Congratulations to all those who are graduating in the coming weeks! Today (Sunday) we are graduating twelve students from St. Peter’s and later this week will see graduations at McDonell and Chi Hi. Our prayers and best wishes go with each of you as you mark this important transition. We celebrate your accomplishments and we look forward to the great things yet to come.
This weekend also marks Memorial Day when we remember in a special way those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense our country. We should never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy because of those who have gone before us. Memorial Day is a time when many of us visit the cemetery to remember and pray for those who have died. The annual Mass at Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls takes place on Monday at 9:00 am. For the Christian the cemetery is a place of hope and beauty that points us towards eternal life.
Finally, today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We rejoice that the Lord is really and truly present with us in the Blessed Sacrament. In many places the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession as a pubic witness to our faith. We invite you to join the parishes of the Chippewa Falls Deanery in our annual Corpus Christi procession as we take our faith into the streets of our community. See this week’s bulletin for details.
Thinking about what graduation, Memorial Day, and Corpus Christi all have in common I was struck by the public nature of these events. We don’t graduate in private. Memorial Day sees many civil and religious observances. And Corpus Christi features a public procession. Each involves some sort of communal observance, reminding us that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. In our often hyper-individualized culture we need such calls to community and solidarity with one another. May our observance of graduation, Memorial Day and Corpus Christi help to strengthen the ties that bind us as a community, nation, and Church.