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National Liturgy Webinar

Eucharistic Transformation:
Communion · Service · Mercy

November 8, 9, 10, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)


In the hearing of the word and in the sign of the broken bread, even the smallest and lowliest assembly of believers becomes the body of the Lord, his tabernacle in the world. The celebration of the Eucharist thus becomes a cradle of attitudes that generate a Eucharistic culture, for it impels us to express in our way of life and our thinking the grace of Christ who gave of himself to the full.

Pope Francis
Address to Participants in the Plenary Assembly
of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses
Saturday, 10 November 2018


Pope Francis called for spreading a “Eucharistic culture,” i.e., “a way of thinking and working grounded in the Eucharist.” Celebration of the Eucharist he said, can be a “cradle of attitudes that generate a Eucharistic culture.” The attitudes he highlights are communion, service, and mercy.

The aim of this National Liturgy Webinar is to reflect more deeply on the meaning of the Eucharist in order to invigorate how we celebrate, live out, and give witness to what the Eucharist means.

Over three days participants will explore the attitudes of communion, service and mercy and how they generate a Eucharistic culture.

Who? This gathering is open to Clergy, Liturgy Committee Members, Pastoral Council Members, Chaplains, and Interested Parishioners. It will be conducted via Zoom videoconferencing. An internet connection is needed.

In sum. The mystery of God’s love ‒ so merciful, extravagant, steadfast ‒ enfleshed in the mystery of Christ is to be embodied now in us, his missionary disciples. For that Eucharist forms and calls us. ~ Father Gil Ostdiek

Keynote Speaker

Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

STL, Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome
STD, Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome

For over 50 years, Gil Ostdiek has taught, written, and conducted adult education workshops on the subject of pastoral liturgy, linking liturgy and life by drawing out the spiritual meaning richly embodied in the non-verbal power of liturgical rites and spaces. He encourages adopting an integrated approach to pastoral ministry through the use of models, such as the Emmaus story, that weave liturgical ministry and all the other diverse ministries together into a coordinated care for God’s people.

1998 – Michael Mathis Award (Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy)
2007 – Georgetown Center for Liturgy
2014 – Berakah Award (NAAL)
2016 – Association of Catholic Publishers
2016 – Catholic Press Association

Reweaving the Ministries: The Emmaus Paradigm (Liturgical Press, 2021)
Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Resource for Faith Formation (Liturgical Press, 2015)
Catechesis for Liturgy: A Program for Parish Involvement (Pastoral Press, 1986)


We will explore the foundations on which a Eucharistic culture is to be built. The heart of eucharistic celebration is the mystery of Christ, commonly summed up as the Paschal Mystery. That mystery flows out from the hidden mystery of God’s saving plan of redeeming love fully revealed and enacted in the person and mission of Christ. His mission to announce and spread that love is entrusted to us in turn. Liturgical celebration of the Paschal Mystery is formative, it is “the cradle of the three attitudes that generate a Eucharistic culture, for it impels us to express in our way of life and our thinking the grace of Christ who gave of himself to the full” (Pope Francis).

Eucharist: Linking Liturgy and Life
We will reflect on the celebration of the Eucharist with two questions in mind:
– What do we do?
– What does that mean for how we live?

We will look at ritual actions and symbols, along with select texts, for gathering, listening, presenting gifts, sharing bread and wine, and being sent on mission. We will trace themes of what we bring and offer, and of finding our life stories within our master story. That story calls us to be a living sacrifice of praise, to do what Jesus commanded at the Last Supper, to join him in saying and living his Amen to God and to the world.

Attitudes of Communion, Service and Mercy
We will explore:
– What does it mean to be one with Christ and one with others?
– How we are to be Christ’s co-workers in the vineyard?
– Our calling to be the face of Christ to our world.
– Service and mercy as manifestations of the Lord’s command of love.
– The rich biblical nuances found in Misericordiae Vultus.
– Communion, service and mercy:

  • Examples
  • Experience
  • Pastoral Response

Before the Webinar

The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Use of Zoom will require:
– An internet connection.
– Zoom client for meetings, available here.

Participants are asked to read the Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharist Congresses before the webinar.


Participants can register through Zoom.

Registrations are manually approved. Please allow 1-2 business days for confirmation. There is no cost for registration.


Eucharistic Transformation: Communion, Service, Mercy will take place over three days.

Monday, November 8, 2021 · 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 · 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 · 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)