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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Convocation of Priests

All active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend a week-long Archdiocesan Convocation of Priests in Columbus from Monday, June 19 to Thursday, June 22.  That is this Monday (tomorrow) until late Thursday evening.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day at the regular Mass times.  Funerals must of necessity be delayed. 


Fr. Adam named Pastor of Adams County Parishes

I am pleased to announce that it is official.  As Dean of the
Hamilton Deanery I have received a copy of the appointment by the Archbishop of Fr. Adam Puntel as pastor of St. Mary Queen of Heaven, Peebles and Holy Trinity, West Union.  I am very sorry to lose Fr. Adam as our Sunday Celebrant, but I am also grateful for the time he shared his ministry with us.  He is a very good man and a very good priest.  I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will work through him to produce great things in Adams County.  Please support him with your prayers.

St. Ann will host a going away reception from Fr. Adam after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann on June 18.  Sacred Heart will do the same on June 25. 


Sunday Celebrant for St. Ann and Sacred Heart

I have spoken to an old friend of mine from seminary days who recently retired.  He was ordained two years before me in 1975.  He has indicated to me via the telephone that he is willing to help us keep the existing Sunday Mass schedule at St. Ann and Sacred Heart.  Nothing is official as yet, but it seems we may have a solution for the loss of Fr. Adam.  More information will follow as plans are formalized through Bishop Binzer.


Reflection on Scripture

The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is often referred to by its Latin name: “Corpus Christi.”   You might be wondering why we have this feast in addition to the institution of the Eucharist which we celebrate every Holy Thursday.  One answer is that Holy Thursday celebrates the event of the institution of the Eucharist in the context of the Sacred Triduum, while the Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the gift that makes us the Mystical Body of Christ.  The Body of Christ is not just what we receive, it defines who we are as members of the Church.

Five days after Corpus Christi, we celebrate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The wounded head, the wounded hands, the wounded heart, and the wounded feet of Jesus remind us of the magnificence of God’s love for us.  And we become extensions of Christ’s love through the mystery of the Eucharist by which we become the Mystical Body of Christ


Readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer 20:10-13

Rom 5:12-15

Mt 10:26-33

Theme:   Jesus is watching!



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