Voices of Faith

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

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Dear Friends:

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ as an opportunity to ponder the mystery of Jesus’ Real Presence to us as we celebrate the Mass. The Word “Eucharist” is the Greek word that means “to give thanks.” Literally, we give thanks today for the way in which we encounter Jesus in “giving thanks.” It is a great gift to us that God chooses to be present to us in such a tangible yet mysterious way: under signs of bread and wine, he literally gives his Body and sheds his Blood for us. We often say that love is found in the little things… receiving Holy Communion is certainly an experience of that. A simple morsel of bread (the host) and a sip of wine become so much more for us: the very love of the God who lays down his life on the cross for our sake.

I invite you to join me for some time of adoration—to contemplate the gift of this mystery and give thanks for God’s love for us—this Sunday beginning at the end of the 12 noon Mass, as we offer a Holy Hour on the occasion of this feast day. The hour will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 pm.

Before we hit the real start of summer, the next few weeks will be quite busy for us all. The month of June is marked by many ritual moments around our students and graduates as the school year draws to a close. Let us pray for all of our young people as they face final projects and exams, and for all our graduates as they move on to the “next chapters” in their lives.

This is the final week to take part in our parish survey. You can find it at www.sjpmd.org/survey. We need your feedback about how we are doing and where we are going as a parish community. If you haven’t taken it yet, let your voice be heard. Thanks for your input as we continue to discern our future goals!

God’s peace to you this week,

Fr. Rick