Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Showing Our Love for the Holy Eucharist


Dear Parishioners,

Our nation is being encouraged to grow in our love of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. We use terms like Eucharistic Revival. National events are in process. Currently there are four walking pilgrimages (May 17 to July 16) taking place throughout the United States which began from the east (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route), west (St. Junipero Serra Route), north (Marian Route) and south (St. Juan Diego Route). These four pilgrimages plan to converge in Indianapolis, Indiana this summer for a National Eucharistic Congress (July 17 to 21).

I invite you to go to the web site (eucharisticrevival.org) to see the route of the pilgrims passing our area this weekend. Saturday (June 1) the path includes the St. John Neumann Shrine, while Sunday they will converge on the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, both locations right over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in neighboring Philadelphia.

This pilgrimage motivated me to remind all of you what we have available right here in our own parish to show the importance of the Holy Eucharist and to encourage love and devotion to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Let’s begin with daily Mass at 9 AM. From Monday to Friday, Mass is followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 12 noon at which time there is Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. This weekend (as we celebrate Corpus Christi), we planned a small procession with the Holy Eucharist around our parish property with Benediction in three locations after the 4:30 PM Mass. Later in the month of June, we have three days of around-the-clock Eucharistic Adoration—typically known as 40 Hours—scheduled for June 20-22. This devotion is purposely designed to occur around the feast of the patron of our parish, St. Thomas More (June 22).

I must also remind all of us to take our reception of the Holy Eucharist most seriously. We should never receive the Holy Eucharist when conscious of mortal sin in our lives. Go to confession first to be reconciled to God and the Church. We should always receive the Holy Eucharist with utmost reverence and respect. This is not ordinary food and drink, but we are being fed with the Bread of Life—Jesus Himself! Be aware of when we pass the tabernacle. Genuflection is most proper (or a profound bow, if we are physically unable to genuflect). Unnecessary or frivolous talking should be avoided in the presence of Our Lord, allowing people to pray, adore and worship the Lord in the tabernacle or on the altar. A proper thanksgiving after receiving our Lord is also essential. Remember to express your love and adoration for the Lord, to give Him thanks, to beg forgiveness for your sins from the Lord and to petition Him for all of your spiritual and temporal needs. Please realize you have just received Jesus, the Son of GodBody, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Finally, leaving Mass early (habitually) is never proper—especially after just having received Our Lord—unless someone is dealing with health issues, etc.

I want us all to realize the great gift we have been given by the Lord Himself and to take the command of the Lord to “Do this in memory of me” most seriously. Too many Catholics have fallen away from the requirement to worship God each week by attending Holy Mass in person.

How much do we really love the Lord in the Holy Eucharist?

Fr. Ed Namiotka


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