THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B)
Sunday 6 June 2021
Please contact the parish to receive the newsletter by email each week.
Message from Canon Kristian
Dear brothers and sisters
This weekend we have the second of our Sundays which have as their focus a foundational teaching, central to the understanding of our Faith as Catholic Christians. This Sunday we are asked to give particular thanks for, and appreciate in a special way , the immensity of the gift which is the Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood. It is the Holy Eucharist that forms the Church and is the source and summit of her life. It is through our participation in that same Eucharist and our reception of the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ that we are transformed into the Body of Christ. In one of his many surviving sermons, St Augustine of Hippo, referring to the reception of Holy Communion, coined the phrase: “ You become what you receive” (Easter Sermon 227). As we honour and reverence the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacramental Elements, we are likewise called to reverence and honour the divine presence in ourselves and in others, particularly in those most in need, remembering the words of Jesus at the Judgement in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats:
“In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
Just as it is through the power and action of the Holy Spirit that the ordinary bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, so it is through our openness to the same power and action in the Eucharist that we can be transformed. However, this spiritual transformation doesn’t work by magic. We have to be open and willing to co-operate with the grace of God already at work within us. This requires us to have the courage to let go of those things – sometimes but not always sinful – which impede our growth and development in the spirit and the courage to allow ourselves, both as individuals and together as a Church, to be guided into new and uncharted waters – or to “put out into the deep” as St John Paul II insisted in his Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte, issued at the close of the Great Jubilee Year 2000, with reference to the invitation of the Jesus to the disciples on shore of the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:6):
“At the beginning of the new millennium, and at the close of the Great Jubilee during which we celebrated the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus and a new stage of the Church’s journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus when one day, after speaking to the crowds from Simon’s boat, he invited the Apostle to “put out into the deep” for a catch: ‘Duc in altum’ (Lk 5:4). Peter and his first companions trusted Christ’s words, and cast the nets. “When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish” (Lk 5:6). Duc in altum! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever” (Heb 13:8).”
Although over 20 years have passed since St John Paul II wrote this Letter , it is well worth reading it again, as we face the challenge of new beginnings following the pandemic.
This week we will also celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Focus on, and prayer to, the Sacred Heart is another of those devotions which is characteristic of Catholic spirituality and piety, even if it is not so prominent as it used to be in days of yore. However, June is the month in which Catholics traditionally centre their prayer on the abundant, profligate and unconditional love of God for us and for all his creation, symbolised in the iconography of the burning Heart in the breast of Jesus. This is an understanding of God which never becomes outdated and so rightly we renew our devotion to the Sacred Heart each year. If you don’t have an image of the Sacred Heart in your home, then this month might be an appropriate time to get one and to put it in a prominent place. Likewise, you might perhaps add a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or even recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart , as part of your daily prayer throughout June. Whatever you do, it is important to remember that the extraordinary love of God, expressed in the total gift of Christ for the world through the Cross and Resurrection, forms the centre and heart of every person and of every family and household.
The meeting of the G7 – the group of the seven nations with the largest advanced economies – will be taking place in Carbis Bay in Cornwall from Friday 11-Sunday 13 June. This is a unique occasion for our diocese situated down in the South West. Major issues, such as the state of the world as it starts to emerge from the Covid pandemic and the need to respond concretely to the environmental challenges being posed by climate change, will be amongst the topics of discussion. It is important that we keep this meeting in our prayers, asking that the Holy Spirit of God will guide the discussions and decisions of these national leaders. We are invited to join Bishop Mark and other local Faith Leaders in an interfaith service in Truro Cathedral on Thursday, which will be live-streamed. The details of how to join in are in the Newsletter.
As our parish life begins to open up again slowly, there will be a meeting of the Parish Fundraising Group in the hall next Saturday at 9.30am. This is an important group for our parish; not only does it look at ways of raising much needed funds needed to support our parish community, but it also often plays an important role in organising social gatherings as a way of achieving this aim – and we all know how much we have missed proper social interaction over this last year or so. This group is open to any parishioner who would like to help with planning our fund-raising activities, so there will be a very warm welcome for any new members who might turn up on Saturday morning.
I am sure the other parish groups that were in operation prior to the onset of Covid will gradually start to re-emerge over the next few months, together with some new ones. Along with the suggestion in the Newsletter of the possibility of forming a Grandparents Group, given the Bishop’s encouragement in the document A Precious Place of God’s Grace – a document we will have occasion to reflect on together – there will be a need to review the ways we reach out to others outside of our community, whether in terms of evangelisation and the spreading of the Christian message or in terms of social care and social justice. As always, any ideas you might have would be very gratefully received.
Monika Manser has produced her usual helpful guide to imaginative contemplation on this Sunday’s Gospel (available on the parish site here). You can also read the latest Newsletter of the Diocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation and Catechesis online here and the last Newsletter from St John’s, our parish school can be downloaded here.
I keep you all in my daily prayers.
With every blessing
Coming to Church – “Hands/Face/Space”
When coming to church for services, please observe the social distancing rules, wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) and sanitise your hands frequently. Please also maintain an appropriate distance from others at all times, both inside the church and outside in the carpark.
If you would like to come to Mass at the weekends, please contact the Parish Office to book a place, either by telephone on weekdays between 10.00am-1.00pm, or by email. There is no need to book a place at a weekday Mass but, on arrival at church, please give your details to one of the stewards.
Easing of Restrictions
From this weekend, there is a new seating arrangement at St James. Please take care to sit in the place assigned and to follow the direction arrows on the floor. Holy Communion will be distributed from the Altar step.
A few parishioners have asked about receiving Holy Communion directly onto the tongue. This is now a possibility but, because this way of receiving the Eucharist carries with it a greater risk of spreading infection, those who wish to return to receiving Holy Communion on the tongue are asked to present themselves at the end of the Holy Communion procession. It is also important to open your mouth wide and extend your tongue, so that the Host can be placed on it without the priest’s fingers coming into contact with any part of the mouth.
Care for Creation Youth Event
Social Justice – what do we mean, what is our responsibility and what can we do? This day event at St Rita’s, Honiton, on 3 July, 10.00am-4.00pm, for young adults aged 12-20 is a chance to explore social justice topics around care for creation, broadening knowledge and expressing views. Parents and guardians are also invited to attend their own workshops to explore the same issues and explore ways of supporting young people in their campaigns. A contribution of £10 per person is requested to help cover costs of speakers and lunch. If you would like to attend, please go to https://forms.office.com/r/chUcje9sam.
Evangelium – Making Disciples, Speaking the Truth in Love
The latest edition of Evangelium, the newsletter of the Diocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation and Catechesis, is available to download here. The main article is based on the talk ‘Missionary Parishes, Missionary Disciples’ given by Michael Dopp to the clergy and laity of the diocese on 1 May. Other articles feature the work being done in the areas of catechesis, youth, marriage and family life.
G7 Interfaith Event – Building a Better World after the Pandemic
A livestreamed event from Truro Cathedral this Thursday, 10 June, 7.00-8.00pm, is part of a series of actions in the run up to the G7 Summit in Cornwall. The event will reflect on the impact of the pandemic, how we rebuild, and will send a digital message to the Presidents and Prime Ministers ahead of the start of their meeting the next day. Bishop Mark will be speaking at this event along with other Faith Leaders. Everyone is welcome to attend. You can register to participate on the CAFOD website. Lots more information about the G7 Summit and actions we can all take can be also be found here on the CAFOD site.
Parish Fundraising Meeting
A meeting to share ideas and plan events to raise funds for the parish will take place this Saturday, 12 June, at 9.30am in the church hall. New participants are always welcome.
Canon Kristian will make the June draw at the 6.00pm Mass this weekend. Any parishioners wishing to join the club are asked to speak to Simon Coombs or Sheelagh Bourdon at St James and Teresa Cummings at St Boniface.
Homeless 4 a Night
The main event for this year’s sleep-out to raise funds for CHAT will be from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June. The challenge is to sleep under the stars, if possible, for a minimum of one night to raise some vital money for those who may not have a roof over their heads. You can do this wherever you wish, with whoever you wish and for as many nights as you wish! Once you have registered and are committed to raising a target of £25 sponsorship, CHAT will send you a fundraising welcome pack, which includes a beanie for each person sleeping.
Caritas Social Action Network is running a joint webinar with Reset on the Community Sponsorship Scheme on 14 June, 6.00-7.30pm. Community Sponsorship is a refugee resettlement programme with local people at its heart. It enables you to welcome a refugee family to your local area and support them as they rebuild their lives. This webinar is a great opportunity to find out more about community sponsorship, how to get involved and hear from refugees and parishioners who have experienced its transformative impact. The link to register is www.communitysponsorship.org.uk/events.
Catholic Grandparents Association
Grandparents have no agenda; they simply want the best for their grandchildren. They want them to be good, decent human beings, to know the difference between right and wrong, able to make good moral decisions and, if they go astray along the way, to be able to find their way back to a loving, forgiving, non-judgemental God.
Pope Francis has made Sunday 25 July the Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The Catholic Grandparents Association aims to support grandparents in the essential role within the family. If you think it would be a good and welcomed idea to set up a Grandparents Group in the parish as a place of support and encouragement for them, please let Canon Kristian know. More information about the Association can be found at www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org.
Parish Services and Events This Week
Saturday 5 June – St Boniface, Patron of our Diocese
- Memorial Mass at 12noon for Mary Walker RIP
- Holy Mass at 6.00pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 6 June – The Body and Blood of Christ (B)
- Holy Mass at 10.00am
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface) Pro Populo
Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (B1)
Tuesday 8 June – Weekday
- Holy Mass at 10.00am
Wednesday 9 June – St Columba, Abbot and Missionary
- Holy Mass at 12noon (at St Boniface)
Thursday 10 June – Weekday
- Holy Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 11 June– Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Burial of Ashes (George Fitz-Costa RIP) at 10.00am
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11.30am
- Holy Mass at 12noon
Saturday 12 June – The Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Fundraising Meeting at 9.30am in the Parish Hall
- Choir Practice at 11.00am
- Holy Mass at 6.00pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 13 June – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Holy Mass at 10.00am Pro Populo
- Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)