Corpus Christi Mass & Eucharistic Procession | June 19

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June 6, 2022


All are invited to join us in this public witness of our Catholic faith and a kickoff to the National Eucharistic Revival on Sunday, June 19 at 9:30 am. This Mass will be located in the grassy fenced-in area behind the rectory and east of St. Joseph School. 

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy outdoor Mass as a Four Parish, One Faith cluster. Following Mass, a eucharistic procession will take place in the downtown Rice Lake Area. The benediction will conclude in St. Joseph Church.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following Masses will be canceled on Sunday, June 19th to accommodate this Mass & procession: 8:30 Holy Trinity, 10:00 am Our Lady of Lourdes, and 11:00 am St. John the Evangelist. Please make plans to join us at St. Joseph or another Mass time on this weekend.

As you may have heard us announcing we are planning a Eucharistic Procession on June 19th. What is a Eucharistic Procession?

What does “Corpus Christi” mean? The words “Corpus Christi” mean “Body of Christ” and are another name for the “Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ” celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. This solemnity marks with particular emphasis the doctrine of Christ’s real presence—body, blood, soul, and divinity—in the Eucharist. What is a Corpus Christi procession? The Corpus Christi procession, most often held on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, is a “public witness of faith and worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament” (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass [HCWEOM], n.101). Founded upon the Church’s belief that Jesus becomes substantially present to us in the Eucharist at Mass, the Corpus Christi procession is one of the ways that we express our devotion to Christ (Eucharistic adoration, Forty Hours devotions, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament are some other forms of devotion). A Corpus Christi procession usually begins after the celebration of Mass, at which the host for the procession is consecrated. Placed in a monstrance (a sacred vessel that displays the sacred host to the faithful), the Blessed Sacrament is then carried out of the church and through the streets of the city or neighborhood accompanied by the songs and prayers of the people. Often there are altars decorated along the route where the monstrance is placed and the people are blessed. In this way the Church shows that Christ, here among us, walks with us on our pilgrimage to heaven.

On June 19th we will only have a 9:30 AM mass on the green playground East of the School. It will be an outdoor mass. Bring lawn chairs and or blankets. After mass the Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the monstrance. The priest or deacon will carry the monstrance in the procession. The Knights of Columbus will be helping. We will have altars along the way where we will stop and sing hymns. We will also pray the Rosary and say litanies along the way. It is just a wonderful testimony to our faith. A great way to witness to our faith. This will be a cluster event so please plan to join us.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

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