Announcements From Our Interm Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 7/11/21

Dear sisters and brothers, 

The Lord sends out disciples in pairs, an unsubtle reminder that our faith is not a solitary journey, and that, if we choose to participate in Jesus’ ministry and spread His good news, we will necessarily have to make common cause with others. This can lead to conflict and disagreement about priorities, content, and tactics in doing what’s perceived as the Lord’s work. For myself, I often struggle to trust the motivations of those with whom I disagree, even as I try to recognize the diversity (of gifts, of perspectives) among those who make up the one body of Christ. If any of you experience this same dynamic, know of my empathy and prayers.


I hope the summer is treating you and your families well, and that I will see many of you soon.


Andrew

Corpus Christi Financial Report – 7/1/21

We started in-person Mass (Sundays, 10:30 AM) on 6/28/2020. Because many of our parishioners use “Bill Pay” and some have mailed their envelopes and/or checks to us, I was able to make a deposit on 7/1/2021.


It was broken down as follows:


$1,296.00 – Envelopes

$1,435.00 – Bill Pay

$83.00 – Loose
Total Offertory – $2,814.00

$1,600.00 – Wedding stipends

$313.00 – Poor Box – Outreach
Total Deposit 1 July 2021 – $4,727.00


Andrew

Corpus Christi Financial Report – 6/17/2021

We started in-person Mass (Sundays, 10:30 AM) on 6/28/2020. Because many of our parishioners use “Bill Pay” and some have mailed their envelopes and/or checks to us, I was able to make a deposit on 6/17/2021.

It was broken down as follows:

$1,427.00 – Envelopes
$4,175.00 – Bill Pay
$19.00 – Loose
Total Offertory – $5,621.00

$1,600.00 – Wedding stipends
$684.00 – Poor Box – Outreach
$1,035.17 – Mica Rent
$7,500.00 – Donation (ambo)
Total Deposit 17 June 2021 $16,440.17

Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 6/27/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As the summer truly embraces us and pandemic metrics continue to improve, I hope that parishioners are able to return more and more to something like normal lives. There are some changes on the horizon, some welcome, some less so. It is my understanding that the city will lift its indoor mask mandate and that the Archdiocese will follow suit for Masses at city parishes. Separately, the Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius, where I still have a ministerial assignment, will be moving to ten o’clock in July. I will likely begin alternating Sundays between Corpus Christi and St. Ignatius. Fr. Patrick Besel will continue to preside, I believe, for the foreseeable future.

I continue to be heartened by the support (spiritual, moral and financial) so many of you offer for the life and work of the parish. Know of my sincere gratitude and of my continuing prayers for each of you.

       Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 6/20/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Fathers’ day gives us a moment to reflect on the relationships we are gifted to have. To be loved and mentor, and to love and mentor is to experience God’s grace and participate, in a small way, in the divine love that is always selfless and sacrificial.

St. Cyprian reminds us of something on which I often reflect: our faith is not solely or primarily an individual pursuit, but has a critical communal aspect. He notes that Christ instructed us not to pray to “my Father,” or to ask for “my daily bread.” We are, instead, invited into the plural. We are reared and then, in turn, raise others.  In a range of relationships, we are nourished and nourish. From the nominally traditional family to the fictive, we are asked and tasked to journey in faith as family.

Blessing on all those charged with the role of Christian parent, guardian, or mentor. May they find joy among the inevitable struggles and strength from the Father, giver of all life, human and divine.

       Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 6/13/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It was wonderful to celebrate the parish feast day with so many of you last Sunday and to kick off the Year of the Eucharist with what I hope you found to be a meaningful liturgy. I continue to be very grateful to Fr. Patrick Besel for being a warm and steady presence for our worshipping community.

Many of you continue to ask after our pastor. I typically see Fr. Marty weekly, and he is, considering the circumstances, doing well, although somewhat frustrated by the indeterminate length of the investigation and the necessary silence from the Archdiocese during it. About that, I can empathize, even as we understand why this needs to be the case. Fr. Marty is extremely grateful for all the many gestures of support he has received.

Please continue to pray for all those engaged in and affected by the process and that we are closer to its end than its beginning.

       Andrew

Announcements From Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 6/6/2021

 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This Sunday marks not only the parish’s feast day, but also the beginning of the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese. It is my hope that we will include brief Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (and, perhaps Benediction) at Mass.

While this was never part of my devotional life as a child (or even for most of my adult life), it has, in the last few years, been an often-powerful experience. Even as the Eucharist is meant to be consumed, it can be profound to contemplate the presence of Christ in the Eucharist during Exposition or Adoration.

One phrase that has often recurred often during such experiences is “For me?” The beauty and generosity of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist is so far beyond my worthiness of His presence, all that I am left with is a sort of incredulous gratitude.

I also hope as the Year of the Eucharist proceeds, there may be parishioners willing to share their own experiences of and reflections on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. These could be conveyed in writing or by living voice at the end of the Sunday liturgy. Please do reach out to me if you feel moved to offer your thoughts.

I look forward to being with you in the awesome, particular presence of the Lord again soon.

       Andrew

Announcements from Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 5/30/2021

 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we drift towards the end of the school year and into something that feels like a proper summer, I know there is a tendency for Mass attendance to dwindle a bit, even from our depleted in-person numbers.

I am very grateful to all who continue to support the parish and its ministries by attending the liturgies and by contributing resources, both monetary and otherwise. It is particularly helpful to the parish from those who contribute regularly and predictably by electronic bill pay.  If you have yet to pursue this option, I hope you might consider it.  To all our recurrent contributors, please pray over your level of giving and discern if you might be able to contribute more generously.

As I wrote last week, I do hope more and more of us will be worshipping in person soon. Regardless, I am hopeful that even during what has often been a quieter period of the parish year, you might find ways to maintain or increase your connection with and involvement in the life of Corpus Christi. I look forward to celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity with many of you this Sunday.

       Andrew

Announcements from Our Interim Admin, Deacon Andrew Lacovara 5/23/2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I know that we are all buoyed by the improving pandemic-related public health metrics. The Archdiocese has responded by allowing greater capacities at liturgies, permitting congregational singing, and making other steps towards returning public worship to something like it was in the “beforetimes.” For this, we should thank God.

Each of us has different perception of and tolerance for risk (both for ourselves and our families), and there are those whose situations may continue to make them justifiably cautious about returning to Mass in person.  This is an important moment, however, for all to discern if the time to come back to Mass has arrived or is at least near. While we continue to try to improve the on-line experience, recall that it is was always a temporary substitute for participating in the liturgy in, literally, all dimensions. As mentioned, the gathered assembly is one the primary ways Christ is present at the Mass.

Know of my deep appreciation for all who join us, by whatever means, and who continue to support the parish, even if they are not yet returning to worship in our beautiful church. I do look forward to more and more of us being able to praise God and receive Christ in the Eucharist together.

Andrew

Announcements From Deacon Andrew Lacovara 5/16/21

 Dear sisters and brothers,

This Sunday we will be blessing graduates. Like much of their studies this year, this blessing will likely be remote for most of them.  Regardless, it is a powerful moment to recognize in gratitude their accomplishments, as well as the dedication and commitment of the parents, teachers, and friends who have guided these graduates. We also seek God’s support for them as they discern or begin next steps, either educationally or professionally.

My wife and I this week will be attending the college graduation of our younger son. Some of you may remember Dexter as a frequent, if not always enthusiastic altar server, and, before that, him banging around in the pews and occasionally snoring his way through the Easter Vigil Mass. Avendui and I know that it was the grace of God and the love of various communities, not least this one, that fortified him through his scholastic and other endeavors. For this we are most appreciative, as we join you in thanking God for that same strength and encouragement shown to all of our graduates. Grateful for the past and expectant for the future, I offer my blessing as well.

Andrew