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This Wonderful Sacrament: A great message for today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

 

corpus christi procession 2The 2014 Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane will be held on Sunday 22nd June at Nudgee Junior, Kate Street, Indooroopilly, at 2.00pm, with Procession, Sermon and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

corpus christi cHomily for Mass – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] (Year C)

(Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Park Ridge: 8am;  Saint Catherine’s Church, Jimboomba: 5.30pm)

2 June 2013

(Readings: Gen 14:18-20;  Ps 109;  1 Cor 11:23-26;  Lk 9:11-17)

 

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ there are so many different aspects of the Eucharist that we could meditate on.  We recall that in the Constitution on the Liturgy, the fathers of Vatican II taught: “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper” (SC, 10).  Everything we do as a Church is meant to draw people into faith, into communion with the Lord, so that ultimately they will praise him in the midst of the sons and daughters of God, and share in the Lord’s Supper.  The same council fathers, in the Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, described the eucharist as the source and summit (or the fount and apex) of the whole Christian life (LG, 11).  Today is a good reminder to us of the esteem in which we should hold the celebration of Sunday Mass, and of our obligation to participate in Mass every Sunday.

Sunday Mass is the ongoing way that God shapes us as his sons and daughters.  We are kept in lively communion with our brothers and sisters in the faith;  we are nourished by the Holy Word of God in the scriptures;  we are assisted by the ministry of the Church’s pastors, and through them united with the church dispersed through the whole world – all in communion with the successor of St Peter.  The high point of our participation in Sunday Mass is our reception of holy communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are nourished by his Body so that we can be his body in the world.  He gives us sacramental grace to assist us in all that we do, and to help us to live the virtues.

It has always been the Catholic tradition that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is carried to those who cannot be present at Mass due to illness and infirmity.  Some of you share in that wonderful ministry of taking Holy Communion to the sick and the housebound, and you would know how grateful they are to be able to receive Our Lord, and to know that they are united with us in His Body and Blood.

Because of the desire of the Church always to be able to take Our Lord in Holy Communion to the sick, and even to the dying so that they may receive Him as food for their final journey to eternity, the Blessed Sacrament is kept in the tabernacles of all our churches.  What a consolation of the faith this is – that the sacramental presence of Jesus is always present with us in our churches, so that we can be near to him as he is to us.  It’s one of the things that makes our churches such special places;  places that we can always come to to pray, to bring our lives to Jesus, to cast before him our needs and petitions.

eucharist held in handsOur feast day today is an opportunity for us to remember the love that we should show to Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.  The first thing we do upon entering the Church should be to greet Our Lord;  to pause for at least a moment in prayer before Him present in the tabernacle.  It is good to remember that whenever we pass before the tabernacle we are to reverence Jesus with a genuflection: bending the knee before him.  Those who can’t physically perform that gesture may of course make a deep bow from the waist.

The Archbishop wrote to the clergy recently about Liturgical matters, and one of the things he asked us to address is the “interplay between sound and silence” in the liturgy, and he noted that “our liturgy tends to have become wordy and noisy, with silence often minimal or absent.  [He said] this is particularly so before Mass when people spontaneously (and quite loudly) speak in the Church.”  The Archbishop invited the clergy to consider ways of inviting the people to a time of silence before the Entrance Song begins.  So we should be conscious that people have come to church to pray, and so we should keep a spirit of reverence in the church, and not distract people from prayer by unnecessary activity or talking (1).

Those who do carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound should also consider what a special thing they are doing, and not show any disrespect to Our Lord while carrying him.  The Blessed Sacrament should be taken straight to the sick or housebound person.  If it is necessary to keep the sacrament for a brief time at home before visiting the sick, then it should be put in a dignified spot – perhaps on a prayer table or something similar – and you should always be conscious that Jesus is present.

if people spent an hour ... abortion would be ended (mother teresa) To conclude … Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is well-known for her work amongst the poor.  The images of her tending to the sick, the destitute, and the dying, are very familiar.  What is not as often reported is that Mother Teresa – and indeed all her sisters –  every day spent many hours in adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  He was her strength for all she did, and she opened herself to him in the Eucharist – both in the celebration of the Mass, and in its extension through Eucharistic adoration (2).

When we stay close to Jesus in the ways he has provided for us to remain with him, then miracles will happen like the one that he worked through the hands of the disciples when they fed the five thousand from just a few loaves and fishes, and like what Jesus was able to accomplish through the work of a poor Albanian nun, Blessed Mother Teresa.

Today we give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist.  May we always show our thanks and love for this awesome mystery by our reverence towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament;  by spending time in prayer before Him;  by receiving Him worthily and to quickly have recourse to the Sacrament of Confession when we sin seriously so as not to receive Our Lord unworthily or sacrilegiously;  and above all, having received such great a gift, that we take his love and blessings to the world by living as His Body, and being the voice through which He speaks His love, and the hands by which He extends His love to those for whom He lived and died.

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(1) Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s recent letter to clergy about the Sacred Liturgy can be found here: Abp Coleridge to clergy RE liturgy 2013 05

(2) See also: “When did Mother Teresa begin daily Eucharistic adoration with her Sisters?” http://www.eucharisticfamilyrosary.com/blog/mother_teresa_daily_eucharistic_adoration/

 

 

blessed sacramentNext Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).  This feast celebrates one of our treasures: the sacramental presence of Jesus – body, blood, soul, and divinity – in the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine.  He is our food for the journey, and what a consolation it is to have his Eucharistic Presence with us in all the tabernacles of our Churches.

If you are in Brisbane, you have an extra opportunity to celebrate this mystery with the visit of Missionaries of the Holy Eucharist Father David Nugent and seminarian Barry Braum, who will be leading a series of retreats and workshops over the coming weeks.  There are plenty of opportunities for you to hear them.  Below is the program and information.

Program for Fr David Nugent MSE and seminarian Barry Braum: Brisbane, 2013

THEME running through these days will be on different moments of the public life of Jesus Christ.

 

1st June

Villa Maria

Saturday

Villa Maria All Day Retreat – Hostel Chapel

Mass 9am – Retreat 11am – 4pm

 

2nd June

Sunday

Corpus Christi Procession – Indooroopilly

 

3rd June

Monday

10am – 12noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 4pm

Adoration

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Confessions

 

4th June

Tuesday

9am – 12 noon

Confessions

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 3pm

Workshop

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

5th June

Wednesday

8am – 12noon

Adoration

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 6pm

Confessions

 

 

7pm – 9pm

Workshop

 

6th June

Thursday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

7th June

Friday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

8th June

Saturday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

 

9th June

Sunday

Day of Adoration

 

10th June

Monday

10am – 12 noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 5pm

Confessions

 

 

6pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

11th June

Tuesday

10am – 12noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 4pm

Adoration

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Confessions

 

12th June

Wednesday

9am – 12 noon

Confessions

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 3pm

Workshop

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

13th June

Thursday

Day of Adoration

14th June

Friday

Day of Adoration

 

15th June

Saturday

Marian Valley Retreat Day 9am – 4pm

Theme – The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

16th June

Sunday

Marian Valley Retreat Day 9am – 4pm

Theme – The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

17th June

Monday

2pm – 10pm

Confessions – Villa Maria

 

18th June

Tuesday

2pm – 10pm

Confessions – Villa Maria

 

19th June

Wednesday

Departs

 

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING PROGRAM

 

Workshops – Each workshop with Fr. Nugent and Barry will be two hours duration.  The theme running through these will be on different moments of the public life of Jesus Christ.  These will be in the conference room to the left of the court yard (opposite to the tea room).We would appreciate you replying to this email or texting 0408 420320 and indicating what workshops you are hoping to attend so we have an idea of numbers.  We hope to welcome all, so want to make sure we have space.  Of course you may attend even if you do not reply.

Adoration – In the Adoration Chapel.  These are periods of time Fr. Nugent and Barry will silently adore.  Everyone is welcome to adore silently at this time as well.

Confessions – also in the Adoration Chapel confessional.  We won’t be taking bookings for this either.

Mass Times – Fr Nugent will be offering the weekend Masses Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June in the Hostel Chapel.  And the following dates in the Adoration Chapel 7.30 am Mass on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th,13th, 17th, 18th, 19th

Villa Maria Retreat Program –  Saturday June 1st – Adorers Retreat – All day  – Villa Maria Hostel Chapel, entrance Warren St, Fortitude Valley

9am Mass followed by adoration until 11am when Retreat begins

12.45 Lunch; 2pm Meditation; 4pm Finish with Benediction.

Please bring lunch.  Tea, coffee and drinks provided

 

 

Corpus Christi Procession – 2pm, Sunday 2nd June, Nudgee Jnr:  Twigg St, Indooroopilly.  More information can be found on www.corpuschristibrisbane.com

World Wide Solemn Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration, simultaneously, with the Holy Father in Rome 5pm – Here in Australia it will be Monday 1am 3rd June. 

MARIAN VALLEY, CANUNGRA – All welcome to attend.  The programme for each day is: 9.00am Meditation with Exposition. 10.40am Rosary. 11.00am Mass. 12pm Holy Hour Thanksgiving.  1pm Lunch.  2pm Meditation. 4pm Finish.

 

While the retreats are free, donations to help cover expenses and support

the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist are always welcome.

 

* Word document of the program: Program for Fr David Nugent MSE and seminarian Barry Braum

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament – Corpus Christi celebrations, 10 June 2012

On the Corpus Christi Brisbane website you can find some great pictures of last Sunday’s celebrations for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

You can also see there a text and video version of Archbishop Coleridge’s homily for the occasion.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ this Sunday, the Fiftieth International Eucharistic Congress begins in Dublin.  Bishop Oudeman will be representing the Archdiocese of Brisbane at the Congress.  Archbishop Coleridge has asked us to remember this Congress in our prayers over the coming week.  He notes the “debt of gratitude” that we owe to the Church in Ireland, and asks that we pray that “Ireland will know a new surge of Gospel energy and become once again a missionary power-house within the universal Church.”

See the Archbishop’s full letter here: Eucharistic Congress Dublin – Letter from Abp Coleridge

For those in Brisbane, don’t forget the Corpus Christi procession and benediction tomorrow (Sunday 10 June 2012) at Nudgee Junior College, Indooroopilly.  All are invited to participate as a demonstration of our love for Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord.

This coming Sunday, 10 June 2012, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  The feast is an opportunity for us to give thanks for the great gift Christ has given to us: the sacrament of his Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  What a blessing it is to have his sacramental presence with us, until the end of time.

Many parishes and dioceses will do extra things this weekend to celebrate our Eucharistic faith.

In Brisbane, Archbishop Mark Coleridge will preside and preach at the Eucharistic Procession at Nudgee Junior College, at 2pm.  All are invited to join this special celebration.  (Note: this is not Mass, so you’ll still need to go to Mass in your parish)!

More information at: http://www.corpuschristibrisbane.com/