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June 18, 2017 -The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

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Trust in Jesus

Today’s feast celebrates another central mystery of our faith—the mystery of the Eucharist. Like the mystery of the Trinity, the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist can never be fully understood, but can only be believed. Just as the Israelites in the desert were invited to put their trust in God’s word to them, we are invited to trust wholly in the word of Jesus. In today’s Gospel Jesus promises to give us a share in his very own flesh and blood, and a share in eternal life besides. We are called to take him at his word and open our hearts to receive true nourishment and life from our participation in the Eucharist

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth
from the mouth of the Lord.

— Deuteronomy 8:3b

Treasures From Our Tradition

At the heart of today’s solemnity is a eucharistic procession, held in many parishes, that calls to mind the procession of Holy Thursday, yet has a purpose different from the somber adoration in the night watch. In the late Middle Ages, A procession through the city with the Blessed Sacrament was an occasion of heartfelt joy and great emotion. In a time when people seldom approached the altar to receive Holy Communion, the procession through the streets, past homes and workplaces, was a vibrant reminder that Christ was with them as a dear companion and guide. Every year on this day, a joyful procession winds through the streets of Rome from the Lateran cathedral. A few years ago, Pope John Paul II, deeply moved at the sight of the throng accompanying the sacred host, said that we ought to feel profoundly united with the faithful everywhere in the world at such a moment. “Before our mind’s eye all the Churches of the world, from East to West, from North to South, are present.” Originally this feast was on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but after the calendar reform of 1970, its title was expanded from “Corpus Christi” to “The Body and Blood of Christ” and in the United States it was moved to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. Even though Easter season ended two weeks ago, this beautiful feast is aglow with Easter light.

Corpus Christi Procession

This Sunday, June 18th, the Church celebrates Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. We will have a procession at 3:30 pm, following the Mass in French. We will have Benediction in three locations: in front of the Church when we start, at the southeast corner of Amsterdam Ave. and 125th Street, and in the Church upon our return. It is believed that St. Joseph of the Holy Family parish celebrated the first public Corpus Christi procession in New York City on May 30th, 1861.

St. Joseph of the Holy Family’s 157th Anniversary Gala

The Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family will be celebrat-ing 157 years of service in the Harlem community with a Gala scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017 at The Alhambra Ball-room. The cost of the event is $150.00. There is a payment plan for the cost of the event. Someone will be at the back of the church every Sunday or you may pay at the rectory Mon-days through Fridays, 9am—5pm. We hope to share more information about the Gala in the coming weeks.

Concert

World-renowned pianist Aaron Diehl will have a concert at the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family on September 30th, 2017 at 6pm as a fundraiser for our Food Panty. We hope you can save the date. More information to come.

Immigration Forum

There will be an immigration forum on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family, in Ko-mora Hall. This free immigration forum will provide important information on the current law and the available options for immigrants. The English and Spanish language forum will be held from 6pm-7pm, and the English and French language fo-rum will take place 7pm-8pm. All are welcome.

The Ascension of the Lord

The Church celebrates The Ascension of the Lord as a Holy Day of Obligation on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. We will have Masses at 9 am in English, 12 Noon Billingual, 7 pm Spanish., and at 8 pm in French.


 

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READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday 2 Cor 6:1-10; Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday 2 Cor 8:1-9; Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday 2 Cor 9:6-11; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday 2 Cor 11:1-11; Mt 6:7-15
Friday Dt 7:6-11; Mt 11:25-30
Saturday Is 49:1-6; Lk 1:57-66, 80
Sunday Jer 20:10-13; Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; Rom 5:12-15; Mt 10:26-33
   

 

Weekly Bulletins (PDF) 2017
- June 18, 2017
- May 21, 2017
- May 14, 2017
- May 7, 2017
- April 30, 2017
- April 2, 2017
- March 5, 2017
- February 26, 2017
- February 18, 2017
- February 12, 2017
- February 5, 2017
- January 22, 2017
- January 15, 2017
- January 8, 2017
 

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