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Making a Visit
Years ago there was a common practice among Catholics of “making a visit” to church almost anytime. This was especially true of city dwellers who might be just down the block or within walking distance of their local church. But even in suburbia where people more often drive rather than walk, making a visit can still be a worthwhile practice.
Usually during the course of the day the church is quiet. The presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is now located in the Daily Mass Chapel just off the narthex. The tabernacle is more visible and accessible and located in a beautiful setting conducive to personal prayer and reflection. Making a visit is a way to step out of the rush of daily life and the hectic pace of modern day living. It’s a time to collect one’s or pray for a special intention or just be still in the presence of the Holy One. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to “make a visit.” It is time well spent and very much needed in our busy world.
Gifts Given and Gifts Received
You may have noticed a different procedure in the past few weeks at Communion time. In the past just before communion is distributed, a Eucharistic Minister would go to the tabernacle and bring out the large ciborium or container which holds the consecrated hosts and place it on the altar. These hosts had been consecrated at previous Masses and would be included in what was given out at communion time to those receiving. Most recently, however, we have made a very conscious effort to consecrate only those hosts which are brought forward in the offertory procession at the presentation of the gifts. Why? There is an important theological and pastoral reason.
The simple gifts of bread and wine that are received by the priest and placed on the altar represent in a sense the gift of ourselves. Thus the priest says, “Blessed are you Lord, God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.” But in the act of consecration those simple gifts are miraculously transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. And when we receive the Body and Blood of Christ we too are meant to be transformed into his likeness.
Thus when we make use of hosts consecrated at another liturgy, they are still valid matter, but we miss out on a profound symbolism: the very gifts presented become the very gifts we receive. My humble gift of bread and wine representing in a way who I am becomes the precious gift of Christ himself representing who I wish to become. And it is very fitting that the hosts brought forward in procession are in turn the very hosts received at communion time- gift given and gift received.
I invite you to think of this as members of the parish walk down the aisle with bread and wine in hand. They represent all of us and humbly bear what we are and yet wish ever more to become: the Body of Christ.
Sunday - October 22
7:00 a.m. People of the Parish 8:30 a.m. Patricia Leahy 10:00 a.m. Mass Guild Members 12 Noon John Reiger 5:00 p.m. Vincent Frasca
Monday - October 23
9 a.m. Corpsman Joseph P. Milano
Tuesday - October 24
9 a.m. Netta Salvatore
Wednesday - October 25
9 a.m. William & Teresa Russo
Thursday - October 26
9 a.m. Frank Marrazzo
Friday - October 27
9 a.m Howard Cudworth
Saturday - October 28
9 a.m. Jeremiah Melchiori 5:00 p.m. Rosalia Carbone
Mass Guild Members
October 22, 2017
Ella Grace Nutter
Lorenzo Joseph Rao
Theodore William Wilson
Marea Jolie Mastropolo
We ask the family of Good Shepherd to pray for the following couple who will receive the Sacrament of Marriage
in October, November, and December 2017
Jillian Johntry & Michael Feola
Lynn Lettieri & Craig Wellbrock
Renee Loester & Edward Jablonski
Kimberly Campo & Thomas Little