UPDATES AND EVENTS
July 28, 2020
HIGH RISK PARISHIONERS WHO CANNOT ATTEND MASS
If you knew someone was sick in bed and did not have food, you would surely bring them a hot, nourishing meal. If you knew a neighbor was homebound and in need of comfort, you would reach out to talk to them. But what can you do to help those who are unable to attend Mass because of the pandemic, but who long to experience the Mass, connect with God, receive Holy Communion, and pray with our community. Please teach them how they can join the Corpus Christi family for Mass and prayer services every day through the Parish website. Also, please communicate to them, or if possible assist them with the logistics, of watching the Holy Mass and coming to the church afterwards - as we will wait for them outside the building, next to the Columbarium and Prayer Garden, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Communion will be distributed by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, with the greatest reverence, following the safety guidelines. Please pass the word that every catholic person who is in grace and watches the Mass from home, can come to the Parish to receive Holy Communion on Sunday from 12PM to 1PM. On another note, we will also distribute Communion right after the conclusion of the 5PM Saturday Vigil Mass for those who watched the Mass outside the church building.
FIRST COMMUNION ONLINE PROGRAM
Session Two of the First Reconciliation and First Communion sacramental preparation program is published and available through the Parish website. The 8-week online summer program commenced last week with the objective of preparing our 4th to 8th CCD grade level students who have not celebrated their First Holy Communion. Parents, if you have not enrolled your child for the summer online program yet, please register your student through the Parish website at the earliest convenience:
The Parish Office just received the news that Father Francisco Oñate Vargas, who as a deacon assisted Father Ray a few summers ago, is no longer on the ventilator and left the hospital. Father Francisco recently contracted COVID-19, and, though he is currently at home in Mexico, he is still being attended by a nurse. Please add Father Francisco in your daily prayers, that he may recover and be in good health soon.
Prayer, the lifting of the mind and heart to God, plays an essential role in the life of a devout Catholic. Prayer services allow us to adore God by acknowledging His almighty power, as well as to bring our thanks, our petitions, and our sorrow for sin before Him. Through our prayer services, let us come together as a family to petition for the intentions of our fellow parishioners and nonmembers of Corpus Christi. Please visit the Parish website to request any intercession for yourself and/or others, as well as to remember in your daily prayers the intentions mentioned in our prayer list:
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND SAFE GRANTS
Any of our parents who want a Catholic school education for their children can apply for Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants of up to $6,500 per student for use toward tuition. What is the requirement? An adjusted gross income of 300% or less of the poverty level. Though SAFE Grants were announced by Governor Henry McMaster on July 20, they were put on hold on July 22 after a lawsuit was filed claiming that the SAFE grants violate the State constitution by using public funds for private or religious education. Nevertheless, the lawsuit does not halt the application process for SAFE grants. A total of 2,500 grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, then distributed through a lottery after that to allocate the balance of available grant funds, as needed. As to the lawsuit, a hearing will take place at the Orangeburg County Courthouse tomorrow Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. As a community, let us pray for a just decision, for He is a God of justice who knows no favorites. Parents, to learn more about the program:
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JENNIE KRULAC & FRANCES CLINTON
A public funeral Mass will be offered for the departed soul of our beloved parishioner Frances “Fran” Clinton on Friday, August 14, at 11:00 a.m. A public funeral Mass will also be offered for our beloved parishioner Jennie Braidic Krulac on Saturday, August 15, at 11:00 a.m. If you cannot attend the public funeral services, the funeral Masses will be broadcasted live through the Parish website. May their souls, through God’s mercy, rest in peace.
Let us not self-deprive ourselves from adoring Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, a natural consequence of our faith in the real substantial presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Like Mary, who kept the words of our Lord in her heart and meditated on them day and night, let us reflect on her greatest treasure and the fitting homage to give to it by adoring Christ every Wednesday for one half an hour or for one full hour. Let us stop by to simply converse with Him, present really and truly a few feet away from the pews, as the doors of the church will continue to open every Wednesday – after the conclusion of the 12:15 p.m. Mass until 6:00 p.m. – so we can come close to our Lord in the Eucharist, Who should receive the adoration, the reverence that is given exclusively to God.
PARISH DATA SYSTEM
Corpus Christi is in the process of integrating a data system to enable accurate data management and continue to increase communications, among others. For this reason, we are in need of two (2) volunteers, in particular young adults, who can assist the Parish two to four hours a week by inputting non-confidential data into the system. If you could help us with the above from a remote location, we would greatly appreciate it. For the application form:
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION
Corpus Christi will celebrate Mass this Saturday, August 1, at 8:30 a.m. As requested by Our Blessed Mother, we encourage all parishioners to practice the First Saturday Devotion. As promised by Our Lady of Fatima, all who, as an act of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, practice the Devotion on five (5) consecutive months, and by doing so, Our Blessed Mother will assist us at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation. What are the prescribed conditions? (i) Be in a good relationship with God, free from mortal sin; (ii) Sacramental Confession within 8 days before or after the reception of Communion; (iii) Receive Holy Communion within 24 hours before or after the first Saturday of the month. The reception of Communion need not be part of a Mass; (iv) Recitation of the Marian Rosary. The five decades must be recited; (v) Keep Mary company for fifteen minutes meditating on the twenty mysteries of the rosary. The fifteen minutes of meditation are in addition to the recitation of the Holy Rosary; and (vi) All of the conditions mentioned should be fulfilled with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Should one forget to form the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it may be formed at the next Confession.
PORTIUNCULA ON THE 2ND OF AUGUST
A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit the Parochial (Parish) church on the day of the titular feast, August 2, when the indulgence of the Portiuncula occurs. WHO can gain a plenary indulgence? A Catholic, not excommunicated or in schism. WHY gain this plenary indulgence? By God's grace, we participate in prayers and actions that have indulgences attached to them, and as an extraordinary gift, we apply the plenary indulgences to departed souls (or to ourselves) to bring the necessary restoration and reparation without further sufferings that would normally accompany it. HOW? By following the prescribed work and the prescribed conditions listed below. The prescribed WORK: As a special day, a plenary indulgence is obtainable on the day of this Feast, August 2, by (i) visiting the Parish, and (ii) reciting the CREED and one OUR FATHER.
The prescribed CONDITIONS: (i) Be in a good relationship with God, free from mortal sin, and an interior disposition of complete detachment from any sin, venial or mortal, at the time each indulgenced work is completed; (ii) Sacramental Confession within 20 days before or after the indulgenced work. One (1) Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences; (iii) Receive Holy Communion for EACH plenary indulgence. The condition must be satisfied within 20 days before or after each indulgenced work; (iv) Pray for the intentions of the Pope on the same day the indulgenced work is performed. Prayer is left to the choice of the faithful, but an OUR FATHER and a HAIL MARY are suggested.