As we move from Easter Time to Ordinary Time, the celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ increases our focus upon the Eucharist. Processing through the streets with the Eucharist, we celebrate God's bountiful love for us. Just as the Gospel reading from Luke recounts that Jesus fed the crowds with a bountiful supply of loaves and fish, so does Christ more than satisfy us in the Eucharist.
While we contemplate the Eucharist in our lives, it is an appropriate time to examine the richness within the many Eucharistic Prayers the Church provides us. Unfortunately, some parishes rarely, if ever, use the Eucharistic Prayers in the appendix of the Order of Mass, leaving assemblies deprived of images of consolation and reconciliation. Richard E. McCarron explores the Eucharistic Prayers that appear in the appendix to the Order of Mass, and the Eucharistic Prayers for Children, in the article "Varying the Eucharistic Prayers Enriches Liturgy and Assembly."
In the column on Liturgical Spirituality, Rev. Ronald Patrick Raab, CSC, reflects on the prayer as the gifts are are offered in light of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Raab's essay "The Cup of Blessing Offers a Chance to Live Out God's Love" points out that just as Jesus entered into communion with the crowd, we who feast on the Eucharist are to unite ourselves with others.
The Liturgical Environment article considers how hospitable parishes are to people with varying abilities. Rev. J. Philip Horrigan offers parishes assessment tools in his article "Interior and Exterior of Parish Should Foster Inclusion." Parish staff and members of the art and environment commmission will want to read this article together.
The National Gathering on Christian Initiation TM (NGCI) 2019 will focus on the year-round catechumenate. Angela Darrow Flynn, who will be one of the presenters at the NGCI, writes in this issue of establishing the year-round catechumenate in her parish. Christian initiation team members will want to read "Implementing a Year-Round Model of the Catechumenate."
When we receive the Eucharist, we take part in an intimate sharing of the life of Christ. But that sharing in divine life is not to stop with us. In "Receiving the Eucharist, Opening Ourselves to Change," Kathy Kuczka writes that we do not let the Eucharist stop with us. The life we share in the Body and Blood of Christ must be spread to others. This bulletin insert will help form your parishioners in the faith.
Parents, grandparents, and others who form children in the faith would like them to understand that God makes use of simple things to reveal Himself to us. The Living Our Faith author Kathryn Ball-Boruff points out ways to help children see the divine in the everyday in the insert "God Appears in the Ordinary." Faith formation leaders will want to be sure this piece is read by parents.
May you become more aware of the love of God around you as we move deeper into spring.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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