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Summer Sunday Mass: option or obligation

Summer Sunday Mass: option or obligation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday morning, so Sunday is sacred and reserved as the Christian sabbath, the day to remember the Resurrection and to offer our praise and worship. God gave us the Third Commandment as a solemn obligation, not a suggestion or an option: “Keep holy the sabbath day” (Ex 20:8-11; Dt 5:12-15; see also the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 2174–2178).

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The Eucharist as sacrifice

The Eucharist as sacrifice

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist, in addition to being a meal, is also a sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Jn 1:29), and as the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the cross, he took upon himself the sins of us all (Is 53:6b).

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Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist is at the forefront of Holy Thursday. The Easter triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The liturgy commemorates the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus, the faithful receive the Eucharist during the Communion Rite, the Eucharist is carried in procession at the end of Mass as it is transferred, and the night concludes with eucharistic adoration.

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Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Eucharist is that it is a meal. It is readily apparent by the configuration of the Church: The focal point is the table in the center of the sanctuary.

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Eucharistic symbols in the Church

Eucharistic symbols in the Church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to the Second Vatican Council document “Lumen Gentium,” the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Throughout the Church’s history, it has used a variety of symbols to represent the Eucharist. The following is an overview of the most common.

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Why the pelican with chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

Why the pelican with chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | January 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

An image of a mother pelican with her chicks is carved into the capital on top of a pillar at the Cenacle, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem where tradition holds that Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist.

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The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

The Eucharist, Christmas and the manger

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Luke places an extremely high value on the Eucharist, and it is a major point of emphasis woven into the fabric of his Gospel from beginning to end. He artfully inserts a curious detail into his birth account to begin to state his case: Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son … and laid him in a manger” (Lk 2:7). The manger is mentioned twice more in verses 12 and 16.

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The Eucharist as thanksgiving

The Eucharist as thanksgiving

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

You have no idea how many people have told me, “I don’t get anything out of Mass.” I am quick to reply, “You have it backwards. You don’t come to Mass to get something. You come to Mass to give something, and that something is your thanks to our good and gracious God for the blessings that you have received.”

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Become what you receive

Become what you receive

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist has a transformative effect. If we cooperate, the Eucharist has the power to change us, not in a small way, but in a major way, to re-create us into a new and better person. When Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper and asked us to “do this in memory of me,” he asked us to receive him, the bread of life, true bread from heaven (Jn 6:41), on a regular basis, because of his deep desire that each of us would have a complete makeover, a total transformation.

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Bread for the journey

Bread for the journey

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eucharist as viaticum is holy Communion given to a person when death is imminent.

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The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a doctrine — an official teaching of the Catholic Church — and a profound mystery. With the words of consecration, the whole of Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine.

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Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Transubstantiation is a doctrine or a core belief about the Eucharist. It is a technical theological term and a matter of faith that is often experienced as an intimidating concept, almost beyond comprehension, and difficult to explain. Yet, it is taught to our second graders at St. Bartholomew in preparation for their reception of first holy Communion, and once their sacramental preparation classes are completed, they are expected to be able to explain it to their parents.

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