Over the last few months, as you may know, our parish has been participating in a diocesan-wide process called "Faith in our Future." It is a process of consultation with parishes and various apostolates of the diocese to develop a strategy for the work of the Church in years to come. Its goals and the progress we have made so far are described in this week's
. Please take the time to read it.Parishes in the Diocese are grouped in various "cohorts" to determine the most effective models for leadership and ministry in light of the many challenges we face—decline in Mass attendance, impending priest retirements, and effective stewardship of parish resources. Our parish is part of "Cohort 6," composed of our community as well as St. Gregory the Great, St. Raphael-Holy Angels, St. Vincent dePaul, and St. John the Baptist, Allentown. The surveys you recently completed were part of "Faith in Our Future." Please pray for this process as we finalize a numer of recommendations to the diocesan commission.
Next week, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, often called "Corpus Christi" or "Corpus Domini." It is a feast whose aim is to help us more deeply appreciate the great gift of the Holy Eucharist and to render the Lord in His Real Presence fitting honor. Please join us for a Eucharistic Procession that will conclude the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Anthony. It is one way we can solemnly render to our Lord the homage that is His due. I would like to maintain a custom of having a Eucharisitic Procession on Corpus Christi at St. Anthony Church and another on the Feast of Christ the King at Our Lady of Sorrows.
O Sacrament Most Holy
O Sacrament Divine
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment Thine.