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The parish is hosting a goodbye reception for Fr. Tom after the 10:30 Mass on 7/30 in Pinochi Hall at St. Bernard’s. Families whose last names begin with A-M, please bring a salad. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert. The Knights of Columbus will be providing drinks, sandwiches, and cake.
Next weekend, July 29th and 30th we welcome: Fr. David Costello, O.C.D. of the Discalced Carmelites.
Father David will speak at the Masses here at Sacred Heart Parish next weekend and at St. Bernard Parish on the first weekend of August for the Mission Cooperative Plan of the Diocese (Mission Appeal).
Through our prayers, sacrifices and financial help we cooperate in building up the Church in various parts of the world. Father will speak about the Carmelite Mission in Uganda, Africa. We are encouraged to be generous in supporting that Mission.
“Some give by going on the Missions;
Others go by giving to the Missions;
Without both there are no Missions.”
As time grows short for me, August 1st, I would like to invite anyone who would like to pack books to come over to SH rectory on Tuesday at 1 pm.
We have had very little response between the parishes for a picnic at Camp Bauer. This is the last chance to sign-up to help coordinate it. I must have an answer this week to confirm or not the reservations for both parishes together at Camp Bauer.
There are still other areas to sign-up as volunteers: Coordinating the altar server, helping with flowers A new list is up to help coordinate a “Welcome Party” for Fr Bernard either as one parish or two parishes. “Welcoming is so important. If you want to write him a note welcoming him that would also be great. You can drop the note in an envelope with his name on it and put it in the collection next weekend.
Receiving Holy Communion:
I believe that most people have a great reverence for the Holy Eucharist. What I write is a way to have us show greater respect at Mass.
Before Holy Communion please take time to reflect and not stand in a line that does go anywhere for a while. Then when it is time for your pew companions to get out of the pew to stand and get in line. I think this is more reverential and the practice has begun already at St. Bernard.
Please remember before you receive the Lord to bow and then after being presented the Body of Christ to say in an audible voice and not mumble, “Amen “ before consuming the Host.
Then some people take the Host in their hand and walk off while putting the Host in their mouths. A better thing to do is to when receiving Jesus in the hand to take one step to the side, stop, and in the presence of the minister, facing the sanctuary to then put the Body of Christ in your mouth and move on. This also helps the ministers to see people out of the corner of the their eye to make sure the Body of Christ is consumed and not taken back to the pew as some have done.
Also, one should not bless themselves with the Host before consuming the Host. (The act of blessing with the Eucharist is called “Benediction” and is reserved to the ordained).
So let us continually seek to increase our reverence for our Eucharistic Savior.
- Fr. Tom