Corpus Christi Processions to Cathedral and Parishes Launch National Eucharistic Renewal in New York
By CHRISTIE L. CHICOINE
Corpus Christi processions past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and 30 parishes across the Archdiocese, as well as similar celebrations across the country, launched the three-year National Eucharistic Revival on June 19.
Cardinal Dolan presided over the procession around the exterior of the cathedral which ended with the blessing at the cathedral’s bronze doors after celebrating the 10:15 a.m. Mass inside on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The bishops of the United States call for the renewal of devotion and belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist for three years. The Diocesan Year of Eucharistic Renewal runs until June 11, 2023.
Cardinal Dolan, in his homily at the Cathedral Mass, marveled at the “great miracle” of “Jesus multiplying the five loaves and the two fishes and feeding 5,000”, proclaimed in the Gospel (Lk 9, 11b -17).
“And today, on this magnificent feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the fact that this mighty miracle continues through the Holy Eucharist.”
What Jesus did “for those 5,000 on the hill in Galilee,” the cardinal said, “he does for us now, as he continues to miraculously nourish us with his body and blood in holy communion. , here at the Holy Eucharist, and remain with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
On that day, the cardinal estimated, “probably throughout the world he will feed half a billion people who are gathered for Sunday Mass throughout the universal Church, with his body and his blood in holy communion. “.
“This gives us the opportunity to reaffirm and celebrate this magnificent gift of Jesus, truly and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”
The cardinal also underlined the second reading (1 Cor 11, 23-26) and Saint Paul recounting the gift, the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, that first Maundy Thursday.
The cardinal then called “our obedience” to Jesus’ command: “‘Do this in memory of me.'”
“That’s why you and I are here,” the cardinal said. “That is why for 2,000 years the mark of being a follower of Jesus in his Church would be obedience to this commandment, that we would partake each Sunday in the miracle of the Holy Eucharist.”
At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Father Enrique Salvo, rector of the cathedral, explained that the blessing would be offered at the end of the procession on the steps of the cathedral. “We will pray for the Eucharistic Christ to bless New York.”
After the procession, CNY spoke with Aurora Vega-Buzon, 61, and her husband, Carlos Buzon, 70, of Sacred Heart Parish in Coronado, California. “It was so beautiful and I am so blessed because I have just started a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament,” Ms. Vega-Buzon said.
She said she hopes more Catholics will develop devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. “It is Jesus in our midst. It is such a blessing that we are allowed to be in his presence whenever we worship and whenever we take communion.
“More than any statue or symbol, the Blessed Sacrament is central to Catholic life,” she added.
CNY also spoke with Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez, director of the office of adult faith formation in the archdiocese, outside the cathedral. She is the diocesan contact for the Eucharistic revival, which includes the Eucharistic procession. Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo Colacicco is the episcopal adviser.
“I think the Lord is so excited about what is going to happen in our diocese,” Ms. de Gonzalez said. “The cathedral is full. As always, being in the middle of Midtown, we have a lot of spectators. It’s great to be a testimony to people.
Parishes in the archdiocese “have held a procession today or will hold a procession today,” she said. “Knowing that our people are looking forward and that our people are here and participating, despite the difficulties of the times” is important, she said. “Our Lord gives them strength to participate and be part of it.”
As Ms. de Gonzalez took part in the cathedral procession, she reflected on the significance of the feast for the Church and how “the Lord is happy – He is happy that we do this, He is happy that we honor him”.
She looked forward “to collaborating with our various pastoral offices” during the first year of the Eucharistic Renewal “to organize events specifically on the Eucharist that will bring people closer to a deeper understanding but also simply to a greater love. deep”.
St. Clare Parish in Staten Island celebrated a neighborhood-wide Corpus Christi procession after the 10 a.m. mass on June 19. An outdoor social activity was then organized for all participants.
Father Arthur Mastrolia, pastor of St. Clare, spoke with CNY on the phone last week about his success. “We were very happy with the feeling of excitement and electricity among the parishioners gathered for this event,” he said. “It was something they wanted to participate in and we took it as a sign that our people yearned to retain their Catholic identity.”
In inaugurating the three-year National Eucharistic Revival, he said, “it was a great opportunity for people to recommit to their love of the Eucharist and their desire to pass that love on to their children.”
“The sense of community that the event engendered is something we have been looking for in parish life for a long time,” concluded Father Mastrolia. “And to know that it resulted from an experience of the Eucharist is extremely satisfying.”