The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. The Eucharist is a powerful way in which we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and are united with him as one body. The Eucharist is a source of strength and nourishment, and as we receive it, just as the disciples did at the Last
Supper, we are reminded of God’s love for us and of our call to love others.

Day 1 – Start with scripture

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have a read of this scripture passage. Think about what Jesus is telling us to do.

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Mark
R. Glory to You O Lord

The Passover with the Disciples

And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”  And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’   And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”  And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.   Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

The Gospel of the Lord
R. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Mark 14:12-16, 22-25

Spend some time in pairs or threes and talk about the question below. When you’re finished share them with the whole form and see where the dialogue takes you.

Discussion Question:

Jesus gives the disciples specific instructions about finding the upper room. How important is it to follow instructions, even if they seem strange or unclear? Can you think of a time when following instructions led to a positive outcome?

Why do you think Jesus uses bread and wine as symbols during the Last Supper? Can you think of other examples in your life where objects are used to represent something bigger?

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We end with a prayer:

Jesus, Body and Blood,
we are grateful for the gift of
your life and the way it
strengthens us to live our lives.
Teach us to draw on the gift of
your Body and Blood for energy,
renewal, strength and grace.
May we never take the gift of
your presence for granted.
Amen

Amen 

Day 2 – Catholic Social Teaching

Today we are going to think about our word of the week, Eucharist, and link it to the Catholic Social Teaching point of Solidarity…

The Eucharist is a source of strength and nourishment, and as we receive it, just as the disciples did at the Last Supper, we are reminded of God’s love for us and of our call to love others.

Imagine the Eucharist as the ultimate Pizza Party:

  • You and all your friends are invited.
  • Nobody gets left out, everyone is welcome.
  • Jesus is the host, offering himself (the delicious pizza!) to share with everyone.

Now, think about Solidarity:

  • It’s about remembering that we’re all part of one big family, God’s family.
  • Just like at a pizza party, we should want everyone to have enough to eat and feel included.

The Connection:

  • When we receive the Eucharist, we’re not just receiving Jesus, we’re committing ourselves to live like Jesus did.
  • Jesus cared deeply for those in need.
  • So, if we’re truly connected to Jesus through the Eucharist, we should also care about those who are hungry, homeless, or alone.

Challenge:

  • Think about someone in your community who might be struggling.
  • Discuss: how can you show them some love and solidarity this week?

Remember: Even small acts of kindness can make a big difference. By living out the spirit of the Eucharist, we can build a more just and compassionate world, one good deed at a time

We end with a prayer:

God of life,
whose loving covenant brings joy to all people:
grant us your healing mercy,
that we who are taught by your Word
and fed with the broken bread and outpoured cup,
may offer our very selves each day as a living sacrifice of praise.
Amen.

Day 3 -Hit the Headlines

We start with the Sign of the Cross…

On Sunday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi, meaning the “Body of Christ” in Latin, provides an opportunity for the Church to focus on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Speaking to a crowd huddled together under colorful umbrellas on Sunday afternoon in Rome, Pope Francis said that the body and blood of Christ offered at every Mass is a gift from God. 

“It is He who gives Himself for all humanity, and offers Himself for the life of the world,” Pope Francis said on 2nd June.

Pope Francis explained that just as Jesus “did not keep his life for himself, but gave it to us,” so too are Christians called to make their lives a gift for others.

Can you think of a way to make your life a gift for others today? Share your answers below if you can…

We end with a moment of prayer:

For all who hunger for bread and thirst for hope
in our uncertain world:
that people of courage and goodwill may unite
to work for reconciliation and to loosen the bonds of injustice…
LORD, IN YOUR MERCY…