The Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Sunday, June 7, 2015




More than sixteen centuries ago, St. Augustine wrote: “You are what you eat.” And you don’t need me to tell you that in today’s organic, raw-vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free non-G.M.O. society, that ancient maxim is now being taken more seriously than ever! Web sites are bulging with diet plans of every description — and there are usually two or three books touting the latest and greatest nutritional advice on the “Best Seller” lists. And from no less a source than the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel, we have this advice for healthy eating: “You must take then wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt; put them all in the same pot and make yourself some bread” (Ezekiel 4:9). Carrying forth the tradition, today, many health food stores stock a popular loaf called “Ezekiel Bread.” I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry!

Through the ages, when it comes to what we put in our mouths, there has been an ever-changing array of so-called expert advice. Of course, the clear consensus among the Scientific Community’s experts is that the path to better health necessarily includes exercise and a healthy diet. And some people are paying attention. Some people are shaping up. Some people are improving their physical condition — which is not to say, necessarily, they are improving their overall condition — their quality of life. In other words, despite our best efforts, some of us are still coming up with nothing.

Though we may be enhancing our physical life, the question remains: are we enhancing our spiritual life?  We may be living longer, but are we living better?  We may be enhancing our physical image, but are we enhancing our spiritual image? We may be achieving the vitality, energy and exuberance that the experts are promising — but are we achieving the vitalized faith, energized hope and exuberant charity that the Lord Jesus has promised?

Just recently a study was conducted on food waste in the United States. Surprisingly, the researchers concluded that the biggest offenders were not restaurants, institutions or grocery stores. No, the greatest amount of waste occurs in our homes, where nearly one-fourth of all food is being trashed!

The researchers asked us to imagine leaving the grocery store with four bags bulging with food — dropping one bag in the parking lot, and then just walking away. What a waste indeed! To illustrate the point, the researchers consumed only discarded food for six months. The result? Not only were they well-nourished while consuming only the forgotten food, but one researcher actually gained ten pounds during the course of the experiment.

The New Testament writers tell us, over and over again, that God, our Creator, loves us so much that He nourishes us at the center of our being with His own Living Presence. God Himself is present in us and around us. And as we identify with this reality, as we enter into union with God, we are nourished.

Of all the ways in which God feeds us, there is one unique way, one supremely valuable way — one especially nourishing way and that is through His Living Presence in the Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament writers are telling us that if we literally feed on this unique Bread of Life — if we sink our roots down deep in Christ, we will be nourished as in no other way.

Whether it’s next Wednesday or any other day of the week — and whether we realize it or not – we will be hungry for the Bread of Life that nourishes us in the most saving way possible. As you identify with Christ — as you let Christ give you life — as you abide with Christ and accept Christ at the center of your being, you are being nourished as in no other way possible. Through the Gift of His Body and Blood, Jesus is calling you to the table — to the supreme banquet of His New Life. Hear the Word of the Lord, inviting us: “Drink of My cup, filled to over-flowing with Love.” Let us go now, accepting His Blessed invitation!
Many thanks for our guild who are working day and night this week and weekend for our “Spring Rummage Sale,” please, stop by the St. Hubert’s Hall and support our guild’s effort for their fund raising.
Peace and Blessings!
Fr. Luis

By our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
June 7, The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
In this celebration we proclaim our belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We who have been given the Bread of Angels have His life within us, – the very life of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Feast of Corpus Christi follows the great Feast of the Holy Trinity in order to show this profound connection. For centuries, the red sanctuary light flickers in every Church in Christendom, reminding us of Christ’s true presence with us today. When we drop into the church and see the tiny flicker, we are reminded that in our prayer we are joining thousands of others also kneeling in adoration. More deeply it tells us that Jesus is alive and with us. He awaits us in every tabernacle and in every turn of our road through life.
(Catholic Online/ Youth 2000)
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: At the Lamb’s High Feast BB # 172
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 116: I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
Preparation of Gifts: So Beautiful (ss)
So beautiful, so wonderful, so beautiful your sacrifice.
Jacob and Matthew Band
Communion: The Supper of the Lord # 361
O Lord With Wondrous Mystery
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164
The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also called Corpus Christi, was instituted in 1264 by Pope Urban lV

The Funeral mass for Ila Donovan will be Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth in Guerneville. Lunch will follow at St. Hubert’s Hall.

IlaThank you NIna LoGuidice for the recent photo of Ila. Please pray for our families who have lost loved ones this spring, our parish has had many losses at this time.

3 thoughts on “The Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Sunday, June 7, 2015

  1. Among one of my most enjoyable experiences in the St. Elizabeth Choir (and there have been many–God love you all!) was being able to sing at the Mirabel Lodge residential care home this past December for Ila Donovan and the other residents. I’ll continue to pray for the peaceful repose of her soul, and for Jesus to give her family members and other loved ones comfort and healing. Though I need to work this coming Saturday and can’t attend Ila’s funeral Mass, I’ll pray it can be a wonderful celebration of her life. She certainly lived to a very venerable age!

    After work, and after attending my niece Faye’s high school graduation party in the early afternoon, I’ll be traveling with Rebecca’s son Sean (he’s the one who plays the cello in the choir) down to Santa Barbara to be at his sister Therese’s college graduation from UC Santa Barbara! She made it! Rebecca and her husband Steve will head down there on Friday. Though we’ll be gone this coming Sunday, all of us, including Therese and her violin, will be back the following Sunday, June 21. Please pray for safe travel for us, to and from Santa Barbara. Thank you! Thanks so much too, to my other fellow choir members for filling in for us in the meantime!

    We celebrated the Feast of Trinity Sunday back on May 31, but I hope you enjoy and are blessed by this song “Triune God” by Brian Doerksen: The lyrics do a great job of trying to capture the essence of the awesome Mystery that is God–Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  2. Irene, I hope it is OK for me to write this. The events that took place in Guerneville this past weekend, including the parade yesterday (Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), call to mind John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” As probably many of you know, there is a certain Kansas-based outfit by the name of the “Westboro Baptist Church” that asserts that God hates the people who are the focus of this past weekend’s events in Guerneville.

    What an utter lie. Literally, a damned lie, since it comes straight from the pit of Hell. In just reinforcing what we know already, God doesn’t hate them, just as He doesn’t hate anyone else. He loves them. God the Father gave them and us Jesus His Son. Jesus gave us His body, blood, soul and Divinity, His life, and promised us and gave us His Holy Spirit, to give the parade participants and the rest of us life, and the chance to have it abundantly.

    God doesn’t hate them. He loves them! So much so that He doesn’t want to see them continue traveling on the path they’ve chosen for themselves, just as He doesn’t want to see the rest of us stuck in our own areas of sinfulness. Living in serious sin, and trying to redefine sin (and the definition of marriage while we’re at it) doesn’t let us have life to the full the way God wants to give us life to the full! How blessed we are that when Fr. Luis leads us in praying the Confiteor near the beginning of Mass, we say, “And I ask blessed Mary, ever Virgin, all the angels and saints, and YOU, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.” Let’s really step up our prayers for those who participated in this past weekend’s events in Guerneville, and also for each of us. Let’s ask Mary to pray and intercede for us! Mary carries several honorable titles, one of which is the Undoer of Knots (see and other good Google/Yahoo/etc. search results). These “knots,” if you will, “suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God” as this webpage states.

    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us! Jesus, Divine Healer, heal us! We join our hearts with the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

    Thank you for reading and for praying. I just don’t feel like I can remain silent on this matter.

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