Eucharistic Crusade

Enrollment ceremony 2017

What is the Eucharistic Crusade?
The Eucharistic Crusade is a Church organisation for children (7 to 17 years). Its primary purpose is to encourage children to pray for their own sanctification and for the needs of the Catholic Church. It is, therefore, both a work of piety and an apostolate. As its name suggests, the Crusade evokes a spirit of combat; primarily against personal vice, and then against the reign of Satan in order to snatch souls from Hell that they may be at the service of Jesus Christ. The necessary supernatural strength for this fight is drawn from the regular, or even daily, frequentation of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

History of the Eucharistic Crusade
This Crusade of children is not a new institution; its spirit is to be found in the decree Quam Singulari of St. Pius X (8th August 1910), who allowed young children to approach the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist after they had reached the age of reason. It was officially founded in 1917 by a French priest called Fr. Bessières with the permission of Pope Benedict XV.

During the First World War, Fr. Bessières encouraged children from a French girls’ school to support the soldiers on the frontline by promising prayers and Holy Communions offered up for victory and the restoration of Christianity inside their country; and they recorded their little treasure by noting their efforts made every day.

Rebirth of the Eucharistic Crusade
Deploring the abandonment of the Eucharistic Crusade since the Second Vatican Council, and convinced that this movement had an important role to play for the good of the Church, the priests and seminarians at Ecône decided to re-establish the Eucharistic Crusade in the 1980s. The movement, intended for the innocent, is an antidote to the corrupt morals of society today; the supernatural power of innocent children being the antithesis to the pride and self-sufficiency of modern man.

The Irish Crusader Magazine
The magazine of the Crusade in Ireland is called The Irish Crusader. It was originally called Hostia, meaning Host or Victim, because the strength of the Crusaders comes from devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Through stories, instructions and games, The Irish Crusader magazine helps children to realise the motto and the ideals of the Eucharistic Crusade:

  • PRAY
  • RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
  • MAKE SACRIFICES
  • BE AN APOSTLE!

In this little monthly magazine, the Crusader finds plenty of advice and encouragement to be a good and brave soldier of Christ. 

To subscribe to the magazine, fill out this form and send it in.

For more information, please send a request to the Eucharistic Crusade Chaplain,  Rev. Fr. Marcel Ockerse [email protected]

Becoming a member

1. How can my child can become a member of the Eucharistic Crusade? 
A child is introduced to the Eucharistic Crusade when he subscribes to the monthly Magazine, The Irish Crusader , and attends the meetings of the Crusade. A child becomes a fully fledged member of the Eucharistic Crusade when he is officially received in one of the three Degrees of the Crusade, namely PAGE, CRUSADER or KNIGHT (HANDMAID for girls).

2. What are the obligations of a member of the Eucharistic Crusade?
The basic obligations, common to all levels:

  • to say the morning offering, with the "intention of the month" given in the bulletin;
  • to fill out and send out the total of the Month's Treasure Sheet 

The special obligations proper to each degree are as follows:

PAGES

(a) usual morning & night prayers.

CRUSADERS

(a) usual morning & night prayers,

(b) pray at least two decades of the rosary each day,
(c) receive Holy Communion at least every Sunday, whenever possible,
(d) go to Confession at least once a month
(e) make a Sacrifice each day and
(f) fight against one's dominant fault.

KNIGHTS & HANDMAIDS

(a) usual morning & night prayers,
(b) pray five decades of the Rosary each day, 
(c) receive Holy Communion at least every Sunday, whenever possible,
(d) go to confession every second week,
(e) make a daily Spiritual Communion, or make a daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament,
(f) do 15 minutes of meditation each day,
(g) make a Sacrifice each day and
(h) fight against one's dominant fault.

(Members do not have to recite their prayers again if they are already part of the family prayers)

3. Are these obligations binding under pain of sin?   
No.

4. When and where do members have to send their completed monthly treasure sheets?
Please send by post before the 10th day of each month to:

Eucharistic Crusade
12 Tivoli Terrace S
Dun Laoghaire
County Dublin

5. What to do with late treasure sheets? 
Send them anyway! The totals will be included in the total of the previous month.

Contact the chaplain for Ireland at [email protected]
 

Click here to view the Application form for the Eucharistic Crusade Summer Camp 2018 

Click here to view the SSPX Crusader Camp Spirit of the Camp information for parents