Why did Jesus offer himself as "food and drink" to his disciples? Jesus chose the time of Passover to fulfill what he had announced earlier at Capernaum - giving his disciples his body and his blood Jesus’ passing over to his Father by his death and resurrection, the new Passover, is anticipated in the Last Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist or Lord's Supper, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the church in the glory of God’s kingdom. This is the most significant meal of Jesus and the most important occasion of his breaking of bread. In this meal Jesus identifies the bread as his body and the cup as his blood. When the Lord Jesus commands his disciples to eat his flesh and drink his blood, he invites us to take his life into the very center of our being. That life which he offers is the very life of God himself. Jesus instructed his disciples to "do this in remembrance of me". These words establish every Lord's Supper or Eucharist as a "remembrance" of Jesus' atoning death, his resurrection, and his promise to return again. "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes". Our celebration of the Lord's Supper anticipates the final day when the Lord Jesus will feast anew with his disciples in the heavenly marriage feast of the Lamb and his Bride. Mark ties the last supper meal with Jesus' death and the coming of God's kingdom. Jesus transforms the Passover of the old covenant into the meal of the "new covenant in my blood".
When we receive from the Lord’s table we unite ourselves to Jesus Christ, who makes us sharers in his body and blood. This supernatural food is healing for both body and soul and strength for our journey heavenward. When you approach the Table of the Lord, what do you expect to receive? Healing, pardon, comfort, and rest for your soul? The Lord has much more for us, more than we can ask or imagine. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist is an intimate union with Christ. As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens us in charity and enables us to break with disordered attachments and to be more firmly rooted in the love of Christ.
Grade 8 students will be confirmed in the Fall of 2015. Grade 7 students will be confirmed in the Spring of 2016.
Important meeting dates for your calendars. They are mandatory meetings for parents and students.
GRADE 8 PARENT MEETING AND REGISTRATION Monday October 5, 2015@ 7 pm.
GRADE 8 ENROLLMENT CEREMONY AT ALL MASSES – Sat/Sun October 17/18, 2015.
GRADE 7 PARENT MEETING AND REGISTRATION Monday March 7, 2016 7 pm
GRADE 7 ENROLLMENT CEREMONY AT ALL MASSES – Sat/Sun April 2/3, 2016.
Class dates, retreat dates and rehearsal dates to be announced soon.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT – A copy of the parish financial statement will be included with the last bulletin
LAST BULLETIN – The final bulletin before summer will be June 20/21 weekend. An updated information sheet will be handed out mid-summer.