Not by Bread Alone
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to grow not only in our understanding of what the Eucharist is but to fall more in love with the person of Christ in the Eucharist. The group will make a transition in discussion from the bread that we need to physically sustain ourselves to an appreciation of the Eucharist being our spiritual nourishment.
About this night
The topic of this night is the Sacrament of the Eucharist: the source and summit of everything we do as Catholic Christians. The Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation where we become initiated into the life of the Church and into the very life of God Himself. It is in the Eucharist where we become united with Christ and are nourished to live like Christ in all that we do. As Catholics, we believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Christ instituted the Eucharist and gave the apostles the command, “Do this in memory of me.” Through our receiving of the Eucharist, we become a living tabernacle because Jesus’ very life is within us.
This night begins with a service project where the whole group will put together bag lunches for the homeless in the area. Each person will have a task so that everyone is involved in this project. It is important to note that our call to serve comes from the Eucharist – Jesus gave His very life so that we may live. The night will transition into a teaching on the Eucharist focusing on the Eucharist as being central in our life. During small group time the youth will be able to discuss the main points of the Proclaim. Also in small groups, they will discuss and create an Outreach Ministry. This is a way for the youth to find a way to serve others in their community. For the Closing Prayer, the youth will move into a time of Adoration. Because this night is on the Blessed Sacrament, it will be important to have enough time to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This time will end with the Litany of the Blessed Sacrament.
Before The Night
You will be preparing several bag lunches. Before the night you should decide whether or not you will donate these lunches to a nearby homeless shelter or pass them out to homeless people in the area. If you are donating them to a homeless shelter then you will want to contact them prior to the date to ensure that your donation will be accepted. Also, ask the shelter the best types of foods to be included in the bag. Often people in shelters have poor dental hygiene and cannot chew or bite into some foods like apples. Ask the parish to donate items needed for the service project – this would be a great way for the parish to help your Edge ministry. At the conclusion of the night, recruit adult volunteers to drop off the bag lunches with you.
Also, since you will be closing with Adoration, invite a priest or deacon to be present to expose the Blessed Sacrament for your group.
Tonight’s Edge session was on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Normally we start with a game or activity, but tonight we started by making sandwiches for those in need. This was to help the youth understand that when we receive the Eucharist, we grow deeper with Christ and desire to serve those in need. The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of our faith. Jesus gives Himself completely to us in the Eucharist and we are invited to receive Him into our hearts and bodies as well. When we receive the Eucharist, our spiritual hunger is filled and we can go forth and serve others in need. In small group, your child discussed the importance of the Eucharist and together with his/her group came up with an Outreach Ministry – a ministry to help those in need. Here are some discussion questions:
- What did you learn about the Eucharist?
- Does your understanding of the Eucharist change the way you participate in Mass?
- Tell me about your Outreach Ministry. How could we as a family help others in need?
The environment for this night is simply the tables and supplies needed for the service project. It will be most effective if the tables are set up in lines similar to an assembly line. The Eucharist will be the center of this night so if you are having Adoration in the gathering space instead of the church then you will need an altar set-up as well. At the front of the room, using the large butcher paper found in schools, have two banners: “This is my body” and “This is my blood.”
• Supplies for bagged lunch: bread, peanut butter, jelly, fruit, drink (or other items you collect)
• Large butcher paper
• Handout A: “Litany of the Holy Eucharist”
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