Fr. Bianco's Message for the Week: July 23, 2021
Dear Cathedral Parishioners,
This Sunday and the next four Sundays, the Gospel readings at Mass focus our attention on the Eucharist. We have been progressing through the Gospel of Mark, but for the next five weeks, the Church interrupts that progression to focus on John 6, which is foundational to our belief in the Eucharist.
Today’s Gospel recounts the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus’ only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. Our Lord, seeing the large crowds gathering to hear Him, has pity on them and provides nourishment. He performs the familiar actions of taking the bread, giving thanks, and distributing it to the people. Of course, this is a prefigurement of the Eucharist and of how Jesus will give completely of Himself on the Cross for our salvation.
The Eucharist is the ultimate gift we can receive. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word that means thanksgiving. We certainly give thanks to God for providing this spiritual Bread from Heaven.
During this Year of the Eucharist, I am happy to announce that adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will return in September, after Labor Day. Every Wednesday at the end of the 5:30 PM Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel until 8:00 PM. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to spend some quiet time with Our Lord exposed, offering Him our joys and sorrows, our praise, and our love. In turn, He will bless us more than we can imagine.
I would also like to announce that beginning this Monday, July 26th, daily Mass will move back to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for both the 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM Masses. If you are concerned about distancing from others, you are more than welcome to be seated in the nave of the church. There is amplification in the chapel, so the sound will carry into the main church.
Father Gough and I are thankful to have the privilege of serving you here at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen as together we seek to draw ever closer to the Lord.
May God bless you.
Father Louis A. Bianco
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