Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In this Year of Faith, Pope Francis has invited Catholic parishes throughout the world to join him in prayer in honor of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood  of Christ (Corpus Christi) which we celebrate next Sunday, June 2. In particular Pope Francis invites a communion of prayer in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament beginning at 5:00 pm (Vatican time) which is 11:00 am. our (Raleigh) time. That we may join as the Body in Christ in prayer with Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the world, the 11:30 am Mass will conclude with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue in the church all afternoon concluding with benediction and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament prior to the 5:30 pm Mass. Please set aside time to join in prayer, here in church or in your home.

As we prepare to celebrate what has traditionally been called Corpus Christi Sunday, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the need for reverence of and for the Body of Christ. I’ve noticed that a plethora of people seem to leave after receiving communion as if they got what they wanted and leave, disrupting the Body of Christ they are a part of. This early departure seems to serve individual convenience above reverence for the Body of Christ gathered. Please arrange your schedules such that you do not leave early, even if this means reading the bulletin in the parking lot, praying the rosary for patience in your car, or discussing the homily with those who might be traveling with you.

On this Memorial Day weekend may we remember our service members and all who have died in service to our nation. May they rest in peace and may all who journey through grief know God’s consolation and peace.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark