Fr. Geary’s Letter, 6-19-22

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

            Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!

            The Church celebrates today the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Latin for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). Anticipating His passion, death, and Resurrection, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of love, the gift of Himself to abide with us all days, even until the end of the world. This solemnity reaffirms the mystery that the Most Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is Jesus, God-with-us.

            In response to surveys that have revealed that most Catholics no longer believe that the Eucharist is really Jesus, the bishops of our country have initiated a two-year Eucharistic revival, emphasizing once more the infallible reality that Jesus is really, truly, wholly, and substantially Present after the consecration by a Catholic priest at Holy Mass. Jesus also remains truly Present in the tabernacle of every Catholic church throughout the world for our adoration and growth in holiness.  

Cooperating with the bishops’ initiative, I will be offering bulletin articles, homilies, retreats, and more regarding the truth of our greatest Treasure on earth: the Body, Blood, Soul, and divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is so much to learn about the mystery of the Holy Eucharist!  Join with me in loving Jesus more and more in the Most Blessed Sacrament so that we might be rewarded with seeing Him in heaven, Whom our hearts have sought with living faith here below. 

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

Published by St. James, Belvidere

Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL