August 25, 2019 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 25th, 2019

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Pope Pius X and Frequent Communion

In my article last week, I noted a problem of many Catholics not believing that the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  I invited you all to consider this question and share your thoughts with me: What are some ideas you have to solving the issue of Catholics not believing that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist?

I decided to write a few more words about Holy Communion for today’s column because of a recent saint’s feast day.  This past Wednesday (August 21st) was the memorial of Pope Saint Pius X.  He reigned as pope from 1903 to 1914.  One of his greatest legacies is his encouragement for the faithful to receive the Eucharist more frequently, even daily.

He wrote: “Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.”

Pope Pius X lowered the age for First Communion from the early teens to the age of discretion (about 7), as is our custom still today.  Regarding this decision he wrote: “Children have need of Him that they may be formed in habits of virtue; youth have need of Him that they may obtain mastery over their passions; maidens have need of Him that they may preserve their innocence untarnished; all men and women have need of Him that they may advance in virtue and carry out faithfully the duties of their state in life; there are none who can afford to neglect this great source of spiritual strength, none who can do without Him.”

Like Pope Pius X, I very much encourage frequent reception of Holy Communion.  I encourage everyone to not only attend Sunday Mass, but even to try to attend daily Mass if you are able.  What a great gift we have in the Eucharist, which is truly our “bread from heaven”.

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Update on the New Cemetery Sign

A few weeks ago, we made the announcement that we are looking into buying a new sign for Calvary Cemetery.  The estimated cost of the sign (including fabricating, shipping, and mounting) is $8,000.

To date, we have raised $600 in donations, and have another $4,500 pledged, for a total of $5,100.  This leaves us $2,900 short.

I encourage you to consider making a gift in memory of a loved one who is buried in the cemetery to help fund this project.  Checks may be dropped off at the parish office, or place in the collection (please put in an envelope and write “For cemetery sign”.  Thank you!

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Update on Front Steps Project

We have been talking for some time about replacing the church’s front steps.  Well the day has nearly arrived!  Construction will begin soon.

 

You are in my daily prayers.

God bless you,

Fr. VanDenBroeke

 

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