CORPUS CHRISTI – 6TH JUNE 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord – better known as Corpus Christi. It might seem as though this should be done on Maundy Thursday – after all this is when we celebrate the founding of the Eucharist by Jesus in the Upper Room. But that night in Holy Week is so symbolically full that just saying thank you and offering our praise for such a priceless gift would get lost amongst all the other wonders of Maundy Thursday. So the Church has given us a special day when we can focus all our minds and hearts on the gift of the eucharist and that special day is today.
Jesus established the Eucharist so that we would always “remember” him and never forget what he has done to restore us to a right relationship with God. It is profoundly not the same as going to the pub to have a drink together to remember old so and so – but it does have strong connections with that. For in that pub all gathered around will start to remember, not just a name – Old So and So – but all that made him or her special. The funny moments, the profound moments, the special way he or she did that and so on. Old so and so will start to come to life in the reminiscences, and the sheer act of remembering will make a reconnection and rekindle old friendships and even, change people.
In the Mass we “do this” in memory of Jesus. But what, exactly, do we remember?
We remember, with thanksgiving that Jesus calls us friends, that He taught us, and still teaches us, about His Father and reveals to us what the Father is really like; we remember that He changed water into wine, that He healed the paralytic, that He raised Lazarus from the dead and ask Him to be with us in moments of trial and anxiety; we remember most of all, though, that He died a painful and degrading death on a cross for love of us sinful humanity, not counting the cost but praying all the time for sinners and even welcoming into paradise the repentant thief. We remember that He rose again to new life on the third day and is with us always, even to the end of time. We also remember that His preferred mode of discourse was across the dining table and that the sad disciples on the road to Emmaeus recognised Him in the breaking of the Bread. We believe in a special kind or ‘remembering’ that literally places us amongst those actions of Jesus and makes them present to us in all their power and efficacy.
But we also believe that when Jesus said “This is my Body, this my blood” that he was talking in a literal spiritual sense. This Eucharist is not just a memorial meal when Old So and So is fondly remembered over the roast beef. This is a meal when Jesus is the meal that spiritually nourishes us so that we may become that which we are – Sons and Daughters “in” the Son of the Most High. It is where and when and how we rekindle, renew and strengthen our relationship as members of the Body of Christ. It is what makes us Church.
With my love and prayers Fr David
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Fighting Modern Slavery – Steering Group:
The latest edition of the Fighting Modern Slavery Newsletter is available to download here Modern Slavery Newsletter Issue 3 (website-files.com) and also from the diocesan website www.abdiocese.org.uk The Steering Group is seeking individuals to be parish/deanery Modern Slavey Awareness Ambassadors. More information on what this voluntary role entails from Rosie Read at email@example.com
Fri 18th-Sun 20th June (Online) : COME DINE WITH ME: Feasting with Moses and Jesus
Led by Viv Randles and Michael Woodward (both Lay Community of St Benedict) Hanuka, Shavout, Rosh Hashana – come and learn some fresh angles on these festivals and others, which go so far to explain our own. . . Further information and to book your place online: https://worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats
For enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CAFOD offers a gap year programme called Step into the Gap. As part of the 10-month programme, you will be based in either a youth retreat centre, university chaplaincy or a secondary school chaplaincy team gaining new skills, developing as a leader and gaining work experience. Accommodation and travel expenses are included. Full time placements include stipends. Find out more information including how to apply at www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear
The new series of Sycamore sessions on Zoom will start on Tuesday 8 June & run weekly for 5 weeks. Participants are asked to join from 7.45pm so that we can start the session at 8pm. It will finish between 9.00 & 9.30pm. Anyone is welcome to join – you don’t need to have attended the first 5 sessions. The format of the evening will be: introduction; video (all through – no breaks this time); discussion groups (just one rather than 3 short discussions as before) & then feedback & summary.
The themes this time will be: The Bible; The Gift of Faith; The Power of Prayer; Finding True Freedom & The Meaning of Love.
To join, please email Ian Honeysett at: Honeysett@btinternet.com.
We plan to run some more in the autumn with options both online and in person.
Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need marks its “Benefactors Day” on 11th June.
On this day ACN will be praying for all our benefactors who do so much to support the charity. We have received messages of gratitude from project partners around the world, which you can see here, with accompanying details about the day: https://acnuk.org/resource/acn-benefactors-day-2021/. In 2020, we supported 4,758 projects – none of this would be possible without you. Thank you to all our wonderful benefactors, you are not forgotten, and we are praying for you!
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning. June 26th, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. Theme: “Growth in the Holy Spirit” – Grow your Christian life in the Spirit through Prayer, Scripture, Service and Community. Speaker: Carol Ann Harnett, Catechist trainer. Please register in advance at bit.ly/ADOREJUN2021
Would you also please consider publicising that ADoRE is offering confidential prayer for healing by telephone – ring 07579 824523 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Experienced prayer ministers will pray with you confidentially for healing of physical, emotional and spiritual problems.