This Sunday we observe the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Church proposes this feast to us as a way to give special honor to Jesus present to us in the Eucharist. Jesus has given us his Body and Blood in this special sacrament.
In light of the meaning of this special feast, I would like to mention a few things that seem appropriate to stress as we are now beginning to emerge from this global pandemic. My first thought concerns being present to celebrate Mass together. While the bishop is still giving a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, I think it is important to realize that watching Mass on TV or online is not the same as celebrating the Mass. During the lockdown, it was an alternative to keep people safe. For some people, due to compromised health or sickness, it is still an alternative. But I hasten to add that is not the same as being present with the community and celebrating the mystery of the Eucharist.
I suspect that there are some people who go to the grocery store, sporting events and restaurants, and yet excuse themselves from Mass. I believe that our indoor and outdoor Masses provide alternatives for most people to return to in person Masses. We will continue to offer online Masses for those who are genuinely unable to be present for Mass.
Of course, one of the things missing from “watching Mass from home” is the opportunity to receive Christ in Holy Communion. That action is the culmination of our praise and thanksgiving in the celebration of the Eucharist. It is the focus of this Sunday’s feast.
I have included an article below entitled “Eucharist Is a Verb.” It stresses the fact that the Eucharist is something that we DO, not just watch. Our active participation includes praying as a community, joining in song together, and lifting our hearts up to the Lord. I encourage all our parishioners to join in the prayers and singing at Mass.
We will continue to offer a safe environment in which to offer the Mass as a community. Over the last months, many people have come up to me and told me, “Today is my first day back.” To all of you I say, “Welcome back!”
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Live recording of Pange Lingua a Eucharistic hymn whose lyrics were composed by Saint Thomas Aquinas. This version is performed by Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier at Garnisonskirken in Copenhagen, March 20, 2016. The last two verses are what we often sing as the Tantum Ergo.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
On the second weekend of this month (June 12-13), we will once again offer General Confession and General Absolution at all the Masses. It is also offered at both Masses every Friday morning. Individual confession is available every Wednesday at 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.
The church must work to root out and dismantle racism, bishop says.
As you know, this year has been designated as the Year of Saint Joseph. With Fathers’ Day in a few weeks, you may want to pray this Prayer for Fathers that was written by Pope St. John XXIII while he was our Holy Father.
"Catholic Trivia”... not because they are trivial but because these might be things that not everyone knows. Test your knowledge by reading the five questions, remember your answers (or jot them down), then click the link below to find the answers.
What is the traditional Latin name of this week’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ?
On what day(s) is this liturgical feast celebrated?
When was this feast established?
Which New Testament books include the description (“Institution Narrative”) of Jesus giving the Eucharist to his disciples?
We profess that Jesus is really present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. When was this declared by the Church?
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The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Year B
The covenant is established between God and the people.
God brings salvation.
Christ is the mediator of the newcovenant.
Jesus shares his Last Supper with his disciples.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, the Latin words for “the Body of Christ.” In the most recent revision of our liturgical rites, the name for this day is expanded to be a more complete reflection of our Eucharistic theology.
In our reading for today, we read the account of the Last Supper found in the Gospel of Mark. It begins with the instructions that Jesus gave to his disciples to prepare their Passover celebration. It then goes on to give an account of the Last Supper. On this Sunday, however, our Lectionary reading omits the verses between these two passages; in those omitted verses we hear Jesus predict his betrayal by one of his disciples.
The Gospel of Mark describes Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples as a celebration of the Jewish feast of Passover. The Jewish celebration of Passover is a memorial to and a ritual participation in the defining moment of Israel’s history. It celebrates God’s deliverance of his people from slavery in Egypt. The Passover meal includes many ritually important elements, such as unleavened bread, lamb, and bitter herbs. Each food item recalls an aspect of the Exodus event. The instructions for the preparation of this meal are carefully prescribed in the Law of Moses. It is a central obligation of the Jewish faith tradition to celebrate this meal and to give thanks to God for his deliverance and protection.
In the description of the Passover meal found in today’s Gospel, however, Mark omits many elements of the Jewish Passover meal. Instead he describes only those elements he believes to be most essential to the Christian Eucharist: Jesus took bread, blessed the bread, broke the bread, and shared it with his disciples. Similar words and actions follow as Jesus shares the chalice with his disciples. This bread now shared is Jesus’ own body. Those who drink from the chalice are invited to share in a new covenant which will be sealed by Jesus’ own blood. Mark’s Eucharistic theology looks forward to the Kingdom of God that Jesus inaugurates.
The Gospel for today reminds us that the Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We believe that Jesus is truly present to us in the elements of bread and wine. Each time we celebrate this sacrament, we prepare for the Kingdom of God. This celebration, as the Second Vatican Council taught us, is the source and summit of the Christian life.
Latin lyrics: Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.
English lyrics: Where there is charity and love, where there is charity, there is God.
The arrangement comes from the monastic community of Taize.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
“Esta es mi sangre, sangre de alianza, que se derrama por todos.” Escuchamos estas palabras en cada misa, mencionadas por el sacerdote en la Oración Eucarística, mientras que el Pueblo está de rodillas, recordando esas palabras especiales que nos hablan y invitan a una Alianza Nueva. La Iglesia enseña que “la Eucaristía es la fuente y culmen de la vida cristiana (CIC #1324)”. O sea que todo va hacía el Altar y fluye de allí mismo. En nuestra vida cotidiana, todo va y viene del Altar, poniendo nuestra esperanza y confianza en Dios que es fiel y nos da todo lo que necesitamos para vivir como sus hijas e hijas, aun en momentos que parece que ya no podemos seguir en nuestro camino. La próxima vez que vayamos a misa y estamos minutos de recibir la Eucaristía, reflexiona, “¿Qué es lo que Jesús quiere por mí y de mí?” Otro punto, al recibir la Eucaristía es un privilegio y también un compromiso. Nos compromete a llevar el respeto y amor con todos, especialmente esos que mas lo necesitan. “Quienes son esas personas que más necesitan ver y sentir el respeto y amor de Dios? Allí entramos tu y yo.
Por favor haga clic en los enlaces indicados. Espero que les ayude en sus momentos de reflexión.
Hablemos de su Cuerpo y su Sangre
Religious Education & Family Ministry
(PreK – 8th grade)
Planning for the 2021-2022 School year
For the coming school year, we plan to offer a blended program of weekly classes or at home learning with digital and printed resources to engage students and parents to know, live, and grow in their faith.
Families can choose for their children to attend weekly in-person classes. There will be a Sunday morning or Wednesday afternoon option for students in grades Kindergarten to Jr. High school.
Families that will choose the at-home learning option will be given the materials to review as a family and will gather for monthly family catechesis sessions in the parish center.
More details and registration information coming forth soon. Registration opens in July.
ESQUINA DE SALUD MENTAL
Comprendiendo el Espectro de la Esquizofrenia y Otros Trastornos Psicóticos
Estos dos archivos adjuntos tratan el tema de la esquizofrenia. El primero es un artículo de Lorena Ramirez sobre el tema. El segundo es un folleto con más información. Haga clic para abrir y leer.
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