The Sacrament and the Sacrifice:
Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist during the Last Supper as a Sacramental
banquet and a sacrificial offering. As a Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist is an
outward sign in and through which we meet Jesus who shares his life of
grace with us. “In the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist the Body and
Blood, together with the soul and Divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and,
therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained".
In this Sacrament of the Eucharist, we do meet Jesus, the Risen Lord who
comes to us under signs of Bread and Wine to nourish and strengthen us for
our journey through life. The Eucharistic Meal is a great mystery because
during the Eucharistic celebration the substance of bread and wine are
converted into the substance of the risen Jesus' Body and Blood, while their
We believe in this transformation of bread and wine (called
Transubstantiation), because Jesus unequivocally taught it and authorized
his apostles to repeat it. As a Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist imparts to us
Jesus’ abiding presence in our souls. In addition, we share in his Divine life,
which is an assurance of eternal life and the basis for the conviction that we
are children of God the Father. God shares His life with Jesus and with all
The Eucharist is the Sacrament of our union with Jesus. In this Sacrament,
Jesus gives us his own Body, broken for us on the cross and his precious
Blood poured out for us, in order that our sins may be forgiven. The
Eucharistic celebration is also a sacrifice because it is the re-presentation or
re-living in an unbloody manner of Christ’s Death on Good Friday and of his
Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
By means of signs, symbols and prayers, we share in Christ’s passion, death
and Resurrection made really present for us in an unbloody manner. This
re-presenting, this re-living of the One Sacrifice of Christ, which is the heart
and point of every Mass, assures us of Jesus’ love for us and of his
forgiveness of our sins. Through this sacrifice, the risen Jesus becomes
present on the altar, offering himself to the Father through the ministry of
Bishop Warfel asks that the attached flyer be included in upcoming
bulletins along with the following announcement:
“A two day workshop on Inner-Healing and Deliverance will be offered on
July 8 th and 9 th in Great Falls at the Poor Clares Monastery, 3020 18 th Ave
South. It will be introduced by Bishop Michael W. Warfel along with Fr.
Doug Krings and the St. Benedict Prayer Team. Special presenters will be
Missionary Nick Villalobos who will offer a workshop on Inner-healing and
Moira M. Noona, OSB who will offer a workshop on Discernment. Jack and
Jan Reagor will offer a workshop on house blessings.
To register, go to: www.aliveinjesusministry.com. Cost of the workshop is
$90.00 and does not include housing or meals.
COLLECTIONS: Sunday, June 17 th , 2019 – ICC - $779.00
Reflection from Trish – Laughter is from God
This past week I had several opportunities to gather with friends. The time
was spent visiting and laughing. The wonderful kind of laughter that comes
from some place deep inside and fills every cell of your being as you let it
out. Have you wondered why your body shakes when you laugh hard? It
is due to your whole body laughing. I don’t think it is possible to have a big
laugh just with your mouth. You can smile, or chuckle perhaps without
engaging your body, but you cannot really laugh with out affecting the
whole physical body.
The Mayo Clinic has released information on the health benefits of
laughter. Laughter is a great form of stress relief. It truly induces physical
changes in you body. Organs are stimulated-heart, lungs, and muscles, as
it enhances your intake of oxygen rich air and increases the endorphins
(the feel good chemical in your brain).
Laughter relieves your stress response by creating a relaxed feeling.
Laughter can stimulate circulation, aid muscle relaxation, improve our
immune system, and can ease pain by causing the body to produce its own
I am sure you are aware that laughter improves your mood. I have notices
laughter helps build friendships. Several years ago I began a new job. I
visited with my co-workers trying to get to know them. It was when we
shared laughter that we moved past the polite conversation and grew into a
deeper friendship, we now share something together. Through laughter we
made a connection.
I don’t know why some people think God is to always be thought of with
characteristics that are serious, straight forward, no nonsense. God
created humans to dance, sing, laugh, hug, and love. These are
characteristics that build relationship. Jesus tells us we are to spend our
lives engaging in community with others. No one wants to be part of a
community that takes everything seriously. We were created with the
ability to laugh at ourselves, laugh at the quirkiness of nature and the
events that present themselves to us.
When I talk about laughter I am not talking about sarcasm or laughing at
the expense of others. I am talking about laughter that everyone can enjoy.
When we laugh with our whole being along with someone, it does not just
affect our physical body, but it touches the core of another. Have you
notices when a small child is with adults and they all laugh, frequently the
child will laugh also. They may not have any idea what is funny, but if
everyone is laughing they join in. It is fun to laugh.
We were created to celebrate life, and to celebrate with others. I believe
God wants us to take every opportunity we can find to laugh, to heal our
body, to affect others and to build positive relationships. Laughter is the
best free medicine for our physical bodies, it is also a very important
spiritual practice that helps us build relationships and heal others