Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew the Apostle,

This Sunday is Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. We celebrate the institution of the Eucharist at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. The reality that the Church places another Feast of the Eucharist two months later is a sign of the central significance of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist in our lives. The Church calls it the "source and summit" of our life in Christ. This Solemnity of Corpus Christi is another opportunity to live this truth more deeply.

We will end the 12:30 PM Sunday Mass with a Eucharistic Procession through the campus of St. Andrew the Apostle and ending once more in the church for Benediction. I encourage all to attend! It is a great witness of our love for Jesus Christ as we gather behind him in prayer and adoration, offering songs of worship and praise as we follow Christ faithfully. It is a time of joy and gratitude, solemnity and honor. In advance, I thank all of the individuals and groups who have come together to plan this glorious procession. It promises to be beautiful.

Tonight, Saturday, June 18th, we will host a presentation entitled "The Science and Significance of Eucharistic Miracles in Hannan Hall following the 5:30 PM Mass. The presentation will be preceded by pizza and drinks. It is a fitting way to celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi by learning of the miracles that have shown the Real Presence of Christ's Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

Of course, there is a miracle at the transubstantiation of the bread and the wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ at every Mass. The Eucharistic miracles give us a revelation into this hidden mystery as an aid to our faith. We thank God for this gift and ask for an increase of faith that we are not blind to this essential and central mystery.

This week is unique in that there are three Solemnities: Corpus Christi on Sunday, the Nativity of John the Baptist on Thursday, and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday. As always, I encourage those who are able to attend Mass on these days if your schedule allows, to celebrate along with the calendar of our Universal Church. In addition to these three solemnities, on Wednesday we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Thomas More, the patron of the Diocese of Arlington. This is a special feast for we who live in this Diocese, and if you are able, it would be fitting to make a pilgrimage to our Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Then, on the Saturday after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, we have the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is truly a rich blessing of important feasts in our local and universal Church and I hope that you can partake in the worship.

Sunday is Father's Day. Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer, the "Our Father," in which we recognize the source of all fatherhood - God. The Church also offers us the witness of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Mother and foster father of Jesus Christ, as a model of how a father loves, sacrifices, educates, and protects his family by responding to God's will with humility, faith, and generosity. We pray for all fathers this day and thank them for all they have done for those under their care. May the Lord continue to bless them and work through them to guide His children to salvation.

Fr. Smith and I thank those of you who have remembered us for our spiritual fatherhood at this time. There is a reality that once you are ordained a priest, you are taken from your family and given to the families of all that you serve. It's a beautiful truth, although on a personal level difficult to always grasp and live. It exists through our ordination into the person of Jesus Christ who lives through us. He, the Good Shepherd, is the source and strength of our fatherhood, and so we pray that we may live it out with love and grace for all of you at St. Andrew's.

Our parish is featured in the current Arlington Catholic Herald! If given the opportunity, we could have offered them twenty times the information they asked for. As it is, they still truncated all we wanted to say about how wonderful St. Andrew's is. Thank you for making our parish a place of blessing, and may we continue to grow in our faith, hope, and charity in the years to come.

One final note, our parish office is closed on Monday for the observation of the federal holiday of Juneteenth. As on all holidays, the parish office will be closed, there will be no Eucharistic Adoration. The church will be open and Masses will be at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. However, please note that there will be no water on the parish campus as the main supply must be shut off for renovations. All of the bathrooms will be inoperable throughout the parish campus. We apologize for the inconvenience. Everything will be back to normal on Tuesday.

Happy Father's Day to our fathers. Please pray for me and know of my prayers for you!

´╗┐In Christ,
Fr. Wagner