1 CONSECRATION OF UKRAINE & RUSSIA Friday, March 25 | 12:00 PM Pope Francis invites all Catholics to join him in an Act of Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation tomorrow, March 25, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time. Pope Francis will preside in St. Peter’s Basilica for the celebration of penance, at which time he will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying for the end of the war between the countries. EWTN will provide live coverage of the noon Mass from St. Peter’s. To watch the broadcast, click on the button below.
Highlights of the Prayers of the Consecration In the text of the Pope’s prayer sent to chanceries around the globe so that bishops can join him, a key passage for many observers reads: “Mother of God and our mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.” With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and responding to a request particularly from Ukrainian bishops, Pope Francis had announced that he would make the act of consecration during a previously scheduled Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica. When Mary appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima in 1917 with a message encouraging prayer and repentance, she also asked for the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. While popes, especially St. John Paul II in 1984, made acts of consecration, they did not mention “Russia” out loud, which led some people to think that the Fatima request had not been fulfilled, even though the last surviving visionary, Sister Lucia dos Santos, said St. John Paul had done so. The papal text pleads with Mary to “accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end, and peace spread throughout the world.”
For the prayer that Pope Francis will lead on March 25 for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, please click on the button below.
2 MASS ATTENDANCE REPORT Corpus Christi Current Reality Report Post-pandemic figures, Corpus Christi Mass attendance is over 57% lower from Q1 (January to March) in 2019 through Q1 in 2022, falling excessively to an average of 616 weekend attendees during the month of January. To read the Corpus Christi Mass Attendance report, please click the button below.
3 ALL-MINISTRY TEAM Consultative and Developmental Body for the Ministries In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, it is necessary for us to look into the future and plan our ministries accordingly. We must continue to: (i) be proactive and wise in our stewardship and growth as a parish; (ii) understand, embrace, and leverage our growing diversity in all forms; (iii) be wise stewards and use the financial and personnel resources that we have in a way that effectively carries out the Church’s authority and mission as instituted by Christ himself; and (iv) take advantage of the opportunities which changes in technology and communication offer. Hence, Corpus Christi will commence the implementation process of the ALL-MINISTRY TEAM plan before the end of this fiscal year 2022 to help the ministries, committees and organizations of the Parish clarify ideas, focus efforts, use time and resources productively, trigger new behaviors, guide the focus of Parish leaders and parishioners, and help initiate momentum, among other elements.
Many of you have experienced great joy in the fruits of the Holy Spirit that have been at work here since 1979. The vibrant liturgies, the sacrificial service, and the spirit of evangelization draw many who pass through our doors into an intimate, Parish family, but most importantly, into a personal relationship with the Lord.
We are not unaware, however, of the challenges that we face in today’s world. Secular experts have declared the current times as the beginning of the “post-Christian” era. God is seen as no longer relevant in a culture that has determined truth to be subjective and the individual to be the only true god. Mass attendance is evidently in decline, reception of the sacraments has become less common, and young people are leaving the Church in alarming numbers. Our Parish community is no exception to this trend.
But we will not be the first to confront a world that rejects Jesus. The disciples were met with skepticism, hostility, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Alone, they were powerless. And so they did what Jesus taught them to do: to seek an intimate relationship with the Father, who would fill them with the power that would transform the world.
The ALL-MINISTRY TEAM plan, then, is based on that simple model. By fostering a deeper spirituality in our Parish community, and by using the gifts we are given in our encounter, accentuating the youth and young adults, we allow the Spirit to speak and act through us.
It worked 2000 years ago. With God’s help, it will work for us today.
We humbly ask for your continuous prayers to our Lord to ensure we complete efficient implementation plans and execute this ALL-MINISTRY TEAM plan with unwavering commitment as we pursue our common goal: the growth in holiness of our parishioners. And, in the process, if our heavenly Father calls you to serve as a member of this Team, please do not hesitate to let us know by tabbing the button below.
GOAL Assist all ministries, current and new, for the good of the Corpus Christi through consultation in establishing, coordinating, and directing their spiritual, moral, strategic, and economic life.
VISION As we build a stronger communion of discipleship, evangelization and charity, and as we continue to encounter the transformative love of Jesus Christ, we will become a stronger witness for our faith. In sharing our resources, knowledge and expertise, we will answer our call to serve our Church, and each other.
ACTION PLAN Task 1 Establish a Ministry Team with a mission statement and a strategic plan with goals, objectives and targets that are specific, measurable, realistic, and with a timeframe. Task 2 Implement a strategic plan that addresses the seven essential elements of parish life to nurture a healthy faith community, but with specific consideration for the special needs, strengths and priorities of our Parish family. Task 3 The strategic plan needs to direct current and new ministries by a set of goals that are in uniformity and correlation with the goals created in the 2012 Corpus Christi Pastoral Plan, each with identified specific and measurable actions which we would like our Parish to focus on accomplishing over the next three years. Task 4 Establish, review and enhance ministry leadership documents with standards and guidelines. Task 5 Identify key persons and parish groups to be responsible for specific targets of the All-Ministry Team. Task 6 Review the status of the All-Ministry goals and actions on a quarterly basis (the first month of every quarter: January, April, July, October). Task 7 Invite parishioners over the age of 17 to assist the All-Ministry Team by taking an anonymous parish-wide survey “Action Evaluation” every quarter and providing feedback to keep each ministry goal on schedule and evaluate its progress. Task 8 Build a Ministry Leadership Development program that establishes a learning path for ministry leaders. Task 9 Oversee ministry leaders spiritual and leadership development. Task 10 Assemble a new Ministry Handbook describing our Parish ministries, associations, committees and councils. Task 11 The new Ministry Handbook needs to provide information on our Safe Environment policy. Task 12 Recruit new ministers, and train ministry leaders. Task 13 Establish, review and enhance ministry leadership documents with standards and guidelines.
More information coming soon, including the establishment and development of the following new ministries:
Hospitality Ministry Small Groups Ministry Sunday Experience Young Adults Alliance Ministry of Catechists Interfaith Ministry Vocation Ministry Cooperative (Volunteering) Ministry
4 SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD Friday, March 25 | 8:30 AM The Feast of the Annunciation is the reason why we celebrate Christmas on December 25. Christmas comes exactly nine months after the Archangel Gabriel invited the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God, an event we commemorate on March 25. The dating of these Feast Days, although interesting, is of minor importance compared to their theological significance. It is fruitful to reflect upon the incarnation of Jesus Christ in the womb of the Virgin Mary as the antecedent to the explosion of joy, caroling, gift giving, eating, drinking, love and family unity that surrounds the birth of the Savior. Perhaps Mary had a sort of private and internal Christmas at the moment of the Annunciation. Maybe she felt the fullness of the world’s Christmas joy inside of her own heart when she realized she had been chosen to be the Mother of God.
The incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity was a self emptying, retaining His infused divine knowledge while reducing Himself to a man and learning man life, doing man work, and dying a man death. By such a self emptying, He dignified all men and opened to them the possibility of entering into His higher life in Heaven.
O Holy Virgin Mary, we ask your intercession to make us as generous as you in accepting the will of God in our lives, especially when that will is expressed in mysterious ways. May you be our example of a generous response to what God desires of us.
5 FIRST RECONCILIATION Sunday, March 27 | 9:30 AM Father Joseph will meet with parents of our Group B students attending the First Communion program on Sunday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. inside the church building. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All Group B students should report to their classroom at 9:15 a.m. as usual for their lesson. If any Group A parent missed last Sunday’s meeting, please try to attend this upcoming meeting. The students of the First Communion program will celebrate their First Reconciliation on Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. Please keep in mind that at least one parent needs to be present with the child throughout the reception of First Penance inside the church building.
6 CHRISTIAN INITIATION Corpus Christi is pleased to announce that the following individuals are preparing to enter into the Catholic Church at this year's Easter Vigil Mass on April 16. Julian Aguilera, Carrine Austern, Merelyn Corona-Ramirez, Marla Dixon, Jonathan Gunter, Dylan Hackley, Kelli Hass, Rosalie Salgado-Chi, and Emily Sease.
In addition, the following candidates are preparing to enter into full communion with the Church: Regina Willoughby, Angela Alvarez, Marcela Alvarez, Ruth Candelaria Chi Almeida, Janice Coleman, Martin Hollenbeck, Jr.
We kindly ask that you keep our brothers and sisters in your prayers as they enter into these final stages of preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation.
7 BLOOD DRIVE & GIFT CARDS Sunday, March 27 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM The Blood Connection invites you to sign up for the Blood Drive taking place at Corpus Christi on Sunday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our community is still in an urgent need for blood donations. Please help Blood Connection supply local hospitals by donating blood this weekend. All donors will receive $45 eGift cards. To sign-up, please click on the button below.
8 FIRST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY DEVOTIONS Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at 8:30 AM Corpus Christi will celebrate Mass every firstFriday and first Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. What are the First Friday and First Saturday Devotions? For the answer, please click the button below.
9 CONTINUOUS GENEROSITY We are humble and truly grateful for your continuous generosity! Your contributions make a big difference in the parish life of Corpus Christi.
Week of March 14 $14,213.40 Online donations totaled $4,398; donations dropped in the basket, mailed & dropped through the mail slot totaled $9,815.
Week of March 7 $20,047.14 Online donations totaled $3,423; dropped donations totaled $16,624.
Week of February 28 $21,435.61 Online donations totaled $3,875; dropped donations totaled $17,560. Week of February 21 $21,811.14 Online donations totaled $3,999; dropped donations totaled $17,812.
10 FAMILY SKATE What an awesome afternoon! Thank you to all who came to show off their moves (and support), and to the leaders of the Middle and High School Youth Groups. Look for another social event coming soon.
11 AN ACT OF LOVE Offer a Prayer For Our Community Corpus Christi asks that you pause a moment to offer a prayer for our community in faith: For all Parishioners of Corpus Christi Patricia McGuinness-Rabon Max Pelley Bernie Lewis Lloyd Patrick Pamela Beth Holsclaw Bruce Campbell Tamatha Sliegh Jovita Prieto Horace and Patricia Davis Brian Taylor Bob Kirchner Marie Briggs Nicole Spensley Maureen Brown Nettie Taylor Jacob Rivera
12 NEW SCHEDULE April 1, 2022 All ministers of the Mass, including lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, altar servers, ushers, greeters and sacristans, are scheduled with new assignments for the months of April, May and June through our web-based program Ministry Scheduler. For the new schedule, tab the button below.
14 NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING The Office of Multimedia has produced a video in conjunction with the National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a yearly educational campaign by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, featuring a diocesan couple who shares their painful yet ultimately joyful parenthood journey using Natural Family Planning. Please click on the bottom below to watch and share this impacting and vital video.
15 CONFESSIONS Throughout the Lenten Season SCHEDULE TUESDAY 7:10 PM WEDNESDAY 12:55 PM THURSDAY 9:10 AM FRIDAY 9:10 AM SATURDAY 8:30 AM 6:05 PM SUNDAY 9:05 AM 12:05 PM 6:05 PM Tips for the Sacrament of Reconciliation PREPARATION Before going to confession, take some time to prepare. Begin with prayer, and reflect on your life since your last confession. How have you — in your thoughts, words, and actions — neglected to live Christ’s commands to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39)? As a help with this “examination of conscience,” you might review the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes (Exodus 20:2-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Matthew 5:3-10; or Luke 6:20-26). GREETING Father Joseph, Father Gustavo or the assigned priest will welcome you, and may say a short blessing or read a Scripture passage.
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS Together, you and the priest will make the Sign of the Cross. You may then begin your confession with these or similar words: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (give days, months, or years) since my last confession.”
CONFESSION Confess your sins to the priest. If you are unsure what to say, ask the priest for help. When you are finished, conclude with these or similar words: “I am sorry for these and all my sins.”
PENANCE The priest will propose an act of penance. The penance might be prayer, a work of mercy, or an act of charity. He might also counsel you on how to better live a Christian life.
ACT OF CONTRITION After the priest has conferred your penance, pray an Act of Contrition, expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving to sin no more. A suggested Act of Contrition is: “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy.”
ABSOLUTION The priest will extend his hands and pronounce the words of absolution. You respond, “Amen.”
DISMISSAL The priest will conclude the Sacrament, often saying, “Go in peace.” If it has been a while since your last confession, remember, “Do not fear” (Isaiah 41:10). Father Joseph, Father Gustavo or the assigned priest will help guide you.
16 STATIONS OF THE CROSS Fridays at 7:00 PM in English | Viernes a las 8:00 PM en Español We invite to walk the Way of the Cross on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. in English and 8:00 p.m. in Spanish, and/or at anytime the temple is open.
17 SOUP & SANDWICH Friday, March 25 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM The Knights of a Columbus will continue to sponsor the Lenten Fish Dinner event every Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until April 8. Soup and Sandwich March 25, April 8 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Variety of Soups & Finger Sandwiches Desserts & Drinks Cost Free (donations accepted)
Fish Fry April 1 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Baked & Fried Fish French Fries & Onion Rings Hush Puppies & Cole Slaw Desserts & Drinks Cost Adults $10 Ages 9 & Under $5 Families $30.00
The purpose of these Lenten dinners is to raise funds for vocation and Church ministries.
18 EASTER EGG HUNT Sunday, April 17 | After the 11:00 AM Mass It is almost time for our Easter Egg Hunt and the Corpus Christi Women's Group needs your help by donating individually wrapped Easter candies that would fit in a plastic egg. CCCW is asking for nut free candy and no chocolate. There will be a box for donations in the vestibule area of the church building until April 10. Thank you in advance for your donations.
19 THE LEGION OF MARY The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization of the lay apostolate, open to men and women, who wish to contribute a few hours a week of their time and prayers. The members participate in the life of the Parish through bringing Holy Communion to the sick - home or hospital. Join us as we pray together and perform charitable works of Mercy. Auxiliary membership is also welcome! For more information, please contact Elaine Smith at the telephone number 803-673-2449, Chris Riggins at 919-417-5254, or the Parish office.
20 FACEBOOK In addition to the Parish website and bulletin, please visit Corpus Christi social media channels, such as our Facebook page, to connect with members and regular attenders. They will be used to keep everyone connected as well as informed of changes that impact liturgical celebrations and activities in our Parish.
21 FATHER MIKE SCHMITZ'S: THE BIBLE IN A YEAR The astounding and well acclaimed The Bible In A Year program, hosted by Father Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes. Each 20- to 25-minute episode includes two to three scripture readings, a reflection from Fr. Schmitz, and a guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in His Word. To listen to the episodes, and/or sign up to receive the complete The Bible In A Year program, reading plan and updates, please click on the bottoms below.
22 SACRED TREASURES OF THE CHURCH Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 PM Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics, will present a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics. Experience an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. There will also be a portion of the Veil of Our Lady and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world. Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own articles of devotion, such as rosaries and holy cards, and pictures of ill friends and family members, which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.
GOOD FRIDAY Commemoration of the Lord's Passion 3:00 P.M.
GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER 8:30 P.M.
EASTER SUNDAY 8:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. in Spanish
24 VOTIVE CANDLE ETIQUETTE For many years now, we have been blessed by being able to light a votive candle for our prayer intentions in the chapels of Our Beloved Mother Mary and Saint Joseph. We would like to offer some reminders about Votive Candle Etiquette so that all of us may continue to enjoy the benefits of this beautiful and devotional practice. 1 In consideration of your fellow parishioners, we ask you to perhaps light only one candle for your intentions (suggested $1.00 donation). 2 You can also light candles during the week as the church is open. 3 If all the candles have been lit, please do not blow them out to relight them for your own prayer intention. 4 Please monitor your children around our candle stands. Do not allow them to play with the sticks or the votive candles. This is a critical safety issue requiring your vigilance at all times.
We ask for your cooperation in following these guidelines and for your kindness and consideration toward your fellow parishioners. Thank you!
25 THE BOOK CLUB Tuesday, April 19 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Book Club discussion group will meet in the Parish Hall building on Tuesday, April 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining our Book Club to discuss various books from a Christian woman's perspective, please sign-up by clicking the button below.