Pastor’s Desk: June 23 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Today we are gathered at the Eucharist to celebrate the meaning of the Eucharist. Today’s solemnity is called the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Let us pay particular attention to the words and gestures at today’s Mass, and when it comes time for Communion, let us approach the altar with joy in our hearts and gratitude for this gift of the Eucharist.

 We collected $1,759.51 from the recent collection taken up for the healthcare, wellness, and retirement for the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Thank you for your generosity.

Our Grand Re-Opening of Fearon Hall will be held next Saturday, June 29th after the 5:00 Mass.  The parish will provide a simple meal of hot dogs, burgers, and chips. Soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.  Once again we are asking our parishioners to bring a dessert to share.  The Big Cash Raffle is back as well!  Tickets are available for purchase ($20.00 each or 3 for $50.00), with a grand prize of $2,500.00! Raffle tickets can be purchased in the vestibule after all masses this weekend.

The Peter’s Pence Collection (which will be taken up next weekend) has ancient roots that reach all the way back to New Testament times.  The early Christians provided material support that the disciples—those preaching the Gospel—could distribute to those in need (see Acts 4:34-35, 11:20).  Today the Peter’s Pence Collection is the way we, as members of the Catholic Church, unite ourselves to the concerns of the Holy Father.  Donations to this collection support the charitable works of Pope Francis for the relief of those most in need.  There are flyers at the exits.

Hope to see you all at our Grand Re-Opening next Saturday!

God bless you.

Fr. Stan

June 23 Chimes

 

THIS SACRED MEAL

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Each of the readings includes a blessing and a sharing of food. They remind us of the central place of meals in our lives. Each meal brings to mind other meals: the sharing of cookies and milk, pizza and beer, loaves and fishes, bread and wine. When we prepare a meal for our family, our friends, even strangers, we always put something of ourselves into the preparation and the meal itself. The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ reminds us of what God put into the preparation for this meal that we celebrate today. We share this sacred meal and are transformed as we remember the death of Jesus and the sacrifice that nurtures our faith, sustains our lives and supports our work.

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