Mass Theme

June 23rd ✙ The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Readings for June 23rd, 2019

       WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD journeying in faith towards the Promised Land of eternal life. We need food for our journey. We receive this food in the Eucharist. Here we are fed with food far more precious than the manna which sustained the Israelites in the desert. Here Christ nourishes us with the word of God and the bread of eternal life.
        Lord Jesus, you nourish our minds with the bread of faith. Lord, have mercy.
        You nourish our spirits with the bread of hope. Christ, have mercy.
        You nourish our hearts with the bread of love. Lord, have mercy.

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Prayers

MONDAY, June 24: Intention of Olga Rossetto, by Jan Weldon
TUESDAY June 25: Intention of Fr. John Myles by Jan Weldon
WEDNESDAY June 26:✟ Chiara Tadina, by the Tadina Family
FRIDAY June 28 : ✟ Tony & Elanor Ackerman

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Prayer List....

Your prayers are requested for these Parishioners and Friends

Nellie Del Nero Jim Mathews
Sandy Zan Patti Summers
Rebecca Weston Sarah Bryan
Mary Ann Bader John McAvoy
Lynn Lockett Joe Bonchonsky
Denny Heikura Charles Ely
John Del' Amico Joe Spini
Barbara Entwisle Kitty Lyons
Marilyn Brickett Ed Flynn
Lori Wise Robert & Cathy Neptune
Janet Renon Steve Smith
Esther Aw Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado

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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano, Army SSG Trevor Oxman
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Brian Tucker
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Commander Michael Quigley, US Army Nick Kennedy, US Navy
Kristin Chapman, USAF James Chapman
Sarah Manley, USAF Seamus Weston
Andy Harrison, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Nickolaus Swanson Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr. Roy Walters

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Reflections

The New Covenant

       Among some prehistoric people there was a custom of sealing treaties in blood. For example, some Native Americans used a "blood brother" ritual.
       Moses created such a rite to ratify God's treaty or Covenant with Israel. This involved the slaying of several bulls and throwing their blood on the people.
        Paul interprets the Communion cup as a parallel to this event. His description of the Last Supper predates the Gospels and probably influenced Eucharistic theology.

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Remembering

       Jesus said to his apostles: "Do this in memory of me." We all love to be remembered. This was true even for Jesus. But if we want to be remembered, we have a duty also to remember.
        Memory is a powerful thing. Wrongly used it brings death; rightly used it brings life, and is a form of immortality. It keeps the past alive. Those we remember never die; they continue to walk and talk with us.
        Lord, when we celebrate the Eucharist we are remembering you. May that remembering bring us life here and hereafter.

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

What is the Holy Mass or Eucharist ?

It is the source and summit of the Christian life. The origins are found in the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his Apostles. “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying ‘This is my body which will be given for you, do this in memory of me.’” (Luke 22:19)
Different Terms of the Holy Mass to illustrate it’s saving grace: The Breaking of the Bread; the Lord’s Supper; The Eucharistic Assembly; the Memorial of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; the Holy and Divine Liturgy; Holy Communion. Four Major Parts:
1. The Introductory Rites
2. The Liturgy of the Word
3. The Liturgy of the Eucharist
4. The Concluding Rites
Mass Books: The Book of the Gospel contains only the Gospel readings used on solemn occasions and is carried by the Deacon or in his absence, the reader. The Lectionary contains the scripture readings for the mass. The Sacramentary contains the opening prayer, prayer over the Gifts, prayer after Communion, solemn Blessings, Eucharistic prayers, and Prefaces.

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Relics of Corpus Christi

       In 1263, Fr. Peter of Prague, made a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in Bolsena, Italy, to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Christina. At the time he was having doubts about Jesus being truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. He was affected by the growing debate among certain theologians who, for the first time in the history of the Church, were doubting the Body and Blood of Christ being actually present in the consecrated bread and wine.
        When he recited the prayer of consecration as he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, blood started seeping from the consecrated host and onto the altar and corporal.
        Fr. Peter reported this miracle to Pope Urban IV, who at the time was nearby in Orvieto. The pope sent delegates to investigate and ordered that host and blood-stained corporal be brought to Orvieto. The relics were then placed in the Cathedral of Orvieto, in Umbria, Italy, where they remain today

Cathedral of Orvieto in Umbria, Italy

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