This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. This Solemnity has been celebrated since 1246 A.D. in honor of the Eucharist. Polls in recent decades have shown that many Catholics do not believe that the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the Body and Blood of the Risen Lord Jesus under the forms of bread and wine.
Many would say that we are suffering from a lack of reverence for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. So I would like to offer the following reminders about the Sacrament of the Eucharist:
We should wear our best clothes at Sunday Mass. We would do that if the President or some other world-renown figure were visiting our Parish. When approaching to receive the Sacrament during Holy Communion, we should be reverent, and not giving “high-fives” to others; we are about to receive this great gift that God has given us. The Eucharist is made possible only by the
suffering and death of God’s Only-Begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Personally, before I was ordained, I always said the Act of Contrition as I was in the Communion line approaching to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. I should say that I was not being scrupulous; I was moved by so great a gift and mystery which God gives to us.
We may receive Holy Communion on the tongue (the “ordinary form”), or on the hand (the “extraordinary form”). If one receives on the hand, they should extend their dominant hand out with their non-dominant hand underneath, so that they are receiving the Eucharist, and not grabbing It with one hand. Also, I must stress: One must consume the Eucharist immediately upon receiving, right in front of the [Extraordinary] Eucharistic Minister. While not common, recently there have been individuals literally selling Consecrated Hosts on the internet. This is sacrilegious, and a grave, serious sin. Anyone who intentionally walks away with the Eucharist, taking it outside the Church, is automatically excommunicated (unless it is an authorized Minister of Care taking the Eucharist to the sick/homebound).
This week Fr. Mike Owen will visit OLH, and possibly help out with some Masses. He will begin a new assignment in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida on July 1st. Also, I’m pleased to announce that our beloved Fr. Charles Ssennyondo of Uganda will visit us over the summer. He will arrive sometime on
July 2nd, and depart on September 7th. However, I don’t know his schedule while he will be staying here. Please give warm welcomes to both Fr. Charles and Fr. Mike!
Earlier on this Saturday (June 22nd), we celebrated our annual Our Mother of Perpetual Help Mass here at Our Lady of Humility. We were blessed to have recently-ordained Priest Fr. Samuel Tan concelebrate and give the homily. Many of you know him and his family. I am grateful for his presence here; his vocation is truly a gift. Special thanks also to OLH Parishioner Winnie Webber for coordinating the Mass, and thanks to the Lake County Filipino Choir for providing the music.
This Sunday, June 23rd, we will have a Holy Hour celebrating the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ at 7PM in the Church, concluding at 8PM with Benediction. All are invited.
This weekend at all of the Masses we will have our annual Renewal of Marriage Vows at all of the Masses. This is an opportunity to reflect on the mystery of marriage which is supposed to be a reflection of the love of God in the world. God Bless,
Let us pray for all married couples.