At the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., in his opening remarks, Robert Cardinal Sarah appealed to American Catholics not merely as believers, but as citizens and public witnesses:
“As you well know, what happens in the United States has repercussions everywhere. The entire globe looks to you, waiting and praying, to see what America resolves on the pressing challenges the world faces today. Such is your influence and responsibility.
In 2011, the National Catholic Reporter surveyed American Catholics specifically about the Eucharist and relevant Church teaching. That poll came up with these results:
· About 63-percent of adult American Catholics believed that “at the consecration during a Catholic Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.”
· The largest group, called “knowledgeable believers,” involved Catholics who knew what the church teaches regarding the Eucharist and also expressed a belief in this teaching. About 46-percent of adult Catholics in the study were knowledgeable believers.
The second largest group in size, 33-percent of respondents, is the “unknowing unbelievers.” Those Catholics did not know what the church teaches regarding the Eucharist nor do they believe in this teaching. Too many dismiss the spiritual significance and impact of witnessing the Real Presence, of receiving the genuine Body and Blood of Christ.
We should hunger for Corpus Christi, for the Body of Christ. We should desire to join with our fellow Catholics, the people who make up the living Body of Christ, in service and interaction and worship.
Even more essentially, we should hunger for the Eucharist. Please pray for our entire Church. For the Body of Christ.
We need more people to set the example by standing up (or more accurately kneeling down) to the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration. Our Adoration Chapel has many hours open and even if you can’t commit to an hour to come as you are able, to be generous with your time. Remember, no one can out do our Lord in generosity and adoration is one place where yourexample can truly show.
As I have said we are in a period of transition. One of the things that is troubling is that the number of Parish Organizations is dwindling so we have fewer groups to host the doughnuts after Masses on Sundays. So we are trying something new! We are putting each of you on the honor system. Starting this Sunday, June 18, there will be a money box to purchase the doughnuts. This is a trial and if it turns out to not work well we will have to re-think having them after Masses. Next Sunday, June 25, there will be no hospitality because of the Festival and July 2, the trial will continue but the doughnuts will cost $ .50 each. Thank you for your trustworthiness in advance!
Blessings of Corpus Christi and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend