Fr. Steve’s Column 5-5-24

This weekend is First Communion Weekend for our 2nd graders.  They have been preparing hard all year — including making their first holy confessions not too long ago — and now they are finally able to experience the most intimate communion we can have with Jesus this side of heaven.  What a wonderful time to renew our own faith in the Eucharist as we watch our younger parishioners beam with excitement as they receive Jesus’ Body and Blood for the very first time.

This is even more special because it’s taking place during this time of Eucharistic Revival.  Throughout this Revival process, the entire American Church has made a concerted effort to re-teach the faithful that the Eucharist is not just a symbol, but rather is actually the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, merely under the appearance of bread and wine.  We know that many of the faithful are sadly unaware of this beautiful truth and therefore miss out on an incredible experience of closeness with Our Lord.  Receiving the Eucharist is a little glimpse of heaven itself, where that communion we experience with Jesus in the Eucharist will be brought to its complete and eternal perfection.  How tragic when people receive the Eucharist — or simply stop coming to Mass — because they don’t understand what Jesus is so freely giving us every time we approach the altar.  If we really understood what — more accurately, Who — we receive at Mass, nothing would ever keep anyone away!

I hope this First Communion Weekend is a good reminder for us of how special and privileged the Eucharist is.  The unbridled joy on our kids’ faces is a great reminder of the joy that Jesus desires for each of us, a joy that we sometimes take for granted because the Eucharist is so readily available to us.  During this weekend, as we pray for our 2nd graders, let us also pray that the Lord will kindle within each one of us the fire of His love, with an increased desire to be united with Him in Holy Communion.

❖ Mass Schedule ❖

8:00 am | 5:00 pm (Vigil)

7:00 am | 8:45 am | 10:30 am | 12:15 pm

Monday – Friday
8:30 am
5:30pm (Lent Only)

❖ Sacrament of Reconciliation❖

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❖ Eucharistic Adoration ❖

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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South Bend, IN 46637-3853