The first ever I Thirst Orange County, a day of prayer, music, teaching and celebration, takes place at Christ Cathedral on Saturday, Nov. 19, kicking off a three-year, 21-city Evangelical tour known as Jesus Thirsts for America.
Deacon Steve Greco, I Thirst organizer and director of evangelization and faith formation at the Diocese of Orange, describes Jesus Thirsts for America as a Eucharistic revival, giving many Catholics the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ in a unique way, while enhancing their prayer life and inspiring devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Deacon Greco said he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to be a messenger for the Lord through I Thirst Orange County. Jesus Thirsts for America, and other religious events that take place on a grand scale are needed now more than ever, said Deacon Greco, who is also president of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry, which engages in evangelization and support of the foreign missions.
“All you have to do is look at the society we are in right now, how many people are not going to church,” Deacon Greco said. “People who say they don’t believe in God is at an all-time high in our lifetimes. There needs to be almost a counter approach to what the world is offering, and this is, I believe, a great opportunity for that.”
I Thirst activities will take place in English, Vietnamese and Spanish.
The day will begin at the arboretum, starting with music ministry at 8 a.m. followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Timothy Freyer at 8:30 a.m.
Following Mass, Bishop Freyer will oversee Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Speakers for I Thirst include FatherRobert Spitzer, president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, and founder of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, a nonprofit serving parishes, members of the clergy and educators.
The topic of Fr. Spitzer’s talk is, “The Holy Eucharist, Miracles and Devotion….”
The above comes from a Nov. 9 posting in OC Catholic.