This weekend we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi - the Body and Blood of Christ - which is the central belief of our Catholic Faith. For century after century the Church has sought ways in which to celebrate the abiding presence of Christ with us in the Eucharist, and from the twelfth century this has taken the forms of all those public acts of adoration that we know today. Throughout the Church this weekend we are given the opportunity to praise and adore our Lord who has wished to give Himself to us in this unique and remarkable way. By virtue of the Mass, Christ remains on earth; in the Blessed Eucharist Jesus is present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and remains at the centre of our Parishes in the Tabernacle even after the conclusion of Holy Mass. Today the doors of our Tabernacles are opened wide so that Jesus can be seen in all His beauty. We adore Him in the Mass, in exposition, and in the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. On this one Day in the year we carry our Lord in procession through our streets so that, just as He did when He walked on earth, he will make holy all those places where He passes. Do make a special effort to participate in our Eucharistic procession this Sunday afternoon together with all our First Communicants and their families. Through this Feast, let us ask the Good Jesus to have mercy on us and upon our homes and families.
This Monday evening we will show the second presentation in the Pivotal Players series of Bishop Robert Barron on the life of St Thomas Aquinas. These are excellent films introducing us to the lives of Saints and holy people in the history of the Church and how they help us still; do try to come along!
God bless you all!
Msgr Kevin Hale