Monday, July 4, 2011

Corpus Christi at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish

Good Morning,

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) was June 26, over a week ago, but I'm still thinking of it. After all, I named this blog after the Eucharist because it's so meaningful to me.

I attended Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois, because I was staying at my friends' house in that town.

As the Mass ended we had a procession around the parking lot. The pastor held the monstrance, and we all followed him around. It was very silent and reverent.

This parish has some events listed in the bulletin that impressed me:
1) There are two daily masses.
2) There are three different times for confessions every week.
3) The rosary is recited eleven times every week.
4) The Divine Mercy Chaplet is recited six times a week
5) Eucharist adoration is available seven days a week.

One of the priests is a parochial vicar, which sounds very impressive. What is a parochial vicar? I've never heard of one.

The pastor, Fr. Brian Grady, wrote an entire page about the Holy Eucharist. Here is part of what he wrote.

"Did anything of the bread and wine remain after their substance had been changed into Our Lord's body and blood? After the substance of the bread and wine had been changed into Our Lord's body and blood, there remained only the appearances of bread and wine. Because the appearances of bread and wine remain in the Holy Eucharist, we cannot see Christ with our bodily eyes in this sacrament. We do see Him, however, with the eyes of faith. Our bodily eyes, moreover, do not deceive us when they see the appearances of bread and wine, for these appearances really remain after the Consecration of the Mass. By the appearances of bread and wine we mean their color, taste, weight, shape, and whatever else appears to the senses. The change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ called Transubstantiation."

I believe.

One more thing: you had the option of receiving communion by kneeling at a communion rail at this church.

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