Solemnity of Corpus Christi & Father’s Day
Dear Epiphany Family,
This Sunday (June 19th) is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), which this year marks the beginning of a three-year Eucharistic Revival in the United States. The mission of the National Eucharistic Revival is to “renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist”. The Revival invites us into “a movement of Cath1sus Christ in the Eucharist – and sent out in mission ‘for the life of the world (John 6:51)’”. The Revival calls us to a life changing experience of the Holy Eucharist, especially in the Mass.
We know probably too well that our experience of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist can become all too routine. Yet this gift we have as Catholics is an inexhaustible treasure! We encounter the living Jesus in no more powerful way than in the Mass. His saving sacrifice is made present to us. We are invited to offer our lives, our sacrifices, in union with Him through the Holy Spirit, in the most perfect worship we can offer God the Father. Then Christ feeds us with Himself, His Real Presence, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Our Eucharistic Procession following the 10:30 Mass today reminds us of the amazing gift we have in the Eucharist and our call to share Jesus with the world. By renewing our devotion to the Holy Eucharist may God strengthen us to be on mission for Him.
Our Facilities Task Force met with RCM Architects on Thursday, June 3rd. The architects presented us with a preliminary report based on the physical assessment of our facilities in conjunction with parish needs ascertained by the ministry surveys and interviews. This was not a finalized report nor were there finalized cost estimates. The architects still have further work ahead of them in finalizing the report. They presented multiple “big picture” options for our parish to consider when we come together for our parish-wide meeting. Our parish-wide meeting will give further opportunities for feedback and discussion. No immediate nor final decisions will be made at the meeting but it will help us to better chart a course forward to become the stronger living stones of our parish. In order to accommodate a better turnout since we are entering into summer, we plan to have our parish-wide meeting with the presentation of the architects’ report in mid to late August on a Sunday afternoon. While the meeting date is still to be determined, it will also likely be held at Cardinal Stritch. We will keep you updated. Please continue to pray for our process and our parish, trusting that God provides.