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These past few months have been challenging for everyone, and we hope that you are all safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Today we celebrate our patronal feast day, the Feast of Corpus Christi (Day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ the Lord), also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In addition to celebrating the birth of our parish, we also celebrate what makes Catholics unique among all Christians. This feast day is a liturgical solemnity celebrating the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist . Two months earlier, the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper is observed on Holy Thursday in a somber atmosphere leading to Good Friday . The liturgy on that day also commemorates Christ's washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the priesthood and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The feast of Corpus Christi was proposed by St. Thomas Aquinas , Doctor of the Church to Pope Urban IV ; in order to create a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist, emphasizing the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ . Having recognized the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena on input of Aquinas, in 1264, the pontiff, then living in Orvieto, established the feast of Corpus Christi as a Solemnity and extended it to the whole Roman Catholic Church.

The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation , it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day".

At the end of Holy Mass , there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament , generally displayed in a monstrance . The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament . A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome , where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and passes to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major , where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Dc Dan Stevens, Blessed Sacrament Church
Face Covering
Please wear a mask
As per the CDC guidelines / Diocese of Syracuse:

Parishioners will need to wear a mask at all times in the church.

Hand sanitizer will be at entrances and exits.

Entrance only front church doors. Exit only side doors.

Printed bulletins may be taken when leaving the church; no bulletins are allowed to be brought in to church when entering for Mass.

Ushers will escort you to your pews.

To receive communion, keep masks on when its placed in your hand, step aside, lower mask to consume, then return to your pew.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Responsorial Psalm: 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16 - 17
Gospel Reading: John 6:51-58

Reflection: On the first day of the Holy Triduum (three days of the Holy Week) which is Holy Thursday, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples. During that celebration, Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist when He offered himself to his disciples in the form of bread and wine. He transformed the bread and wine into his body and blood and gave himself to the disciples saying, “This is my body and this is my blood.” He then commissioned them to celebrate that event throughout the times in remembrance of Him. Immediately after the Last Supper, Jesus was caught, and his trial began and continued into his death on Calvary. In celebrating the Holy Thursday, the church did not have quality time to the adoration of the Holy Eucharist since immediately after the Supper, we followed Jesus in His suffering and death followed by His resurrection. Now as we have finished the Easter Season and entered into the Ordinary Time, the Church invites us into the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ to ponder on the Last Supper and deepen ourselves in the holy mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the mystery of God feeding His own children with food from heaven. In the gospel reading, Jesus, tells the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” It is God who fed the children of Israel with manna for forty years in the wilderness. It is God himself who feeds us today. As we receive the Holy Eucharist, we need to remind ourselves that not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. In the Holy Eucharist, we encounter the Body, the Blood, and the Divinity of Christ. When the Eucharistic minister gives us the host or the cup and tells us the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ, we reverently respond, “AMEN,” which means Yes, we believe that Christ is present. It is Christ whom I receive. It is Christ who gives us divine life. Amen. Fr. Severine.
Weekend Masses Resume!
As of this weekend, June 13/14, our indoor church Masses will start in our twin parishes at 25% capacity of the church buildings. Capacity: Blessed Sacrament - 110; St. Vincent's - 80. On top of calling our rectories for reservation, you have an option of doing it online through links below. Please share the information with as many people in your contact list as possible so that people will have access. Thank you. 

As we begin once again to gather for Mass, this week has a special meaning. During our social distancing, the faith communities have had to fast from receiving Christ in Communion. This week's celebration of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ may be the first week for many to once again receive this precious and sacrificial gift of love and forgiveness Jesus gave to us.
Practice social distancing
Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Let’s all be as safe as possible.
Social Distancing
The faith communities of Blessed Sacrament and St. Vincent extend congratulations to Msgr. James O'Brien, retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament, on his 50th anniversary of ordination. We also extend congratulations to Msgr. Eugene Yennock of St. Daniel on his 70th anniversary in the priesthood. We thank them both for their years of opening the Gospel message and showing us how to follow Christ's mandate of serving one another. "Ad multos annos."
Prayer Requests
We pray for Rosalie Sorbello, Lynne Recore, John Fortino, Elizabeth Walrath, Jean Suits, Patrick Brewer, Yang Juan, Terri Close, Jill Danial, Mary Griffin, Cole Malone, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Laura, Susan Moro Campbell, Missy DiPaulo Angotti, Carolyn Armstrong, Mary Linehan, Mary Extale, Mary Gersbacher, Mary Ingalls, Rita Bross, Marlene Brush, Roslyn Antonacci, Harold Thompson, John Gersbacher, and Grace McNamara.  
Recorded Mass for Blessed Sacrament and St. Vincent de Paul:

Steubenville Virtual Summer Conference
Steubenville Live is an entirely virtual, live-streamed Steubenville Youth Conference scheduled for July 17-18, 2020. This will be like no other virtual event offered! Rather than just staring at your screen the whole time there are many interactive elements to allow you to actively participate from home or parish. While nothing can fully replace an in-person Steubenville Conference, we are so glad to have the opportunity to gather virtually as the Body of Christ. Registration begins June 15. There are additional registration options available for families or individuals. More information: steubenvilleconferences.com/live

Summer Luncheon Series
Wednesdays at noon during July 2020. Virtual - Join us from wherever you are - Bring your own lunch! Mark your calendar - more info to come!

Formation for Ministry
Formation for Ministry/Deacon Formation Virtual Information Session, Wednesday, August 5, 6:30-7:30 pm. Are you or is someone you know thinking about Formation for Ministry or the Diaconate?  The Offices of Formation for Ministry and Deacon Formation are offering virtual information sessions Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 pm. Each session will include an overview of the two-year Formation for Ministry program leading to commissioning as a lay ecclesial minister and an overview of the process for becoming a deacon. Time for questions will also be included. Formation for Ministry is a prerequisite for becoming a deacon. Register at: https://bit.ly/DFFFMInfo or call 315-470-1491.
Red Cross Blood Drive
There is an URGENT need for blood for the Red Cross. Blessed Sacrament will be hosting a Blood Drive again on July 7 from 2PM until 7PM. It will be held in the Andrea Polcaro Room of the school. Pre-registration can be done online at redcross.org under the "donate blood" tab. We are also looking for volunteers to help staff the event with registration and canteen personnel. If anyone would like to volunteer, contact Bobby Decker at the Blessed Sacrament Rectory at 315.437.3394.
Last Chance for Share the Wealth Tickets!
Due to the COVID restrictions of limiting the number of attendees at an event to no
more than 25% of capacity, we unfortunately are cancelling the 2020 Spring Fling
Dinner. All prepaid dinner money for additional guest will be refunded. The drawing for STW will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10am. The drawing will be taped and put on our website.

The deadline to purchase STW tickets will be Sunday, June 14.

 The total payout is $20,750. Tickets are $75.00 and only 750 will be sold. (380 tickets sold to date!). Prizes to be awarded are as follows: 1st Prize - $10,000; 2nd Prize is (2) $2,500; 3rd Prize is (5) $1,000; 4th Prize is (10) $75.

Even though we are not having the Spring Fling Dinner, we will still draw 10 names as if we were holding the event!  You can purchase online at:

As always, your support is greatly appreciated! Good luck!!

Rev. Severine Yagaza and Bernie Corbishley
Mass Intentions

Saturday, June 13
Members of the Leone, Semak, Vangel, and DeRosa Families – Mary (Leone) Semak and Family
Sunday, June 14
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
People of the Parish
Domenick and Katherine Cusano – Family
Joseph Fillip – Peg and Jim Kimberling
Monday, June 15
People of the Parish
Tuesday, June 16
Beatrice Prott – Cindy Knappi and St. Joseph Manor
Wednesday, June 17
David Kelly – Catherine Kelly
Thursday, June 18
People of the Parish
Friday, June 19
15 th Anniversary - Mary M. Macko - Family
Saturday, June 20
Ronald Seeland and Ruth and Arthur Barry – Carolyn Armstrong
Sunday, June 21
Paula DeStefano – Husband
Richard Stachelek – Barbara and Family
People of the Parish
St. Vincent's

Saturday, 4:00pm - Mary Jo Mulpagano, anniversary, req. by Nick & Olga Mulpagano
Sunday, 9:30am - Chris Vaughn, req. by Alberta DeStefano
Monday, 12:00pm (church) - June Lopez, req. by Marge Leonardo
Tuesday, 12:00pm (church) - Maryanne Griffin Hines, req. by Catherine Ranieri
Wednesday , 12:00pm ( church ) -Arlene Rainone, req. by the Legion of Mary
Saturday, 4:00pm - Rose Crescenzi, anniversary, req. by her daughter Adleen Barry
Sunday, 9:30am - People of St. Vincent’s

WE ASK YOUR PRAYERS FOR THE SPIRITUAL COMFORT AND RESTORATION OF HEALTH FOR: Kim Harrington (granddaughter of John and Joanne Harrington), Sandra Betts, Desiree Landers, Nate Wagner, Madeline Duda, Marilynn Bause, sister of Lauren Brooks, Suzanne Thompson (sister of Bill Winchell), Judy D’Amore, Martin Griffin, Anne Marie Drury, Fred Sniper, Carm Fitzgerald, Tony Caruso, and Tom Knapp. 

Flag Day
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. We encourage you to observe what the flag means to you on her birthday.  
Blessed Sacrament Church | 3127 James Street | Syracuse, New York | 315.437.3394