Lift Up Your Hearts

Saint John Paul II reminded us that the Church “does not only celebrate the Eucharist, but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world.” Today’s Solemn Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is our opportunity to remind ourselves that we are sent out at the end of every Mass, bearing the Presence of Christ with us in the Eucharist which we have received.

Do we behave like we believe this, even in the moment immediately following Mass—as we often hurry out of church on to our next obligation? Today we remind ourselves, not only of this most important meeting with Jesus at each Mass, but that He entrusts Himself to us so that we might carry Him into the world by the witness of our faith and our loving service.

Many thanks to our parish organizations and volunteers from both Saint Joan and Saint Louise who have helped to organize our Corpus Christi procession and fellowship gathering after the 12 noon Mass (at Saint Louise). I want to thank, in particular, the Hospitality Team of Saint Joan and Saint Louise, members of the Saint Louise Nocturnal Adoration Society, Saint Joan Life Enrichment group, members of the Catholics Men’s Fellowship and the Thursday morning Catholic Women’s Group for assisting with the procession and decorating our outdoor altars.

I want to recognize and thank our parishioner, Joe Luvara, for his 20 years of service to Saint Louise parish and school as Athletic Director. Joe has recently decided to retire from this position, but he will continue on as head coach of the Saint Louise Trojans football team. In a job that is often thankless (and entirely voluntary), Joe has managed a thriving athletics program of 10 different sports, and has worked hard to maintain and improve our sports fields and gymnasium. I’m sure that our school families, in particular, will join me in expressing our gratitude for Joe’s devotion, enthusiasm and support for our parish school.

Lastly, I remind you to please keep in your prayers Deacons Brendan Dawson, Timothy Deely, David Egan, and Mingwei Li as they prepare for their Ordination to the Priesthood next Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am at Saint Paul Cathedral.

Deacon Mingwei’s family worship with us at Saint Joan of Arc church, and have lived in South Park for a number of years. Father Li invites you all to join him for his First Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 30, 10:30 am at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Pleasant Hills. All are welcome to the Mass and the light reception following in the school gymnasium.

Many of you will also remember Deacon Tim Deely from his time with us at Saint Louise over the summer of 2014. Father Deely’s First Mass will be celebrated at Saint Paul Cathedral on Sunday, June 30 at 12 noon. Again, all are welcome to attend Mass and the reception which will follow.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Joe

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