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Fr Prasanth's Reflection for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Dear fellow Corpus Christians. In case you haven't received it, here is Fr Prasanth's message about being able to visit our Church tomorrow on the Feast of Corpus Christi to celebrate our parish's 100th anniversary. You can also read his reflection on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

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Our long wait is coming to an end. And how fitting it is that it is happening tomorrow, on the very day of our great feast of Corpus Christi, which is this year also the date that marks for us our 100th anniversary as a parish.

Although we have had to cancel the major celebration that we had planned for this weekend, which was to include a special Feast Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal Collins, we take great comfort in simply being able to open our doors as a parish community once again.

Accordingly, the Church will be open on Sunday, June 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. Entrance will be via the Main Front Doorsand exit through the North Doors. There will be ushers to welcome you and guide you to your seats in the church. Here are some important thinks that you need to keep in mind.

Corpus Christi is Ready to Welcome You with a Few Requirements

We all know that COVID – 19 Pandemic is not over, and so

kindly pay attention to the following requirements.

  1. For those who are elderly or whose immune system is compromised, and those who are hesitant to return to church at this time, please know that the obligation to participate at Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice.
  2. Entrance is not permitted to those who have an elevated temperature, or are suffering from cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, runny nose, chills involving shakes, loss of sense or taste or smell. If you are sick, you are kindly asked to stay home.
  3. If you have travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days, you are not to enter the church until you have completed the period of self-isolation.
  4. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask upon entering the church.
  5. Everyone is to use the hand sanitizer provided upon entry to the church.
  6. Maintain a two-metre (six feet) distance at all times in the church and on church property.
  7. Only 30% of the seating capacity is permitted by government regulations at this time. With social distancing protocol in effect, we will not be able to reach that limit. Still Ushers will guide you to the available designated seats.

Guidelines for attending the Mass will be emailed to you at a later time.

Tomorrow as we come to the church, it is an opportunity for private prayer in the presence, after so long a wait, of the Blessed Sacrament, the Body of Christ, which is at the very centre of our faith life as Catholics, and of our Parish mission and identity.

And as the Archdiocese has indicated, the opening of our churches on the Feast of Corpus Christi is the first in a series of carefully considered steps that will lead us safely to the full resumption of our life as a Parish Community, with the daily celebration of Mass at its very heart.

If you can indeed come to the Church for a moment of quiet prayer and adoration on tomorrow’s Feast Day, you may wish to consider two particular prayers as being especially appropriate.

The first is, of course, our Jubilee prayer, which we created at the very beginning of our year of celebration. Let us say it with special fervour and meaning on Sunday!

Gracious God,

We, the people of Corpus Christi Parish, are grateful for your sacrificial love present in the Eucharist.

As we celebrate our centennial year, may we grow in love and faithful service to You, and our sisters and brothers. We lift in prayer all those who have nurtured the faithful of our Parish, especially the priests who have served here. We pray, too, for our parishioners, past, present and future. Help us to share the gifts you have given us generously. May this be a time of renewal and joy for our parish. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

The second is the prayer written by Saint Alphonsus Liguori as an Act of Spiritual Communion, something that can sustain us through the remaining days until regular Masses resume:

My Jesus, 


I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

I look forward to seeing you again!

 

Note that the Church will also be open for private prayer and adoration on Monday June 15 and Tuesday June 16 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

 

Daily Mass will resume at 9:00 am on Wednesday June 17, 2020.

 

It is Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). A very special day for us the members of the Corpus Christi Parish, especially in this year as we celebrate the 100th    Anniversary of our parish. It would have been a great celebration on this day if we were not in the COVID-19 Pandemic situation. St. Thomas Aquinas called this sacrament “Tantum Sacramentum”, the awesome sacrament, the wonderful Sacrament.

Why is it an awesome Sacrament? Jesus said I am the living bread and the one who eats it will live forever. This bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in them (John 6.51-59). Jesus lives in us and we live in Him and so it is an awesome sacrament. The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ always nourishes and strengthens us in all situations of life.

The inspiring, encouraging, and heroic life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador whom Pope Francis canonized on 14th October 2018 is an example for us. This wonderful Sacrament gave him power, courage and strength to work for the poor and the marginalized. This Sacrament gave him the power to speak out against poverty, social injustice, violence, and torture amid a growing war between the left-wing and right-wing forces of his country. The most holy Body and Blood of Christ made him as a voice of the voiceless.  Romero courageously called for the cessation of violence and he criticized the national leaders and consequently, he received death threats.  A day before his murder, Romero said, “If they kill me, I will rise again among the people of El Salvador!” On March 24, 1980, Romero preached, “This Eucharist is an act of faith. May this Body immolated, and this Blood sacrificed for humankind nourish us also, so that we may give our body and blood, like Christ, for our people.”  Minutes later, while raising the sacred chalice during the consecration, Romero was shot dead. The awesome Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist nourished him, and it gave him the power and strength to sacrifice his life for others,

The people who were travelling were tired and hungry and were nourished by manna as we heard in 1st reading (Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16). That manna could not give them everlasting life. The Eucharist, as we heard in the Gospel ((John 6.51-59), nourishes, and gives us eternal life. So, it is a wonderful Sacrament.

 The Eucharist, The Holy Body and Blood of Christ unites us. St. Paul, to his community in Corinth said: “There is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1Corinthians 10. 16-17). The hymn that we sing in the church tells us the nature of our Eucharistic community: one bread, one cup, one faith, one baptism, one church.

Unfortunately, we cannot be together at this moment. But the power of the Body and Blood of Christ will unite us soon. It will give us the strength to work for the poor and needy in our community and elsewhere. It will empower us to raise our voice against injustice and violence of any kind like Archbishop Oscar Romero. This is the invitation we receive at the end of every Holy Mass: Go in Peace and glorify the Lord by your life.

Corpus Christi is ready to welcome you to our Church after a long absence. Our committed volunteers will be there to welcome you, guide you, provide you with proper assistance and take you to your designated seats. The Body and Blood of our Lord will nourish and give us the strength. Let us be united in prayer and pray for those who, for whatever reason, are not able to join us at the Table of God’s Word and the Table of Christ’s Body and Blood.

 

Pray with Cardinal Collins

Mass, Rosary and Angelus

Live from 7:30 - 8:10 am Monday - Sunday

https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live

 

To learn more about the Archdiocese of Toronto’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:  www.archtoronto.org/covid19.

 

 

Letter to the parishioners:

https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/news-events/news-archives/parish-news/pastors-message

Guidelines for Reopening

Cardinal Collins has released two new documents to help guide us in the process of reopening the churches. The first is a statement entitled Timeline for Re-opening Churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The second is the Archdiocese of Toronto “Return to Church” guidelines. Please take a look.

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A big thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous donation in this difficult time. Gratefully appreciate your commitment to the parish. All various ways that you choose to make your donations is encouraging, and it help us very much in our day to day operations. I am so grateful for your generous donations to the ShareLife as well. Thank you so very much.

 

We request - if you are able - to prayerfully consider supporting the financial needs of the parish during these unique times. Please feel free to drop off your offertory envelopes at the rectory or choose another option to donate at: https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/news-events/news-archives/parish-news/pastors-message

 

May God bless you for your generosity.

May the good Lord continue to keep us safe. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

In Christ, 

Fr. Prasanth. 

Last updated by Corpus Christi Web Admin Jun 14.

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Rev. Prasanth George Varambinakathu, CMI

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