“Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf?”
The simple questions St. Paul asks his Christian community at Corinth are directed to us on this great day for our Catholic community. The danger of routinely approaching the altar and receiving the Eucharist is shaken as we read his important questions.
People wait hours to catch a glimpse of a hero, a star or idol. Many thousands gather in St. Peter’s square weekly to see the Holy Father, hear his message and receive his blessing. But every time we meet for Mass, Jesus is present in the gift of the Eucharist. He is present for adoration in the tabernacle, waiting for our praise and thanksgiving. Jesus is truly present in this sacrament for He wanted to remain with us, and this is the way He chose to be here.
May we be reminded of this great gift of His presence as we enter our church. May we teach our children the need for respect and reverence as we celebrate each Mass. _____________________________
Welcome, Father Michael Kennedy! This morning we welcome back Father Michael Kennedy who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Trenton on June 3rd at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop David O’Connell, CM. Father Mike was with us as a seminarian during the summer of 2015, and we are so happy to welcome him back to celebrate the 11:30 Mass as a Mass of Thanksgiving on this beautiful feast of Corpus Christi. After Mass, please join us for a delicious Brunch downstairs in the parish center (hospitality Sunday), and receive a personal priestly blessing from Father Michael Kennedy. Ad multos annos, Fr. Mike, ….may you be blessed with many happy and holy years of priesthood!
Summer officially begins June 21! Two important reminders: First, Church etiquette concerning dress: Out of respect for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in our (and every) Catholic Church, and out of respect for the presence of Christ in each member of the Body of Christ, please dress appropriately and modestly for Mass. Let us give God our very best and that means the way we are attired when we come to participate in the Eucharistic Liturgy. Second, while you may be away for a well-deserved vacation, please remember that your parish has bills to pay and upkeep and repairs to tend to on our campus. If you are away, please make up your Sunday offering when you return. Thank you and have a restful and refreshing summer!… Enjoy this Father’ Day, have a wonderful week, and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my homily at today:
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish