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A2 Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY June 2016 News &Analysis Conesus Lake , Livonia WWW.CAMPSTELLAMARIS.ORG 585-346-2243 SUNDAY, JUNE 5th , NOON-3PM (RAIN OR SHINE) SUMMER OPEN HOUSE 4395 EAST LAKE RD, LIVONIA, NY, 14487 CAMP STELLA MARIS REGISTER TODAY! Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop June 2016 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This past Sunday, May 29, 2016, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi. At holy Mass, the cel- ebrant prayed the opening prayer: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. On this solemnity we gathered to renew our love and devotion to Jesus Christ truly present in the most holy Eucharist, the sacra- ment that should fill us with the spirit of wonder and awe in the presence of our God. Both the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the subse- quent instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (Sacrament of Re- demption), issued by the Congrega- tion for Divine Worship and the Dis- cipline of the Sacraments on March 25, 2004, repeat the constant teach- ing of the Catholic Church, namely that "The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Chris- tian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ" (The Code of Canon Law 897; cf. also Catechism of the Catholic Church,1324; Lumen Gentium, Vatican II, The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 11). In view of this sublime reality, we come to understand that it is an ex- traordinary privilege for us to par- ticipate in the Eucharistic sacrifice, the foundation and heart of our re- demption in Christ. When we ap- proach the celebration of holy Mass or any of the sacraments with this spirit of gratitude, it essentially changes our attitude toward the sacramental nature of the church. Realizing that in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, Jesus comes to us, we then approach Him not asking what is in it for me, but how can I possibly thank the om- nipotent God who has chosen to come to me! We realize that the sacraments are God's gift to us; He graciously invites us to participate in His life through these personal encounters with Him. When St. John Paul II declared the Year of the Most Holy Eu- charist in 2004, he did so realizing that it was very necessary to recap- ture the transcendent and awesome nature of the Eucharist. The sad and continuing decline of those faithfully attending Mass each week gave evidence that a signifi- cant number of those who were baptized into the church do not ful- ly appreciate the reality of Christ's real presence at every celebration of the Eucharist. In fact, recent polls, while perhaps questionable, are no less disturbing when they in- dicate a high percentage of Catholics who do not understand the theology of the real presence or simply do not believe that Christ becomes present, body, blood, soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine at the Mass dur- ing the institution narrative, the consecration (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, number 1353). Continued on page A9 The Eucharist sustains us Polish Arts Festival Qpmjti!ejoofst!!)6.9!QN*! Upvs!pvs!cfbvujgvm!mboenbsl!divsdi" Qjtbolj!efnpotusbujpot! Hbnft!gps!bmm!bhft ! Mjwf!Nvtjd;!Lpnsbet!)8.22!QN*! %5-111!jo!sbgft-!npsf! Jdf!dsfbn-!gsjfe!epvhi-!qpubup!qbodblft Bvhvtu!6ui;!6.22!QN!!Bvhvtu!7ui;!5.22!QN ST. STANISLAUS Dpsofs!Ivetpo!Bwf/!'!Opsupo!Tu/-!Spdiftufs-!OZ Dbmm!578.4179!ps!wjtju!xxx/qpmjtibsutgftu/psh Reviewer offers suggestions for summer reading USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency WORLD & NATION State, governor sued over farmworker rights Look for these HEADLINES under the section tabs at www.CatholicCourier.com SPORTS-LEISURE LOCAL NEWS

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