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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

May 25, 2008 – Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The High Mass is of the feast with the Commemoration and Last Gospel of the Sunday. The Low Masses are of the Sunday within the Octave. Our annual outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament takes place this morning after the High Mass, with outdoor Benediction, as well as Benediction in the church at its conclusion.The Blessed Sacrament is exposed all day today for the adoration of the faithful until our closing Benediction that follows the 4:45 PM Vespers. Members of the Rosary Confraternity are kindly asked to take turns adoring the Blessed Sacrament from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. There will be a Holy Hour from 3:00 PM – 4:00PM. If you have not yet spent time in adoration this Corpus Christi, come this afternoon and visit with Our Savior, King and Friend. Don’t leave Him alone as we observe the eight hundredth anniversary of this feast.

The Sacred Heart
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, May 30th, should be marked with special fervor in our families where He has been enthroned as King of Love. Decorate your Sacred Heart shrine, renew your consecrations as a family and receive Holy Communion at the 11:25 AM or the 5:45 PM Mass. This feast offers us an opportunity to make reparation to His Sacred Heart for our coldness and indifference to the Blessed Sacrament, as well as to remember just how much He loves us. Make an effort to attend an extra Mass in His honor during the Octave. Remember, this is a feast Our Lord specifically requested personally of St. Margaret Mary. Shouldn’t you come?

Memorial Day
On Monday, begin your day by praying for our recent war dead, all deceased veterans and all of our dear departed. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at 8:30 AM with Memorial Day and May Devotions, and High Mass at 9:00 followed by Benediction.

The Queenship of Mary
May closes with the Feast of Our Lady’s Queenship this Saturday. End the month with your Blessed Mother. Masses are at 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM, followed by final May Devotions.

Next Sunday
The Blessing of Religious Articles follows all Masses at the communion rail. Join us, won’t you, for the Jog-a-thon awards and final results in Helfta Hall following the High Mass at approximately 11:00 AM. The usual first Sunday of the month second collection will be taken up for the support of our Seminary. Please be generous. Set your missal: The Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart. Commemoration of the Sacred Heart and St. Angela Merici. Preface of the Sacred Heart. Vespers and Benediction are at 4:45 PM.

Gain the Indulgences!
The faithful who visit the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi and during the Octave may obtain a plenary indulgence on each day on the condition of confession and Holy Communion. The faithful who receive Holy Communion for the first time or are present at the First Communion of others are granted a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions.

Upcoming Events
St. Gertrude the Great High School Commencement Ceremonies will be held Sunday, June 15, following the 9:00 AM High Mass. Refreshments will be served in Helfta Hall. All are invited.

Father’s Day Envelopes
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. Envelopes can be found in the pews or in the vestibule for the Father’s Day Mass Remembrance. Remember your father, grandfather, or any special father at Holy Mass. Simply fill out the envelope and return it to us before Father’s Day.