May 30, 2021.
Next Sunday, June 6th, is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, better known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is a Solemnity that our parish has celebrated with particular honour since 2017, with the day's celebrations including an outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets north of the parish.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi finds it origins in the teaching of the 13th century theologian and philosopher, St. Thomas Aquinas, who proposed having a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist, emphasizing the reality of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In 1264, this feast was formally added to the Church's liturgical calendar.
Sadly, this year (and for that matter, last year), we are unable to hold our public celebrations of an outdoor procession and social gathering of the parishioners.
However, allow me to suggest a few things parishioners can do this coming weekend for Corpus Christi. First, sign up for the 2 hour Bible conference via Zoom and hosted by the Augustine Institute this Saturday, June 5th, beginning at 11 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The Augustine Institute is the organization that hosts FORMED, the online Catholic resource that our parish offers to all of its parishioners. (see Nativity of Our Lord (myparish.org) for the link to subscribe for free).
In order to register for the Bible Conference for Corpus Christi, please go to Source and Summit | Catholic Bible Conference 2021 | Augustine Institute
Lastly, at the end of next Sunday's online mass at 10 am, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until 11 am for your adoration. As well, at all of the weekend communion services on June 5/6, there will be an opportunity for some minutes of silent prayer in honour of Corpus Christi. Please remember that registration for the communion services begin shortly after 10 am on Monday, with the link found on the parish website homepage. Registration closes Friday at 2 pm, but please note for the last few weeks all places were taken by Thursday.
Finally, be assured of my prayers for all of you!
Peace, Fr. Michael Machacek.