Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  As Catholics we believe in the real presence of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Because of this we have the utmost respect and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament when we receive it, when it is reserved in the tabernacle, and when we take it to the sick, the hospitalized, the homebound, and the dying.  We genuflect before the tabernacle out of adoration for the Christ who is present in the reserved sacrament.  We take seriously the words of Jesus who said, “Do this in memory of me,” at the Last Supper when he gave us the gift of himself.  Eucharist is the Bread of Life which sustains us as disciples of Christ, and as members of the Church, the Body of Christ.  We are called to become what we receive so that all whom we encounter may experience Christ and his love and compassion through us.  Being a Eucharistic people means that we are a people of thanksgiving and unity, unity that comes from inclusive love.  Let us reflect upon this great gift of Christ’s presence in our lives.  May we never take it for granted.  May we continue to deepen our appreciation for this wonderful gift of Eucharist!

Congratulations to our parish high school and college Graduates!  Many of them are joining us for the 9:30 AM Mass this weekend as we celebrate our annual Mass with the Graduates.  We wish them God’s richest blessings and we pray that they may find fulfilling employment opportunities to use their God-given gifts and talents.  Many of our grads are involved in liturgical ministry within the parish.  We thank them for placing their gifts at the service of the Church and community.  May the Lord bless them and keep them, make his face to shine upon them, be gracious to them and give them peace!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers for my sister, Diana Paige, her family, my mom, and my siblings throughout her struggle with cancer.  Your cards, texts, messages, calls, supportive words, and offers of assistance have been greatly appreciated.  Diana had a very aggressive form of cancer and encountered several complications throughout the course of  her treatment (including three surgeries).  The last few weeks were really rough for her, but never did I hear a complaint.  She bravely walked every step of the way with her doctors and our family.  She never wavered in her faith, and in the midst of it all, continued to smile and be filled with hope.  My family had some very special time with her these past weeks, including some one-on-one time.  I treasure deeply the time I was able to spend with her.  I will miss Diana very much but I know she is present to me in a new way, a spiritual way, without the boundaries of time and space.  I am very happy for her that she now is reunited with her husband, Doug, and with my dad whose death she took very hard 44 years ago.  Diana is a twin to my brother, David; he is taking her death very hard.  Please especially pray for him as you continue to pray for all of us who mourn Diana’s death.

Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ