Theology on Tap looks at Eucharist - Catholic Courier

Theology on Tap looks at Eucharist

The Year of the Eucharist — which Pope John Paul II proclaimed as October 2004 to October 2005 — is the theme of this year’s spring Theology on Tap series, which begins April 6.

This isn’t the first time a Theology on Tap series has had a specific theme, according to Shannon Loughlin, diocesan director of young-adult and campus ministry. The Catholic Public Voice was the theme of last summer’s Monroe County series, which focused on topics such as civil unions, politicians and the reception of the Eucharist, the consistent life ethic, and public policy. In the past, dating and relationships have also been Theology on Tap series themes, Loughlin added.

It is up to the parishes sponsoring each particular series to determine whether the series should have an overarching theme, Loughlin said. The Year of the Eucharist series is cosponsored by the Diocese of Rochester and parishes of the Eastern Greece Planning Group, which includes Holy Cross, Holy Name of Jesus, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Mother of Sorrows, St. Charles Borromeo and St. John the Evangelist.

Young adults and representatives from the sponsoring parishes gathered several months ago to compile a list of topics they thought young adults would find relevant. They weren’t consciously looking for topics that worked with a particular theme, but Loughlin realized after looking at the list of potential topics that most of them could easily fit into a Year of the Eucharist series.

Father Robert Kennedy, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rochester, will talk about the church’s understanding of the sacraments and sacramentals during the first installment of the series. Deacon Thomas Driscoll, pastoral associate at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Spencerport, will tackle the subject of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist on April 13.

Jamie and Irene Fazio will talk about living and loving a vocation to marriage as a eucharistic people on April 20. Jamie is pastoral associate at Blessed Sacrament and campus minister at Nazareth College. On April 27, Alice Miller Nation, pastoral associate at St. Matthew’s Parish in Livonia, will discuss what it means to be a eucharistic people in a changing church.

Father Daniel McMullin, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Geneseo, will talk about Eucharist and Communion in different Christian communities on May 4, and on May 11, Dr. Damian Zynda, Christian-formation director at Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford, will talk about ways to be eucharistic people by living lives of holiness and wholeness.

Each Theology on Tap session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Dutch Mill, 2901 Dewey Ave., Rochester. For more information, call 585/328-3228, ext. 1375.

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