As a priest, there is no greater honor then to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy we call Eucharist. The word Eucharist is from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving, and it is fitting that we render thanks to our God. I am honored to lead you parishioners in this great thanksgiving prayer, and to pray over the bread and wine to be transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Celebrating this solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus, ought to cause us to reflect on the saving act of Jesus. He sacrificed himself, His Body was broken and His Blood was shed, for each one of us. Jesus invites us to this celebration and to this special meal. But He also challenges us and calls us into the sacrifice, whereby we give ourselves for others, following His example. The body broken and the blood poured out nourishes and transforms us who receive.
During my many years as a priest it has been a privilege to celebrate this special sacrament of God’s presence. This past year it has been my great honor to celebrate Eucharist with you here at St. Rita Church, to pour out myself in service and to walk with you in faith. I hope and pray that we are able to journey many years together, always growing deeper in our faith walk. May we all continually pour out ourselves for God and the building up of His Church. Blessings and peace.