Sunday, June 10, 2007

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Today, we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

This feast celebrates the gift of the Eucharist. In St. John 6, we read of the promise of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, as the Gospels of St. Matthew, Mark and Luke testify, Jesus fulfilled his promise by giving his disciples His Body and Blood under the form of bread and wine. He then told them "Do this in memory of me." As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus, not a symbol. During Mass, the bread and wine that are placed on the altar become the Body and Blood of Jesus as the priest recites the words used by Jesus at the Last Supper. It is the food of our souls, nourishing us to eternal life. May we receive Holy Communion with great devotion, appreciation and gratitude to Jesus.

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Congratulations to the 29 students who graduated yesterday from St. Bernard School. We wish them every success in high school. Congratulations, also, to Lauren Boadt, school principal; Sister Joan Maga and all the faculty. Our thanks for all you dedication.

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