Year of the Eucharist

Feast of Corpus Christi 2020 - Feast of Corpus Christi 2021
“And behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has announced a Year of the Eucharist to bolster the faith of those who already believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and to encourage those who struggle with this belief. Over the course of the next year, the Cardinal invites all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston to learn more about the Eucharist and to spend more time before the Eucharistic Lord, asking Him to reveal Himself to you.

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A recent Pew Study found that many Catholics view the Eucharist as a mere symbol. Some Catholics even believe the Church actually teaches it is only symbol, not the body and blood of Jesus Christ, bringing to mind Flannery O’Connor’s famous rejoinder on the matter. At a literary gathering back in the 1940s, author Mary McCarthy said she always thought of the Eucharist as a symbol and “it was a pretty good one.” O’Connor replied, “If it’s only a symbol, to hell with it.” She made her point. If the Eucharist isn’t really the body and blood of Christ, then why bother going to Mass? Why bother being Catholic?

Introduction Letter from Cardinal Seán 

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Please view this letter from Cardinal Sean announcing the Year of the Eucharist where he shares his own love of the Eucharist and his hopes that you, too, will share that love of Jesus truly present in the Eucharist.


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Bishop Reed Celebrating Mass

"The Eucharist is 'the source and summit of the Christian life.' 'The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.'"

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Cardinal Sean celebrates Mass at World Youth Day Panama

To view the video with Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Vietnamese subtitles, please visit our Vimeo channel.

Resources and Offerings 

Speaker Series
Stream Adoration Online
Become a Year of the Eucharist Missionary
Year of the Eucharist Coordinator
Ideas for Your Parish
Pilot Printing Year of the Eucharist Resources
Video Testimonies
NEW! Catechetical Materials and Resources


Cardinal Sean Celebrating Holy Thursday Mass

"As Catholics, it is in the Eucharist that we learn our identity." 

- Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap 

Fr. Matt Williams elevating the monstrance at LIFT Eucharistic Adoration

What to Expect

Throughout this Year we will:

  • provide a series of catechetical materials specific to the Eucharist
  • invite parishes to provide more opportunities for Adoration and to make more availability for parishioners to pray before the Blessed Sacrament
  • feature video testimonies from a wide array of Boston Catholics about their love of the Eucharist

Cardinal Sean celebrating Fr. Jonathan Gaspar's Installation Mass