The Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord ~ June 6, 2021
While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many."
Welcome back! Many of you have been coming to Mass for months, some may have only recently returned to in person worship, and for some this may be your first weekend back at Mass. It’s such a joyful time that the coronavirus is under control to such a degree that we can safely return to in-person worship.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and resume the obligation to assist at Mass on Sunday, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the sacred nature of what we do in our churches each Sunday and for so many, daily.
This Feast reminds us that we are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ truly and substantially present in the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. When we receive the Eucharist we want to be sure we receive reverently, with the proper disposition. We must remember to confess any mortal sins we’re conscious of before receiving and we must remember to fast for one hour before receiving the Eucharist, water and medicine notwithstanding.
When we receive, if we receive in the hand, our hands are clean and are ready to receive the consecrated host. After taking a small step to the side, the host must be consumed in view of the priest or minister distributing Communion, and not consumed back at the pew or walking back to the pew.
The chalice will not be offered to the faithful at this time, unless specific arrangements have been made for someone who is unable to receive even a low-gluten host. While it is a fuller sign of receiving Christ in the Eucharist, our faith has consistently held that whether we receive a small sip of the Precious Blood or even a small fragment of the consecrated host, we are receiving the whole Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity.
We will be invited to show each other the sign of peace. All should feel comfortable physically to show a sign of peace to people of one’s household, and some form of non-contact gesture of peace to others near you. Simply speaking the words “Peace be with you” is sufficient. We want to be sure to respect the comfort level of those around us when initiating any kind of physical contact.
The worship we offer God at Mass, and the manner in which we do it as the Body of Christ is given to us as a gift of the Church. This truly is sacred spaced and a sacred time in our week. Let us be refreshed by the Word of God we hear and strengthened by the Word made flesh we consume in the Eucharist. Above all, may Christian charity, which is the heart of Eucharist, guide us in our decisions and actions.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus
4 June 2021
A Word From Your Pastor
We welcome those 2021 high school graduates to our 8:15 Mass this Sunday. Please keep them in your prayers.
This weekend, the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, will see the “re-booting” of our parish worship practice
following diocesan guidance
~ individuals may continue to wear a mask as desired. If not vaccinated the new CDC guidance recommends continuing to wear a mask.
~ at own discretion. CDC guidance recommends if not vaccinated, to socially distance.
may return to pews.
There is support that the virus spread
from inanimate objects is minimal. (We will continue to use prepared worship aids until the new missalettes arrive in November.)
Choir and Congregational Singing~
support that the virus spreads from face to face interaction, which is typically not the case in these activities. You may choose to resume these activities. (Our choir will resume in the fall.)
Offertory Basket & Offertory Procession~
you may choose to resume the practice of passing the offertory
basket and offertory procession.
Receiving & Consuming the Eucharist~
we recommend that parishioners be
of the proper reception of the Eucharist and that it be consumed
returning to their seat.
~ it is recommended to resume offering Holy Water as was done prior to covid. The use of Holy Water is voluntary. It is recommended that Holy Water is changed more often and that cleaning the fonts is done more often.
Sign of Peace~
it is recommended that the Sign of Peace is resumed. (Bishop Brenan will provide a separate letter to be read on Corpus Christi.)
Receiving from the Chalice
~ offering the chalice will continue to be suspended. (Bishop Brennan will provide a separate letter on this subject to be read on Corpus Christi.)
Live Streaming of Mass
~ St. Joseph Cathedral will continue live streaming of the 10:30 Sunday Mass. (
). The recommendation
is to offer your own live streaming if feasible. Provide the link to your parish with the link to the Cathedral Mass, as there are those who do not feel comfortable attending Mass and it provides the homebound a way to connect. (St. Edward’s will continue the taped weekend Mass over the summer.
office doors will be opened. Staff may choose whether or not to wear a mask and it is up to visitors to follow CDC guidance on masks and social distancing.
masks, hand sanitizer, etc. should continue to be available in your buildings.
consider removing signage which no longer applies, such as Mask Required signage. We do not recommend new signage.
you may choose to discontinue the practice of sanitizing the worship space and other areas s between Masses. There is support that virus spread from
inanimate objects is minimal.
Funeral Luncheons, Senior Luncheons, K of C Gatherings, etc.~
these events may
resume. The consideration we recommend is food services.
It is recommended that food be put on the participants plate by a server to limit how many individuals touch serving utensils.
(See the request for Funeral Luncheon helpers in the bulletin.)
At St. Edwards
~ the west parking lot and church door will be opened (until 3:30 pm during the week); pew dividers will be removed; worship aids will be available at entry; the communion cup is not used; the choir and altar ministers will return in the fall; the parish office door will now be open during office hours. There will undoubtedly be other changes coming but let us start with these and see how they go.
And, once again, to those returning to join us for Mass in-person - Welcome Back!
This weekend Diocesan Collection is for Catholic Home Missions.
May God abundantly bless those who support our Parish through
and the collection basket!
BAA ~ Ways to Give
As of this week our pledge total for the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal stands at $189,000. If you have not yet made a pledge, there is a follow up mailing going out next week urging you to make a gift. Thanks to all who have helped so far. It has been a great response. May God bless you!
Read about everything at St Edward Church in our bulletin ~ available at Mass or
Sponsor of the Week-
Dr. Timothy Miller
June is Dedicated to Sacred Heart
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Sacred Heart Webcas
t held on June 9th at 8:00 pm at
. All are welcome to attend this free event to learn more about the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network and the important work they are doing to promote the
Sacred Heart Devotion and Enthronement
. This hour-long program includes greeting and opening prayer by Rev. Bishop Robert J. Brennan. Keynote address by Kevin O’Brien former NFL football player and leader of Catholic Men of Christ. Ministry update by Emily Jaminet. Sacred Heart Reflection by Fr. Stash Dailey, a short address by David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days of Life and powerful testimonies!
High School SENIORS!
Please join us to celebrate your graduation at the
8:15 am Mass
Sunday June 6, 2021.
Please wear your cap and gown and meet in the gathering space before Mass
Daniel Pappas is a graduate of Granville High School. This fall he will be attending The Ohio State University where he plans to pursue a degree in Economics on a pre-law tract. Go Bucks!
2021 Father Thomas J. Lowery Scholarship Winner
We are pleased to announce that the Father Thomas J. Lowery Scholarship for 2021 has been awarded to Anna Mialky. Anna, a Granville High School graduate, will continue her college studies at John Carroll University, pursuing a degree in English Education. Our congratulations and best wishes go to Anna as she continues her academic and spiritual growth!.
2021 Bernice and Joseph Ciricosta Scholarship Winner
We are pleased to announce that the Bernice and Joseph Ciricosta Scholarship for 2021 has been awarded to
. Samuel, a Newark High School graduate, will enter The Ohio State University in the fall, pursuing a degree in Psychology/Education. Our congratulations and best wishes go to Samuel Hays as he continues his academic and spiritual growth!
NEEDED PSR VOLUNTEERS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
We need your help - Teachers, assistants and occasional hospitality support
Please email Rebecca Bucknam at
2021 KofC Golf Sponsorship.pdf
Saint Vincent Haven Charity Golf Outing ~ Sponsorship Opportunities
Help raise money to support our local shelter for males 18 and older who are homeless in Licking County through our 14th Annual Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at the Denison Golf Club at Granville. See attachment for sponsorship opportunities
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Cycle B
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Jesus shares his Last Supper with his disciples.
In the beginning of today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples to make preparations for the Passover meal. Like most meals, the Passover meal required planning and preparation. Our celebration of the Sunday Eucharist also requires planning and preparation. Certainly the ministers at the Eucharist prepare for their roles: the person presiding prays and prepares the homily; the prayers of petition are written; the music ministers prayerfully select music and practice it before Mass; Eucharistic ministers, lectors and altar servers prepare carefully for their roles. As the worshiping assembly, we can also prepare for the Mass through our prayer during the week, by reading the Scripture before Mass, and by making ourselves present to the Eucharistic celebration.
As you gather as a family, talk about some of the things that are required to prepare for your family meals. Plan together a special Sunday meal by choosing the menu, preparing the shopping list, and assigning duties for cooking, setting the table, preparing decorations, leading the prayers, and cleaning. Read together today’s Gospel, Mark 14:12-16,22-26. Notice how Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for their Passover meal. All meals require some kind of planning and preparation; so, too, our Sunday Eucharist requires planning. What might we do as a family to better prepare for our celebration of the Eucharist? Choose one or more ideas to begin to implement together as a family. Pray together that God will help your family make your celebration of the Eucharist the highlight of your week. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer.
Weekend Mass Schedule
SATURDAY 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY 8:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Reconciliation is available Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:30 pm
St. Edward Church
on Friday, June 4 at 12:00PM