A View from the Rectory Window

June 4, 2023 – A View from the Rectory Window


“Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.”

At the end of a late-night dinner, Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor gave this singular reply to fellow writer Mary McCarthy, who’d just pronounced her thinking of the Eucharist as a symbol, and a pretty good one. “That was all the defense I was capable of,” O’Connor explains in her December 1955 letter to a good friend. “But I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable.”

Flannery O’Connor’s words might well shake us out of any sense of the Eucharist as a routine celebration.

Sometimes we all need to be re-awakened to what we believe.

Before the Blessed Sacrament Altar, Saint Maximilian Kolbe saw the Savior. “God dwells in our midst,” he exclaimed, “in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. He remains among us until the end of the world.”  He went on to say:

“If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion”

 Throughout the year ahead, I invite you to join with me and our parishioners in the many events intended to          re-awaken our wonder and awe and belief in the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.

On Sunday, June 4, 2023, at 3:00pm in Immaculata Hall, Father Leo, the renowned “Cooking Priest,” brings   people together one meal at a time! It is a fun, family focused event intended to bring about a future of stronger families, closer relationships, and a deeper understanding of Jesus as food for our mind, body and soul.  In anticipation, check out ‘the cooking priest’ on YouTube.

On Sunday, June 11, 2023, we will have a Corpus Christi Mass and Procession at Saint Casimir Church.  The schedule we will follow is:

9:00am Mass in Saint Casimir Church

9:45am Eucharistic Procession with our Lord around the Church campus

10:30am Benediction in Saint Casimir Church

11:00am Hospitality in Saint Casimir Lower Church

I encourage you to join me and our parishioners at either or both of these events, Father Pete


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