Saturday, 02 June 2018
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. At each mass we obey his words, “Take and eat…Take and drink…do this in remembrance of me.” As we hear from the lips of our Lord, “My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,” we say confidently, “Amen” when the priest or the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion says, “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ.”
This Feast celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Jesus is present in so many ways to us – nature, other people, the Bible, the community gathered in Church, two or three people gathered in His name. Of all the presences through which Jesus comes to us, none is greater than His presence in the Eucharist. This is why we genuflect and bow towards the tabernacle before we get in the pew or before we receive him at Holy Communion. This is why we adore Him in the monstrance in the Lumen Christi Adoration Chapel. This is why we make the Sign of the Cross when we drive by any Catholic Church.
My brothers and sisters, may we always be ready to show reverence and honor to Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
In the Pastor’s Corner this week, I would like to make a couple of announcements.
1) Fr. Samuel Aniekwe has been appointed by Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer as the Parish Administrator of St. Mary’s Parish in Americus, GA. His appointment will be effective July 1st.
2) Fr. John Paul Heiser, O.S.B. has been assigned to live at the Benedictine Priory and be a part-time Parochial Vicar for St. James. This will be effective August 1st.
I will thank Fr. Sam another time, but I must say it has been a pleasure to serve with him in the vineyard of the Lord here at St. James. He has been a Godsend! We wish him all the best in his new assignment. Most importantly, please pray for him as he begins this new chapter in his priestly ministry.
We will hold a going away reception for him at a later date. Please be on the lookout for more details.
May the Lord bless you and your families this week!
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin