Moments of Grace: Eucharist
The Eucharist. The source and summit of our faith. A moment of God's grace.
Is it only a moment of celebration in the Mass? Is it a routine tradition established long ago? Or is it something more?
Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper while celebrating the Passover meal. It is through the gift of the Eucharist that Christ is present to us today and every day. Each time we receive the Eucharist, we have an opportunity to grow deeper in union with Christ, strengthen our resolve against the temptation of sin, and revitalize our love for all God's people. It is the ultimate expression of the love between God and us - it is a sacrament of love. Through our adoration and reception of the Eucharist, we experience the moment of grace in the Body and Blood of Christ so that we may bring moments of grace to the world.
The Catechism states: "Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbor."
Pope Francis adds: "We must always bear in mind that the Eucharist is an act of Christ because it is Christ, who makes himself present and gathers us around him, to nourish us with his Word and with his life. This means that the mission and the very identity of the Church flows from the Eucharist. A celebration may be flawless on the exterior, very beautiful, but if it does not lead us to encounter Jesus Christ, it is unlikely to bear any kind of nourishment to our heart and our life. Through the Eucharist, Christ wishes to enter into our life and permeate it with his grace, so that in every Christian community there may be coherence between liturgy and life."
Do we allow the Eucharist to transform us into living a Eucharistic life? How can your Church of the Home bring the Eucharist to the world? Australia's "Together At One Altar" has created a website to help you grow in understanding of being a person of the Eucharist, including:
CONCEPTS FOR LIVING A EUCHARISTIC LIFE
LOVING OTHERS After hearing stories of how Jesus showed love to others, we leave Mass and try to show God’s love to everyone we meet. It is easy to show love to the people who are nice to us, but it is very hard to be nice to the people who we find hard to love. This is exactly what Jesus asks us to do!
LOOKING AFTER GOD’S CREATION God has made so many beautiful things for us that we need to make sure we look after them. Just as God wants us to look after the people He created, He wants us to look after the animals, plants and other things that He made for us.
CARING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED Jesus taught us to care for others who have less than we do. We can do this through prayer and also through helping to raise money through Catholic initiatives such as Project Compassion.
GO AND ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD At the end of each celebration of the Mass the Priest sends us out into the world to take what we have learned through the readings and prayers and live like Jesus and show God’s love to people in our daily lives.
ALWAYS DOING YOUR BEST Even when it was really hard, Jesus always did his best to do what he knew God wanted. He often prayed to God to give him the strength he needed to do what was right.
HELPING SOMEONE Through his life, Jesus was always aware of people who needed his help. We too, need to always be ready to help others.
SHARING WITH OTHERS Another way of showing God’s love to others is by sharing. There were many times when Jesus shared with others.
SHOWING KINDNESS We can show kindness to other people, especially people who others are not kind to.
Celebrating Veterans Day
The holiday of Veterans began as a celebration of the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was called Armistice Day, but after several wars, the name was changed in 1954 to Veterans Day to honor soldiers of all wars.
November 11th also has a Catholic connection. It’s the Memorial for Saint Martin of Tours, who is the patron Saint of soldiers. In Europe, it was a centuries-old tradition to sign treaties to end conflicts on November 11th in honor of Saint Martin of Tours.
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READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
Wisdom is a beautiful gift from God. How does the Holy Spirit enable us to share wisdom? Through stories, gestures, and simple words, the lamp of wisdom and the light of Christ burns brightly in the darkness that enters the world. Join Fr. Paul as he reflects on this weekend's scripture readings.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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The Parish Lyceum will feature a variety of topics, guidelines, and relevant information to nurture the PIESS of our lives – physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social.
Executive Director Devon Christianson joins Katie and Tony to discuss how the sacred is revealed at the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Learn more about the ADRC at https://adrcofbrowncounty.org/
Recent Losses in Our Parish Family
The festivities include a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Bill Jartz from WBAY, silent auction, cash raffle and live music from the NEW Dueling Pianos.
Appetizers and drinks are included with ticket purchase.
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Ruby and Res
Ruby had the best seat in the house at Generations of Disciples Night on Wednesday. She learned all about the connections between the ordinary dinner table and the altar.