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Christ is the Source of Life

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Dear Parishioners,

In the documents of Vatican II, the Eucharist is said to be the “source and summit of the Christian life”. It is also said that, without the Eucharist, the church cannot remain in existence. These are strong words, but over the last year and a half, we have felt the results of a decreased participation in the Eucharist.

We have put in a lot of effort to have livestream Masses. At one point during the pandemic, this was the only way we could celebrate Eucharist as a parish. I thank those who have given so much time to make our “virtual” parish ministry a reality. But our parish life has suffered because of the “Eucharist fast” that we had to endure. Eucharist, by its very nature, is a community-building event. We are truly the Body of Christ when we come together for Mass.

The extreme measures that were taken did play a part in slowing the spread of the virus. One result was our hospitals were not completely overwhelmed with patients as was once feared. The inoculation program has arrested the virus.  It seems people now feel safe to return to restaurants, bars, and sporting events.

We have reopened our church and we have returned to our regular Mass schedule on Sunday. Parish members are slowly returning to Mass, but there are still people who have not come back. Although the obligation to attend Mass has not been restored, it could be soon. Why wait? Come back and be an active part of the Body of Christ.

I invite everyone to examine their conscience and reflect on your Mass attendance. If you feel like there is a hole in your faith life, and you have not been coming to Mass, perhaps getting back into the discipline of attending Sunday Mass is the remedy for the spiritual malaise you might feel.

Jesus gave few direct orders in his time on earth, but his words ring out to us through time, “Do this in memory of me.” 

     Blessings,

     Fr. Mark