The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Jun 1, 2018
From the Desk of Father Tharp
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Friday after Corpus Christi Sunday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The contemporary devotion began with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque but reflects upon the story of the soldier opening the side of Jesus on the cross to be sure he was dead, and blood and water flowed out. The symbol is also used for the Divine Mercy Sunday. The devotion is confined primarily to the Roman Catholic tradition but is sometimes modified for use in some Protestant High Church settings. At St. Ann, we will celebrate the feast at the regular 8:00 a.m. Mass.
Vacation Bible School
This year Sacred Heart will join St. Ann in our Pastoral Region Vacation Bible School to take place at St. Ann. We are now registering students for VBS. Please see registration process defined in this bulletin.
Reflection on Scripture
The Feast of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) has been established by the Church to enhance what we celebrate every Holy Thursday. On Holy Thursday we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we celebrate who we are in the Eucharist. I have so often heard from “cradle Catholics” that they do not really understand what the Church means by the “Real Presence.” Transubstantiation is not just a fancy philosophical term. It is the most empowering gift we will ever know in this world. If we recognize that the unleavened bread by the power of the Holy Spirit becomes the real presence (body and blood; soul and divinity) of Jesus Christ, and we take this gift into ourselves, then we are the “mystical body of Christ” in this world. If we recognize the cup as containing the true presence of the Blood of Christ, and we consume it, then we are all blood relatives (family) in the Blood of Christ.
Partake of the Eucharist in faith, live the Eucharist everyday wherever you are, and BE what you have received.
Readings for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Cor 4:13—5:1
Theme: “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."