Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

 

​​ 29 Sugarloaf St. South Deerfield, Ma 01373
                   Phone:  413 665-3254

Mass Times:  Daily Monday - Thursday 8am
Friday Communion Service 8:00am, First Friday Mass 8:00am
Saturday 4pm, Sunday 8am and 10:30am       
Confessions: Saturday at 3:00pm or by appointment

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From the Pastor's Desk

JMJ
 
Dear Friends
 
Let us continue our reflection on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Last week in my homily I spoke about the Eucharist as God's presence. The Catholic Church teaches that Christ is present in various ways: in the Church, in His Word, in the person of the minister but most of all He is uniquely present in the Eucharist. Here the term ‘present’ means exactly that – Christ is present here, not absent, but really and truly here with us in the form of bread and wine. When the priest speaks those beautiful words of the consecration the substance of bread and wine is changed into the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Though we still taste bread and wine they are really changed – as He says Himself: “this is my body, this is my blood.” Again, the Catechism (n. 1374) notes that “Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.” This means that the Eucharist is NOT A SYMBOL! There is a real change in the substance of bread and wine – called transubstantiation. The bread and wine, while it may taste like bread and like wine changes, in substance, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ (CCC 1376). Furthermore, in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells us that He is with us (name meaning Emmanuel) until the end of the age. Remember I talked about how parents are present to their children in many ways - at graduations, holidays, birthdays, games, rehearsals, etc. Why? Because parents love their kids. Christ's presence in the Eucharist is God being present to His chidden, revealing His love for us. Here, the words of Pope St. Pope John Paul II are helpful:
 
“Do not see in the bread and wine merely natural elements, because the Lord has expressly said that they are his body and his blood: faith assures you of this, though your senses suggest otherwise” (EE, n. 15).
 
God is in our midst. His presence among us means that He is inviting us to develop, maintain, and nourish a relationship/friendship with Him. His presence is personal, it is real and it is a manifestation of Divine Love. 
 
Lastly - don't forget that our Capital Drive still NEEDS your HELP! We are so close to our goal… lets make what is in proximity, a reality! Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
 

God bless you!