This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is a combination of two feasts that were on the liturgical calendar previous to the Second Vatican Council (Corpus Christi and the Feast of the Precious Blood). Today’s solemnity is one of our most Catholic feasts; it expresses our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. It also gives us time to reflect upon what it means to be sent forth from Eucharist as the Body of Christ.
Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers and Grandfathers, and to all who serve in the various roles of father! Today we honor in a special way our fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, foster-fathers, God-fathers, adopted fathers, and spiritual fathers – both those who are living and those who have gone before us in faith. We pray in gratitude for their love, care, the faith they have passed on to us, and their presence in our lives. May God continue to bless them in countless ways!
This past Tuesday, there was great attendance by liturgical ministers for our first Evening of Reflection this summer. Forty-six individuals were present. In addition to that, I met with six of our musicians on Monday) which brings the total to 52. Would you believe that we have just as many more who serve in ministry who have yet to attend an on-going formation session? We are blessed to have so many parishioners committed to ministry within the parish. For those unable to attend this past week’s gathering, there will be two more scheduled: one on a weekday morning, and the other on a Saturday. Please watch the bulletin for further details.
This is the last (and 4th) weekend that notice of the intention to place Saint Matthew church, buildings, and grounds up for sale will be published. By the end of the week I will deliver the 4 bulletins to Bishop Cistone with a letter including any comments I received regarding the sale along with a request for permission to proceed with the next step in the process.
Next Sunday, after the 9:30 AM Mass which takes place here in church, there will be a potluck brunch and celebration at the parish office center hall on Carla Drive. All are invited to attend. Please see details in the bulletin article today. If you did not sign up at the Church entrances, please call in your rsvp to the parish office by Wednesday Noon (to ensure we have enough of the main dish for all who attend).
Blessings on your week!
Sr. Chris Gretka, CSJ