussion starters and time-keepers.
The US Bishops, in a statement about the document they’re preparing on Eucharistic coherency, wrote: “The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.” The book, My Soul Shall be Healed, does exactly that!
This program can be held in 5 to 7 sessions, depending on how much time the group will spend in the Introduction and Conclusion. Suggestion: Use the Introduction by itself to invite people to join the group!
This program explores:
• developing a personal relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist
• the Eucharist as the “source and summit of the Christian life”
• what Catholics believe and do not believe about the Eucharist
• why only Catholic priests can consecrate the Communion elements
• the role of the whole community in Holy Communion
The book is divided into 7 parts:
2: The Mystery of Faith
3: The Apostolicity of the Eucharist and the Church
4: The Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion
5: The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration
6: At the School of Mary
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Bulk discounts for churches are available from the author.
A PowerPoint Presentation of the discussion questions, designed for group use, is available FREE. Preview it in this video. Order it below to download a zipped folder containing 6 slideshows: the Introduction plus 5 sessions.
For a video series on understanding what happens during the Holy Mass, designed to be used in classrooms, see also the author’s video series at https://gnm.org/HolyMass.