Today we celebrate the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi. During the exodus, which we hear about in the First Reading, Moses put lamb's blood on the doorposts of each Israelite. When the Angel of Death came at night to take each firstborn, it passed over each house with the sign of blood, hence the name Passover for the feast. The blood of the lamb saved people from death.
The flesh of the lambs slaughtered by Moses was then used as food, to give the people nourishment for their trek out of Egypt, across the desert, and through the Red Sea. The body of the lamb gave the people life.
We see the parallel. Jesus is the Lamb of God. His real blood, which is in the chalice that we receive at Mass, saves us from sin and death. His real body, which is the Eucharist, gives us life. Blessed be God forever!
This Sunday at 11am is the Farewell Mass for Margie Shiel, Fr. Laurent, and Fred LaCerra. We are grateful for all their years of service and wish them the best in their future endeavors. Thank you to all who helped with the Mass and reception.
School board will have its last meeting of the school year this Monday. We welcome the board's newest members—Joe Hay, Leeanne Joyce, and Jeff Ryan—and thank all of our outgoing members—Joan Lynch and Beth Soreng.
My last Tuesday Theology Talk, until the fall, this Tuesday will be on Charlemagne and early medieval church history.
School ends this Friday! Congratulations teachers (and parents) on a successful year and have a wonderful and relaxing summer! We will have a special end of the year Mass Friday at 9am. (The 8:30am Friday daily Mass will be in the chapel that morning.)
Next Sunday, June 10th is the First Responder's Mass at 11am where we will appreciate all those men and women who serve the community. We will have a special honor guard and bagpipers. First Responders are invited to wear their uniform to Mass to be recognized.
I would like to give you an update on the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. If you remember, we held this appeal in church back in January/February. Our parish was assessed by the Archdiocese about $53,000. (The Archdiocese uses these funds to support its various ministries.) Everything we raise over this amount stays at the parish. Our parish pledged $67,759. To date, $55,414 has been paid. We have over $2,000 coming back to the parish and, when all is said and done, will have $14,000. This is an incredible amount. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity. We will put this money to good use—continuing capital improvements around the parish.
Speaking of the capital projects, as you know the women's restroom in the back of the church is complete, though we are still waiting on some additional finishing touches. We are beginning work on the men's restroom (in part of the current cry room), as well as the usher's room. The usher's room will be cleaned out and used as a temporary meeting/gathering space. Our hope is to eventually expand out from that room towards Oketo to have a large annex. We are still working on the new carpeting for the back of the church. We are also set to begin work on the courtyard on June 8th, the last day of school. Again, we will be installing a new elevator, in addition to the playground, prayer garden, and other enhancements to the courtyard space. I will continue to do my best in keeping you posted on the progress. I appreciate all your support.
Yours in Christ,