Sunday's feast is, more properly, 'Corpus et Sanguinis Christi'; the Body and Blood of Christ. When Jesus says 'this is my body/blood' he is not only referring to the Eucharist but to his physical body and blood which he offered in service and redemption for us both in his ministry and on the Cross and which were raised in the glory of Easter. Today's feast reminds us that: we are, together (whatever our differences) the one Body of Christ, the Church; we come to Him who gives us His body and blood in the living Eucharist; we share in the one bread and one cup - in communion and community; we are called to give our own bodies ('the strength of our arm and the sweat of our brow', as St Vincent says) in the service of our sisters and brothers; and, where He, the head, has gone, we will, by God's grace, one day follow.
RECENTLY DECEASED Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed, especially:
Benita Martin (Funeral, Hendon, 20 June) Bridie Byrne (Funeral, 24 June, noon) Kieron Kelly (Funeral, 30 June, 11 am)
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are sick and those who care for them.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO PARIS
You may have seen the notice sent the other day about the proposed pilgrimage to Paris, 6-9 September (if not, check your spam or the notice board in the Narthex). If you are interested, please let us know before 24th June. The cost will be approximately £400. A DAY WITH MARY The next Day takes place on 18 June at St Francis de Sales, Hampton Hill, beginning at 10 am. FUNDRAISING CAKE SALE Dana and Adi Latter are very grateful for the support that they received; they raised £350. You can find out more about them, and still contribute on-line if you wish, on their justgiving page. DRUMALIS; PATHWAYS PROGRAMME Drumalis Centre in Larne is offers its Pathways Faith Formation Programme on-line; the next course begins in Autumn. This is a course that Fr Eugene helped to set up and which continues both there and in Dublin. There is no required course-work; it is simply an opportunity to explore issues of faith today. If you would like to learn more, check out Drumalis.co.uk WESTMINSTER DIOCESE; VACANCIES There are always a number of different posts available throughout the diocese and at the diocesan curia. At the moment, there is a post for Choir Director in Education. To find out more about this, and other posts, see jobs.rcdow.org.uk SALVATORIAN COLLEGE; VACANCIES Owing to rapid expansion, Salvatorian College has vacancies for teachers, or those looking to train to teach, in the following subjects: Religious Education, English, and Spanish. In addition, there are vacancies for the following educational support roles: Head of Vocal & Choral Music, and Science Technician. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. CAFOD 'FIX THE FOOD SYSTEM' CAMPAIGN CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, have begun a campaign focussing on the faults in our food system and the need to put people's needs before profit. Brochures will be available in the Narthex. Amongst other things, they suggest writing to the Foreign Secretary. You can find out more about the campaign, order more booklets and look at other ideas at cafod.org.uk COMINGS AND GOINGS Melanie is taking some annual leave this week and next, so the office will not be attended Tuesday-Thursday. I will be participating in the General Assembly of the Vincentians and will be away from 26 June - 16 July. Please keep the Assembly in your prayers. Fr Ray is taking a very well-deserved break in Ireland and will return on 22nd June. We hope that John will be able to visit his family in Cameroon in July and August. When, and if, you have an opportunity to rest, relax, recreate, renew and recover this summer, may you enjoy every moment of it! . AND FINALLY...for Corpus Christi...During Lockdown, I discovered the acapella group Voces8; for the feast, you can listen to Andrea Haines and Blake Morgan perform The Corpus Christ Carol on Youtube here . In this coming week, we will have the feasts of : The Nativity of John the Baptist (23rd, moved from 24th) The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (24th) The Immaculate Heart of Mary (25th) May we, the living body of Christ, unite before His eucharistic presence and honour that presence in one another. Rev Eugene Curran CM