June 14th Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,

Please remember social distancing of at least 6 feet and wearing a mask in church and following the directions of the ushers for coming up for Communion.

This weekend we celebrate the solemn feast called Corpus Christi which translates from Latin to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We will have Benediction after the 10:30 p.m. Mass, however, it will be different from any other year. Because of the coronavirus there will be no singing and no procession, nevertheless, the Eucharist will be in front of us and with us and in us. Let us pray for safety and for increased faith and for Christ’s presence always in our lives. Three quotes of Jesus come to mind as I write this: “I am the living bread,” “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,” and “Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” None of this makes any sense if one attempts to understand it literally. What is being described here is a spiritual reality. It is a sacred presence that mediates the bread that came down from heaven. It is what many Christians and Catholics have come to understand as the Eucharist. Unlike the sacred manna which also came down from heaven and nourished but could not sustain eternally, this bread from heaven provides eternal life. From the very beginning, believing Christians have understood the Eucharist as primarily the mystery of faith. As such it cannot be understood outside this perspective of faith. Many, many years ago while traveling around the country on vacation I visited Corpus Christi, Texas. I will never forget it – it was 105° and so to keep cool I kept walking into stores. I came across the store called Christ’s Gifts. The store was full of paintings, images, statues, crucifixes, cups, and anything you can imagine with the face of Christ. I even bought one of those faces. I wonder if the residents know what Corpus Christi means, I presume they all do. Jesus in the monstrance is truly present to us not just an image. I always laughed when children called the monstrance – the “monster”.

We are getting estimates on the tuck-pointing that needs to be done above the doorway on the north side of the church above the handicapped ramp. Also, we need the steps in front of the church to be tightened or tucked pointed or whatever you call it to fix them. Here’s hoping it won’t be too expensive, but as you know it’s an old building.

A little humor for the weekend:

Louie was shipwrecked and lived alone on a desert island for years until he was finally rescued. Before leaving the island, he gave the rescue party a tour. “I built myself a house. That’s it there. Here’s the barn, and over here is the church I worshipped in,” he said. “What’s that building over there?” one of the rescuers asked. Louie sneered. “That’s the church I used to belong to.”

With Him and His Mom,

Fr. Bob