Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. We celebrate our belief that Christ is truly present, body and soul, in the Blessed Sacrament, the consecrated bread and wine that we receive at Mass. The Risen Jesus continues to remain in the consecrated bread that has become His body and is reserved in the tabernacle. This is why we genuflect to the tabernacle in reference to His presence. This is an essential article of our Catholic faith that we give our assent. We give our consent when we come to receive Communion and say Amen, which means I believe. Through this Sacrament, we are also gathered into His body and then become one with Him and one with each other. We, thus, become the Church – Christ’s mystical body. Accordingly, our reception of Holy Communion and our “Amen” is acceptance of the Catholic Church and her teachings. This is why one must first be a Catholic before one receives Holy Communion. If you know of someone who is ready to make this step, please have them contact our parish office. We will be glad to talk with them.
Please remember our parish feast day celebration this Friday, June 28th. Bishop Brennan will be here to celebrate Mass at 6:00 p.m. He will be joined by past priests of the parish. Following the Mass and a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, there will be a potluck dinner. I hope you are there.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem