My Eucharistic Miracle that might have been: A couple of weeks ago, during the Saturday evening Mass, I spoke of a possible Eucharist miracle here at St. Maurice. I shared the story as part of my homily dealing with the need for us to share our experiences of faith and encounters with God.
I have had a wonderful time engaging many people about this “miracle” and their special encounters with the Lord through the Eucharist. Sharing that story has been a true gift of joy for me as I have been able to hear others speak about their great love for Christ.
In a nut shell, this is what happened. One of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion had gone on a call and the individual to whom she gave communion spit up the host. So, doing the correct thing, she brought the host back to the Church to be properly disposed of. In that situation, I had two options. I could have consumed the host or I could have dissolved the host in water. Being slightly germaphobic, in this situation I went with the second option. I placed the host in water and sealed it in a ciborium for safe keeping until it dissolved. Then something mysterious happened….
When I checked on the host what I saw shocked me. It seemed, to me, like the host was turning into something fleshy and there was clearly a red blood-like substance present. Needless to say, I kind of freaked out and immediately told Fr. Daniel about it. We both decided to give it a few more days to see what would happen. After that Saturday night Mass some parishioners asked to see the host, and so I showed it to them. They saw the red substance too!
A few days later I once again checked on the host. However, this time all I saw was basically clear water―what I had originally expected to see when dissolving a host in water. So, was it a short lived miracle? Most would say no. I’d probably say no, too. However, it has helped many of us open up about our faith, what we believe, and how the Lord has touched our lives, especially through His true presence in the Eucharist. That isn’t miraculous. That is what we are called to do. We should be spreading the Good News of the Lord’s existence in our lives with those around us.
This past Wednesday we wore ash on our foreheads to proclaim to the world that we are Christians. For the rest of Lent may our voices call out this same message as we share the stories of how God is truly alive in our hearts and lives.
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The Blessing of the Throats, a sacramental of the Church, is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of Saint Blaise. Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. The blessing of throats, when conferred during Mass, follows the homily and general intercessions or, for pastoral reasons, the prayer of blessing may take the place of the final blessing of the Mass. This weekend, the blessing will be provided during Mass and those wishing to have their throats touched by the candles may do so after Mass. Please note, the blessing is valid without the additional optional step of presenting yourself at the end of Mass.
The past two years of encounter with Parishioners of St. Maurice have been a blessing for me. It has broadened my perspectives of life and, more particularly, the priestly ministry. The overwhelming support and love lavished on me cannot be overemphasized. Through this same encounter, Sacred Heart of Jesus building project has reached the roofing stage and I believe the monies accrued now will suffice for the roofing as I return to Ghana on February 12. I want to use this medium to communicate my heartfelt appreciation to all donors for your unflinching and generous contributions. I particularly want to thank Fr. Ken, Fr. John Skirtich, the parish pastoral council members, and the entire faithful who have supported this project ever since it was introduced. I assure you that your contributions would be put to good use for the glory of God. Again, any donation for the next stage is welcome. Till I return for PhD, hopefully in August, I leave you all with the peace and joy of Christ.
Love you all and God bless you.
The week is June 17-22, 2018. Mission Week is a week long overnight experience in Lawrence and Beaver counties for youth currently in grades 9-12. This is a unique and fun opportunity for youth to live out their faith in a transformational way. More information and registration forms will be available soon! In the meantime contact Jo Ann McLaughlin-Klemencic at email@example.com or 412-271-6606, to express interest and to ask questions.