Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the crowd, which we hear as the gospel reading this weekend, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, helps us to appreciate the abundance of gifts that come from God. On this day, in particular, we give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist, that source of God’s grace and blessing that is always available to us in the Mass. By first appearance, the Eucharist doesn’t seem like much—a simple piece of bread (the host) and a cup of wine—but we receive this precious gift as the sign of God’s love for us as Jesus gives us his very self. “This is my Body... given up for you. This is my Blood... shed for you.” He lays down his life for us and continues to bestow upon us the effects of that sacrifice. This feast helps us to step back and ponder what is so freely shared with us each time we come to Mass.
As a priest, one of the most fulfilling things I do is celebrate the Mass, and I always try to keep in mind as I do so what a blessing it is to have such a personal encounter with Jesus. Corpus Christi is a most fitting feast day for Deacon Kenneth Lukong who will be ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Saturday and celebrate his first Mass the next day at St. Joseph’s, Cockeysville (where he spent his pastoral year). His first priestly assignment will take him to St. Louis, Clarksville effective July 1. Please keep him and the 4 others who will be ordained with him. You can watch the Ordination at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen at this link.
Next weekend (June 25-26) is my final weekend at Seton! I hope to say goodbye and to personally thank you for your generosity, encouragement and forming me as your Pastor after the 11:00am Mass in the Parish Center. If you cannot attend Mass, it will be live-streamed (instead of 9:30am) or you can watch it later.
We are in need of volunteers to serve as Sacristans and to wash linens used for Mass. Please contact Marianna Philips at email@example.com for more information and training!
As we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we give thanks for the gift of our Dads, for all you do to love, to nurture, and to provide for us!
P.S. Any guesses who are featured in this stained glass window in our church? How do they figure in our feast of Corpus Christi? Let me know in the comments!
A reminder....although masking is now optional, I encourage all parishioners to use your best judgement about wearing a mask especially if you are not vaccinated or immunocompromised. Please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance. As always, if you are not feeling well, have a fever or persistent cough, please stay home and watch our live-streamed Mass online.
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon—Thurs at 9:00am and Sunday at 9:30am) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.