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Archives Sharing knowledge of the Holy Eucharist

Sept. 29, 2021

By Jessica Hargrave
Contributing Writer

At the Chrism Mass on March 30, 2021 Bishop LaValley addressed the need to re-focus our attention on the Holy Eucharist, “as a Mystery to be believed, a Mystery to be celebrated, a Mystery to be lived...There is a strong need for catechesis, renewed devotion, increase of missionary spirit and a rejuvenated understanding of ecclesial communion that can only occur through a deepened understanding and reinvigorated belief in the Eucharist.”

In light of Bishop LaValley’s announcement, the diocesan Department of Education held an event, “The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist: Believe. Celebrate. Live” on Friday, September 17 for Catholic School teachers at eight Catholic Schools – Trinity in Massena, St. Bernard’s School in Saranac Lake, St. Agnes School in Lake Placid, St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, St. James School in Gouverneur, Seton in Plattsburgh, Immaculate Heart Central (IHC) in Watertown, and Augustinian Academy in Carthage. On Saturday, September 18 the presentation was repeated for parishioners involved in parish ministry at eight parish locations around the diocese – Waddington Parish Center, St. James School, Seton, Brushton’s St. Mary’s Parish Center, St. Edmund’s Parish Center in Ellenburg, St. Mary’s School, IHC, and St. Peter’s Church in Lowville.

Participants were shown the video series Presence from Augustine Institute (available on FORMED), which explores the truth and significance of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, its origins in Scripture, and it’s role in the life of the Church.

Each of the three videos were followed by enriching discussion amongst participants who shared their experiences and ideas pertaining to the Blessed Sacraments and its effect on their faith and church community.

Facilitators and locations included:
Schools on Sept. 17
• IHC: Karen Donahue and Marika Donders
• St. Agnes School: Anita Soltero
• Seton Catholic: Pam Ballantine and Tom Semeraro
• St. James School: Michele Lallier
• Trinity Catholic: Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ and Catherine Russell
• St. Mary’s School: Sister Mary Gregory Munger, SSJ
• St. Bernard’s School: Michelle Meyers
• Augustinian Academy: Steve Tartaglia, Sister Bernadette Marie Collins, SSJ

Parishes on Sept. 18
• Ellenburg: Tom Semeraro
• St. Mary’s School: St. Mary Gregory Munger, SSJ
• IHC: Karen Donahue, Michelle Meyers, Sister Bernadette Marie Collins, SSJ
• Seton Catholic : Pam Ballantine and Anita Soltero
• Waddington Parish Center: Catherine Russell and Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ
• Brushton’s St. Mary’s Parish Center: Marika Donders
• St. James School: Michele Lallier
• St. Peter’s Church, Lowville: Steve Tartaglia

The Department of Education is offering to facilitate this workshop at a parish level for those who are interested.


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