Worship Resources For Everyone
Note: In an effort to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 we continue Social Distancing
Addition of a Saturday Evening In-person Mass
To help with social distancing we will temporarily have two Masses each weekend, Saturdays at 5:00pm, and Sundays at 10:00am. If you are able to help serve as a lector, usher or greeter at this time let me know. Help with the 5:00 Mass is especially needed at this time. Training is available.
– Mask are required, and all safety procedures will be followed.
– Sign up is recommended. Seating will be limited to 40 households.
– Walk-ins are welcome, but limited by available space. You can make your reservation on-line at: SignUpGenius.
– For safety, there will be no singing, but there will be live instrumental music.
– If you would like to serve as an usher or greeter, let Sue know.
Daily Mass will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM.
– Masks are required.
– Reservations are not required. You will sign in when you attend Mass for tracing purposes.
Walk-Up Communion on Sunday mornings, will be from 8:45 to 9:30 AM.
– Masks are required.
– Enter at School Door #1 by the East parking lot.
– This is not an obligation but rather an invitation.
There is a lot going on at Corpus Christi and we are trying to make sure all are informed. If you have not been receiving parish emails with important updates please contact the parish office so we can add you to the list. Please help us care for one another by checking in with those who used to sit near you at Mass and let us know how best to reach out to them.
As the staff at Corpus Christi continue to try new things to meet the needs of our community, let us know what is working and what is not. We invite you to respond with your feedback.
For Your Reflection
This Sunday finds Jesus sharing one of the best-known discourses on love. He reminds the disciples of his commandment that acts as an anchor for them as the branches, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” This is an invitation to live in close relationship as a friend to Jesus. Jesus further continues with “This I command you: love one another.” This imperative commandment calls the disciples to actively love, reaching out to others – God to Jesus, Jesus to his disciples, the disciples to one another and beyond. This unconditional love cannot stop there, but must be moved out beyond the confines of this group into the broader world. They are being called into the mission of bearing fruits of this deep love that still continues today some 2000 plus years later. Jesus’ mission and ministry were to share with all people the love of God that he knew so intimately. His actions towards the “lesser ones” of the world was to demonstrate to them that they are not only worthy of love, but they were already loved. How did Jesus love? Freely without restriction and without seeking something in return. He loved those that no one loved and he loved those who hated him and sought his demise. No one promised us that following Jesus would be easy but we have the love of God as our anchor. To live in the love of Jesus and know the love of God all we have to do is love one another in return. It seems simple, but we are challenged sometimes by people who make our lives difficult and unpleasant. Can we love those who hate us? Can we love those who are ridiculed and despised? Can we love people who practice or look differently? Can we love without counting the cost? As Christian people, we believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. To look upon another person with love and compassion is to see the face of God revealed. When we are called to love, we are called to recognize that every single person is worthy of love and made in the image of God.
To begin to love our neighbor as yourself, we need to know two things: we need to know what love is and we need to know that we are loved. Embraced by such love we are gradually transformed and begin to recognize God’s love in places we never suspected it would be found. The love of God breaks down the barriers between Gentile and Jew, between slave and free, between the poor and the prosperous, between women and men, between young and old. Our eyes are opened to the ways we have tried to confine God’s love to the conventional boundaries we have set. We discover that our own insistence on legitimate religious practices may really be spiritual elitism, perhaps what we judged wrong was merely an unfamiliar openness to God’s truth. We live in a day and age when offense is as common as breathing. Lines and labels divide us and criticism runs rampant. That is not God’s love. We should be more intentional with our words to build people up instead of tearing them down. Speaking words of encouragement will attract people to relationship with God instead of repel them. We may not agree with the choices people make for themselves, but we can always find something good if we take the time to look for it. Celebrating with them in spite of our own preference or pain is a strong show of love. Our time, talents, kindness, compassion, joy, and prayers are all free-flowing things meant not for hoarding but for continuous sharing. To love one another we show up and are present with hearts open, allowing the other to be what they are and support them in love. Every time God puts a person in our lives, we are given an opportunity to grow in love and when we love one another, the divine image shines more brightly within us. Be kind. Build bridges. Go above what is expected to show love as Jesus’ commands.
Music as Prayer (Bis orat qui bene cantat)
A greater entrance into the prayer of the Liturgy is achieved by being familiar with the music. In particular, the Psalm functions best as a meditation on the readings when we know it well and the mechanics of singing it do not consume too much of our focus. Similarly, with the individual parts of the Mass Settings (the sung acclamations)
Links to the music for this week are now provided on the Worship At Home page.
You may also find the Corpus Christi Songbook page helpful to your sung prayer during this time of social distancing.
The Worship Calendar: