Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Living the Eucharist is what each of us is called to do every day. The Eucharist is an overwhelming gift of God’s unconditional love for us. Christ is God’s gift of mercy poured out on us as sinners.
We meet Christ in the scriptures and in the breaking of the bread just as the disciples did on the road to Emmaus. When we truly receive the gift of the Word and the Eucharist, we are transformed.
We name the Mass for the last thing we do: we are dismissed; we are sent
on mission to share God’s peace, to proclaim the Gospel, to glorify God by our lives.
We are sent forth to live this eucharistic covenant for better or worse, in sickness and in health, and for our families, our neighbors, our parish community and indeed the whole of creation. We receive the gift of Christ by making the return gift of our lives to God.
My diocesan staff serves as a resource for our parishes to help us be eucharistic people. We are to promote peace and solidarity, to be people of gratitude, to transform unjust structures. They assist with catechesis, sacramental preparation, stewardship education, formation in Catholic social teaching, parish/school payroll and bookkeeping, meeting education requirements in our schools, supporting couples doing marriage annulments, preparing men and women for lay ministries and so much more. The diocese assists our retired priests, as needed. We provide for deacon and seminary education and for the ongoing formation of our clergy.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal covers about three-fourths of our diocesan budget. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to promote Living the Eucharist as you make your pledge to this appeal. Thank you for your continual support of your local parish, school and our diocese. May God bless you abundantly.
Bishop Martin Amos
Diocese of Davenport