Dear Fellow Parishioners,
On the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi Sunday, the Archdiocese of Seattle began a year of the Eucharist. Archbishop Etienne wrote a Pastoral Letter for the People of God called “The Work of Redemption, Eucharistic Belief and Practice in the Archdiocese of Seattle.” In the introduction to his letter he notes that the Covid-19 epidemic has impacted all aspects of our lives including our worship and that for all faithful Catholics, “the pandemic, along with the ‘Eucharistic fast’ it imposed, has revealed in a new way how central the celebration of the Eucharist is to we who are as Church and as community.”
Hopefully you have had the opportunity to read his letter in the June edition of the Northwest Catholic publication that was mailed to your home. If not, you can do so by clicking on this link “YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST BEGINS IN ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE”. Our archbishop invites us to celebrate a Year of the Eucharist through prayer and study so that we can grow in our faith and understanding of this great mystery of the unconditional and self-sacrificing love of our Lord Jesus Christ, renew our belief in the real presence of Christ in the Blesses Sacrament, appreciate more deeply the importance of gathering together to celebrate the Eucharist and to increase our hunger to receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, even when we cannot do so because of the far reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the next year, we will explore together the different dimensions of the Eucharist and come to understand more fully the “why” and “how” of our celebration of the Mass through resources provided by the archdiocese and our parish. I pray that for all of us this will be a time of growth in our relationship with the Lord, a strengthening of the bonds of community, and a time of deep gratitude for the gift of this “Bread from Heaven” that we have been given to help us to remain faithful and faith-filled disciples and followers of our Lord. May God bless us all!