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Please join us for the Wednesday Night Film Series!

The words are familiar: The Last Supper. Communion. The Great Feast. Bread and Wine. The Holy Eucharist.  Jesus said, “This is my Body” and, “This is my Blood.” Some say they’re merely symbols of remembrance. Others say they’re really the Body and Blood of Christ, but can’t explain how that’s possible. The Eucharist is the center-point of the Mass, and the Catechism calls it the “source and summit of the Christian life” (Para. 1324) – but why?  The answers are here. In a ten part video series, renowned teacher Dr. Brant Pitre guides us through Scripture, history, and Church teaching to illuminate the wonder and miracle of the Eucharist. Episodes will be shown from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the church building.You are invited to join the PREP students for the Liturgy of the Word at 6:30 p.m. although this is not required.  Please be respectful of the Liturgy in progress when you enter the church building.  The dates for the sessions are as follows: 


1. November 16: Source and Summit: Introducing the Eucharist
2. November 30: In the Beginning: Garden of Eden and Sacrifice
3. December 21: Lamb of God: The Sacrifice of Isaac and the Passover Lamb
4. January 11: Miracles of Exodus: Manna and Water
5. January 25: Mysteries of the Tabernacle: The Bread of the Presence
6. February 8: Miracles of Jesus: Water, Wine, Loaves, and Fishes
7. February 15: Bread of Life Discourse: John 6 and the Real Presence
8. March 8: The Last Supper and the Cross: The New Passover of Christ
9. March 15: The Mass: Emmaus and the Mystery of the Eucharist
10. March 22: Revelation: Heavenly Worship and the End of Time


Click here for a printable copy of the information on the Eucharist film series

Bishop Noonan Calls Us to Pray
 
All life is sacred as each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God.  We cherish each person as a child of God.  We pray for victims of violence and acts of terror...for their families and friends...and all those affected by such acts against God's love. We pray for the people of the city of Orlando that God's mercy and love will be upon us as we seek healing and consolation.  Every time we look at the Cross, we see how God has forgiven us in Christ – with a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things; love never fails. We dry the tears of those who weep and mourn as gently as Veronica wiped the Lord’s bleeding face on the Via Dolorosa. May the Peace of Christ dwell within our heart.

 

Year of Mercy Prayer

 

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the 

Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS:
Read the full text of the Bishops’ 1994 Pastoral Letter, “Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action” at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/culture-of-violence.cfm.
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