Congratulations to our anniversary couples! On Thursday of this week we celebrated Saints who were a married couple: Anne and Joachim, the parents of Mary. At Masses this weekend we had a blessing for married couples. Special anniversaries (1, 5, 25, 30, etc.) were recognized at St. Julie Billiart’s adult dinner and will be recognized at St. Peter in Chains parish picnic next weekend. The faithfulness of Christian marriages – in good times and in bad – is an invaluable part of our witness to God’s unconditional love. For that reason I am thankful for our married couples. It also concerns me that, as of now, very few engaged couples have asked to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in 2019.
In our gospel Jesus multiplies the loaves and fishes to feed the 5000. It is a clear anticipation of the Eucharist. How easy it is to forget how tremendous a gift we have been given! A Protestant pastor once said, “If I believed what the Catholics do about the Eucharist, I would approach on my knees.” Do we have the same measure of devotion? I invite you to consider celebrating this great gift one of two ways. First, you can learn more about the Eucharist (and meet catechumens) as they view “Presence” at Dot’s House on the last Sunday of July, August, and September (10:30-11:30am). Once subscribed to FORMED, you can also view “Presence” from your home. Second, you can serve others out of your love for the Eucharist as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, bringing it to the homebound, to nursing homes, or to shut-ins. Contact the parish office if you are interested in this important work of mercy.