Today we celebrate the great feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus! In years without a pandemic, this celebration would include a procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament. I dream of the day when we are able to once again observe the 40 hours celebration. We have several steps and some growth in faith before our pastoral region is prepared to honor God in this way. I say – not often enough – that the Body and Blood of Jesus that we receive in the Eucharist is the greatest gift that God gives us this side of heaven.
For that reason, I am excited for those who will receive this gift for the first time this weekend and in the weeks ahead! On Saturday the members of the Elect who have been preparing through RCIA receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. The would have received the sacraments at the Easter vigil. We rejoice with them now.
Our second graders have always received Holy Communion for the first time during the Easter season (late April and May). This year that was not a possibility. St. Joseph will have their First Communion next Sunday and St. Peter’s the Sunday after. St. Julie’s youngsters who are eager for Christ will be making their first Communion this weekend and next.
Please pray that our newly baptized and our young disciples continue to grow in their love for Jesus and for his Church.
Our parish is hosting discussion groups in response to the death of George Floyd. We will be reflecting on the U.S. bishops’ document: Open Wide Our Hearts. The first discussion will be this Wednesday. See inside for more information.
Let Jesus Christ be your anchor and Mary your safe harbor.
Christ’s peace be with you,