THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, CORPUS CHRISTI – June 6, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Lajos Kurta, by Karácsony Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

June5Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
June6Sunday9:15 AMJoseph & Mary Lechner, by Leonard Toth

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (also called, from Latin, Corpus Christi – meaning, Body of Christ). It generally falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in dioceses in the United States, it is moved to the following Sunday. The reason for Thursday is the desire of the Church to make a connection to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated on Holy Thursday.

What led to establishment of this feast? St. Juliana of Liege was born in Belgium in 1191. Orphaned she was raised by Augustinian nuns (along with her sister). Juliana later took vows as an Augustinian nun herself. At age 16, she began having mystical visions during Eucharistic Adoration in which she would see the moon in its fullness, with a dark spot on it. Christ later revealed to her that the moon symbolized the life of the Church, and the dark spot represented the missing liturgical feast that would promote veneration of the Most Holy Eucharist. For 20 years, she kept these visions a secret. Later, she expressed her desire to have such a feast established to Bishop Robert Torote of Liege, who after some initial hesitation instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi in his diocese. (At that time, bishops had that power). Several other bishops in the surrounding dioceses followed his lead. St. Juliana died in 1258, before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

In 1261, one of the original bishops who had instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi in his diocese was elected Pope Urban IV. In 1264, he instituted the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ as a universal feast for the Church and affirmed the authenticity of St. Juliana’s mystical visions. Pope Urban asked one of the greatest theologians in the history of the Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, to compose the text for the Liturgical Office for this new feast. These texts are used to this day.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ this weekend, let us thank the Lord for this beautiful Sacrament, which brings us so much consolation. Let us ask St. Juliana to help inspire in us a deeper love for the Eucharist. Let us offer prayers and sacrifices in reparation for the sacrileges committed against the Most Holy Eucharist. After all, on this earth, there is nothing more important than the Blessed Sacrament.

IMPORTANT NEWS: with the improving situation concerning the health pandemic, the bishops of Ohio have decided to reinstate the general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (Code of Canon Law, c. 1247). This will take effect in each of the Dioceses of Ohio the weekend of June 5-6, 2021. To read the letter with more explanation, please visit: Catholic Conference of Ohio (ohiocathconf.org)

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting the parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail. I know the times may be difficult for many people. If you are able at this time to send in your offertory donations, please do so by mail or use the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED

NEW POST PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS: Starting this weekend, June 5/6, the new (relaxed) protocols are in force. See the last week’s bulletin for details.

THIS SUNDAY the 9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth of Hungary) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saint-elizabeth-of-hungary-church-cleveland-oh-384926355393572  and on the website, https://stemeric.com/

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