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A New Week – June 11, 2023

The most important thing we do as a parish family is our celebration of the Sunday Eucharist. We are so blessed that we have many organizations and ministries and committees, a fine school, and so many opportunities for faith formation, but without the Eucharist at the center of our parish life, those mean nothing.  

We are in the midst of a national Eucharistic revival, which will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress scheduled to take place in Indianapolis in July 2024.  This weekend, we renew and strengthen our dedication to the Eucharist as we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ. This feast combines the old feasts of Corpus Christi and the Most Precious Blood into one feast day that celebrates the great gift of the Eucharist, Christ’s body and blood, soul and divinity. On Holy Thursday, we remember the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus on the night before he died, but our joy at that gift seems overshadowed by the somberness of those days of Holy Week. So on this great feast we are filled with joy and gratitude at Christ’s continued presence in the Eucharist!

This feast should inspire all of us to re-evaluate our love, appreciation, and respect for the Eucharist that we celebrate and share every Sunday, not simply the consecrated host, but the liturgy that unites is and sends us forth to be Christ’s body, the Church. To help promote our full, active, and conscious participation in the Eucharist, may I propose a few questions for our reflection at the beginning of this new week, a “Eucharistic examination of conscience”, if you will… 

For each and every one of us, the answer to that final question is yes… and today is the day!

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!

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