Weekend Refection (June 5/6)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Corpus Christi 2021
Do this in memory of me.
There are many levels to the commandment. The most obvious is the call to gather and celebrate Eucharist, the Lord's supper. It's what Christians have done from the first centuries. They would gather and share agape a love-feast; we might call it a pot luck dinner. Each would bring what they could; they would share. We are told nobody went without.
Then they would celebrate the Eucharist as we know it, the Jewish scriptures,
the stories of Jesus, or the apostles' letters. Indeed our second reading is one such letter from Paul. The gospels were initially an oral tradition then written down and then came the breaking of the bread. Only those who belonged shared the bread.
This sharing wasn't isolated, not simply ceremonial. It had to continue outside that celebration so that, as we learn, no one in the community was in need. It becomes apparent this was not a religious ritual separate from real life. This was a transformative experience; it transformed real life.
If the mass is only a ritual disconnected from life, it will be irrelevant; it will be pretty superficial. Our ancestors came to participate in the sacrifice of the mass. They knew that this one sacrifice of Christ became present on the altar, and they were inspired by it to try again. They joined their struggle to his sacrifice, not only their heroic faithfulness but also their sinfulness. They knew they needed his grace, that conversion wasn't over yet, and still a work in progress.
How has Eucharist changed your values, attitudes, relationship with the parish, community, and world? This is my body given up for you, do this in memory of me!
With Love and Blessings,
Daily Readings from USCCB
As a reminder, our parish has obtained access to Bishop Barron's
Word on Fire
video library for all parishioners and we can view any of his incredible series. A group of about 70 parishioners has been watching a video a week virtually. We've just started Bishop Barron's first series,
, a beautifully filmed and powerfully delivered overview of our faith. Please join us by texting the word BARRON to 84576 or go to
Live Stream Links
St. Catharine School Playground on Facebook
St. Catharine Church
St. Margaret Church
If you would like to volunteer please click on the link below and put your name in one of the spaces.
Please remember that masks are required at all times while on the church grounds. This is not only for the safety of our visitors but also our priests and worship team.
Virtual Prayer Book
Do you know someone that is in need of prayers?
Are they sick and need prayers of healing?
Do they need prayers for strength to get through this crisis?
Do they need prayers for patience while homeschooling their children?
Is someone lonely and could use a little lifting up by the Holy Spirit?
Add their name to our Virtual Prayer Book
. During the Prayer of the Faithful we will include them collectively by saying, "all those listed in our virtual prayer book" and they will be included along with all of the intersessions we are praying for during mass.
215 Essex Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Although we are currently hosting a limited number of public masses, we are doing our very best to maintain a community for our parishioners and friends.
If you are able, please maintain your contributions to the parish. Donations can be mailed, given electronically, or dropped off in the free standing mailbox outside the rectory offices.
This will help us continue to pay our staff, who continue to work, and maintain vital programs and operations.
More information on electronic giving can be found
or by contacting Lisa Cole at
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on Sunday, June 6 at 12:43PM