The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Why did Jesus offer himself as "food and drink"? The Jews were scandalized and the disciples were divided when Jesus said "unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you." What a hard saying, unless you understand who Jesus is and why he calls himself the bread of life. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, when Jesus said the blessing, broke and distributed the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude, is a sign that prefigured the superabundance of the unique bread of the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper. The Gospel of John has no account of the Last Supper meal (just the foot washing ceremony and Jesus' farewell discourse). Instead, John quotes extensively from Jesus' In the Old Covenant bread and wine were offered in a thanksgiving sacrifice as a sign of grateful acknowledgment to the Creator as the giver and sustainer of life. Melchizedek, who was both a priest and king (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 7:1-4), offered a sacrifice of bread and wine. His offering prefigured the offering made by Jesus, our high priest and king (Hebrews 7:26; 9:11; 10:12). The remembrance of the manna in the wilderness recalled to the people of Israel that they live - not by earthly bread alone - but by the bread of the Word of God (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Jesus chose the time of the Jewish Feast of Passover to fulfill what he had announced at Capernaum - giving his disciples his body and his blood as the true bread of heaven. Jesus' passing over to his Father by his death and resurrection - the new Passover is anticipated in the Last Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist or Lord's Supper, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the church in the glory of God's kingdom. When the Lord Jesus commands his disciples to eat his flesh and drink his blood, he invites us to take his life into the very center of our being. That life which he offers is the very life of God himself. 
A Prayer for Father’s Day
Heavenly Father,
This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways--both big and small--they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.
For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
We make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord,  Amen

Queen of Heaven Catholic Elementary School: Tuesday June 27th 10:00 am
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School: Wednesday June 28th 10:00 am
St. Paul Catholic Secondary School: Thursday June 29th 10:00 am
Everyone is invited to attended any or all of our closing/graduation Liturgies
Tuesday and Thursday evening Masses will remain at 7 pm as usual

Happy Father’s Day to all our Fathers!!

Fr. Phil  

Feast of the Holy Trinity

Jesus reveals the Father in an unheard of sense. He is eternally Father by his relationship to his only-begotten Son, who, reciprocally, is Son only in relation to his Father. The Spirit, likewise, is inseparably one with the Father and the Son. Jesus reveals the triune nature of God and the inseparable union of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The mission of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit are the same: to reveal the glory of God and to share that glory with us by uniting us in a community of love with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus tells his disciples that the Spirit will reveal the glory of the Father and the Son and will speak what is true. Before his Passover, Jesus revealed the Holy Spirit as the 'Paraclete' and Helper who will be with Jesus' disciples to teach and guide them "into all the truth”. The ultimate end, the purpose for which God created us, is the entry of God's creatures into the perfect unity of the blessed Trinity. In baptism we are called to share in the life of the Holy Trinity here on earth in faith and after death in eternal light in the kingdom of Heaven. 

CONFIRMATION - Once again, congrats to all our students who were confirmed last weekend.  Please keep in mind what I asked you about last weekend: joining one of the ministries in the parish. Your presence is much needed here at Mass and in ministries. Last week in my notes of thanks, I failed to mention our Confirmation Retreat Director:- Anne Brisbois - Abbott. Thank-you Anne.

MASS TIME CHANGE: Please note that on Wednesday, June 28th, Mass will be at 10:00 am, not 9:15 am. This is the closing/graduation Mass for St. Dominic School. All are welcome.

Wishing you all a great week.

Fr. Phil   


CONFIRMATION:  Congratulations to all our students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. Your parents and sponsors should be very proud of you all. We welcome all your family members and friends to our parish to celebrate this wonderful Sacrament with you!  I am indebted  to our Confirmation Coordinator, Marie Jansa and our teachers, Jennifer Vandecouvering, Jennifer Marcantonio, Grace  Manicone and Deb Totino. Your dedication to our Confirmandi has been very much appreciated. I might add too, that it has been said by all our teachers, myself included, that our grade seven students have been a real pleasure to teach! Congrats to you all. Please let me know if any of you would like to join our ministries now that you are confirmed.  You are all welcome.
GARDENING:  Many thanks to our Knights of Columbus and their wives and children, Catherine Mowatt and her family and 10 students from St. Paul Catholic Secondary School for re-furbishing all the gardens on the church property. They all look amazing. My planter boxes on the rectory deck are blooming too! Thanks also, for rebuilding the veggie garden in the rectory backyard. I really appreciate all of your hard work last weekend.

Basil the Great, an early church father, explains the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives: 
"The Spirit restores paradise to us and the way to heaven and adoption as children of God; he instills confidence that we may call God truly Father and grants us the grace of Christ to be children of the light and to enjoy eternal glory. In a word, he bestows the fullness of blessings in this world and the next; for we may contemplate now in the mirror of faith the promised things we shall someday enjoy.  If this is the foretaste, what must the reality be? If these are the first fruits, what must be the harvest?" (From the treatise by Basil on The Holy Spirit)
The Lord Jesus offers each one of us the gift and power of his Holy Spirit. He wants to make our faith strong, give us hope that endures, and a love that never grows cold. He never refuses to give his Spirit to those who ask with expectant faith. Jesus instructed his disciples to ask confidently for the gift of the Spirit: "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13).  Do we thirst for God and for the abundant life he offers through the gift of his Spirit?

I wish you all a great week!

Fr. Phil