Excerpts from the Pastoral Letter from the Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester

Year of the Eucharist

We are quickly advancing toward the 150th Anniversary of our Diocese on March 3, 2018. It is my prayer and firm conviction that we make the Most Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the heart and center of our Sesquicentennial Celebration. Therefore, with gratitude to God and in conjunction with our 150th Anniversary, I am declaring the observance of a Year of the Eucharist to commence THIS Sunday, June 18, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, and to conclude on Sunday, June 3, 2018, on this same Solemnity.

Our belief in the Real Presence of Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity, the very One Whom we receive in Holy Communion is, therefore, what truly identifies us as

Catholic. Daily let us call to mind the words of Saint John Paul II:

“…never forget that Jesus in the tabernacle wants you at his side, so that he can fill your hearts with the experience of his friendship, which alone gives meaning and fulfillment

to your lives.” (Mane Nobiscum Domine, no. 30).

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I urge you to continue to deepen your personal devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. It is in knowing and in loving the Jesus of the Eucharist that you will have the means to understand life, to find security, to be a people with roots. It is Christ who sustains and supports us in the many trials, struggles, challenges, transitions and happenings of our human existence.