A few verses from the Lauda, Sion, the sequence for today’s Mass attributed to Saint Thomas Aquinas, beautifully sum up the importance of this feast of the eucharistic mystery.
What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne’er to cease.
This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine.
Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:
Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.
Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste.
When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ’tis spoken,
That each sever’d outward token
doth the very whole contain.
Naught the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
Jesus still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.
Our parishes’ fiscal year ends next Sunday, June 30. Pledges to the Diocesan Annual Appeal must be received by that date to be credited for this year. Please honor your pledges to the Appeal and continue your support of our parishes. St. Peter Parish has $1,700 to go. St. Charles Parish has $6,800 to go. These targets could easily be reached if everyone would give something. Both parishes are also behind on regular envelope giving. Some special year-end gifts will be welcome. Parish support is a fundamental duty of parish membership. Please help us meet our financial obligations.
Reaching our short-term goals by the end of the fiscal year is important. St. Charles Parish has also set an additional five-year goal of $2.5 million to build an accessible parish center and finish the parking lot. This goal is in addition to our regular parish support. Together we can reach our goals and surpass them. May the intercession and example of St. Charles Borromeo help us.
Pray the rosary this week for the two new priests ordained for our diocese on Saturday, June 22: Father Brandon Guenther and Father Ethan Hokamp, who will become our new associate pastor on July 2. Pray for the seminarians studying for our diocese and, as always, pray for peace.
May God bless his people with peace.