Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
Feast of Corpus Christi
Next Sunday we will be celebrating
the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The point
of this feast is to celebrate the Real
Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We believe that the Body and Blood
of Jesus is truly present for us in the Eucharist. St Juliana of Liège
pioneered the celebration of Corpus Christi during the Middle Ages. She
began an association of women and priests who venerated the Blessed Sacrament.
She hoped for a feast devoted to the Eucharist outside of the Triduum.
Bishop Robert de Thorete, Bishop of Liège, in Belgium, established
Corpus Christ in his diocese in 1246. Pope Urban IV in the 14th century,
who once was Bishop of Liège, established this feast for the Universal
This year as you have heard in the announcement and read in last weekends
bulletin, we will be having a procession outside the Church after the
9.00 am Mass. The Corpus Christi Procession gives the Catholic believer
a unique opportunity to proclaim their Eucharistic faith to the world.
We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present among us through the Sacrament
of the Eucharist, and thus during the procession we are showing that
faith to the world. It also cannot but bring blessings to our community
and to those who participate as we witness to our Eucharistic faith.
Often we feel pressured to
keep our faith “a private matter”.
Yet Jesus calls us to publicly show our faith and be the light of the
world. In Matthew’s Gospel, 10:32 we read, “Whoever acknowledges
me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in Heaven.” So,
like the apostles at the first Pentecost, together let us stand tall
and show our faith on the feast of Corpus Christi.
We strongly encourage all of you to make every effort to attend this
procession. If you have attended the Saturday evening Mass, you can always
come before 10.00 am and be part of the procession. Everyone is invited
to participate. If you cannot make the walk you may wait for us in the
Church for the benediction. Let us make this a very important occasion
for our parish.
Blessings, Fr. Socorro
of the Catholic Church by T.
Mr. T. Meagher has written
nearly 180 short, apologetic style articles, one for each Sunday of
the Church’s 3 year calendar. Each article
will explain a doctrine or teaching of the Church taken from the 1st
or 2nd Reading or the Gospel and every article has been approved for
truth and content by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, the Censor for the AOD.
If any doubt arises
with regard to the teachings of the church, please email your ulletin
editor, Pastor or Associate Pastor with any feedback
you may have.
“Sacrament of Reconciliation”
The Church has dogmatically
defined that the normal means for forgiving sins committed after baptism
is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Confession). However the power to forgive sins does not come only from
Christ, for Jesus received it from His Father. Just as Jesus was sent
by the Father to reconcile the world to God, Jesus sent the Apostles
to continue this mission. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me,
so I send you” (Jn 20:21). The apostles were to forgive sins just
as Jesus did. How do we know this? Read the very next verse: “Whose
sins you forgive they are forgiven them, whose sins you retain they are
retained” (v22-23). How would the apostles know which sins to forgive
or retain unless the sinner first confessed his sins? By these words
Jesus expressly passed on His power to forgive sins to His apostles and
their successors, the future caretakers of the Church. Some may find
it uncomfortable or difficult to go to Confession, but our task is to
obey God, not question His ways. Going to Confession reconciles us with
God and the Church, restores us to God’s grace, and gives us peace
and serenity of conscience.
Second grader Emily was chosen to crown Mary at our May Crowning held
at our First Communion Mass.
Congratulation to our First Comunion Class.
A huge thanks to Cecelia Gallagher, St. Valentine Rummage
Sale Chairperson, and all volunteers who helped staff the Parish Rummage
Sale on Friday, May 15th. Cecelia is shown on the right with Monica George,
one of the volunteers.