Office of Worship
Ministers of Holy Communion: The New Evangelization
When was the last time you read a papal encyclical or letter? How about on your feast day?
Consider the Solemnity of Corpus Christi as your feast day, the feast
day of every Minister of Holy Communion. The Diocesan Worship Office
invites you to celebrate on this day of Holy Communion and to take this
opportunity to join other ministers in reflecting with Fr. Czesław
Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship and Minister of Holy Communion
Training, on the source and mystery of the Sacrament you were installed
join in on Sunday, May 31, 2018 at 1pm in the Social Hall at
Stanislaus Church off Fillmore on Peckham Street in Buffalo.
Read the selections of Blessed John Paul II's writings cited below.
Consider which one speaks to you and your ministry most deeply. Bring
the fruits of this reflection to fellow ministers at the faith-sharing
time of this gathering. Take this opportunity to build up each other's
faith in the Eucharist: our life. A great way to celebrate your
ministry's feast day.
Then, you are welcome join in the Witness Walk Eucharistic Procession from St.
Stanislaus Church to the diocesan parish celebrating its annual feast
day: Corpus Christi. If you never before took part in a traditional,
Catholic, public manifestation of our faith of Jesus' real presence in
the broken bread, it's all the more reason to be there. A Solemn Mass
will follow the Witness Walk.
The U.S. bishops hope that Roman Missal III will spark a renewal in
Eucharistic faith through catechesis. Our diocesan ministers can always
benefit from experiencing Jesus in the Eucharist and deepening your love
for the church's ageless celebration of the mystery of Jesus present
and active among believers. Take the time to make Corpus Christi
Parish's feast day, your feast day—a day of traditional witness and the
Selections from Blessed Pope John Paul II's Eucharistic Writings are given below:
Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb (Call to Holy Communion: Roman Missal III)
In celebrating the sacrifice of the Lamb, we are united to the heavenly
"liturgy" and become part of that great multitude which cries out:
"Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the
Lamb!" (Rev 7:10). The Eucharist is truly a glimpse of heaven appearing
on earth. It is a glorious ray of the heavenly Jerusalem which pierces
the clouds of our history and lights up our journey.
—Encyclical on Eucharistic Renewal: Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 2003, n. 18
Deliver us from all distress...as we await the blessed hope (Prayer after the Lord's Prayer at Mass)
"Stay with us, Lord, for it is almost evening" (Lk 24:29). This was the
insistent invitation that the two disciples journeying to Emmaus on the
evening of the day of the resurrection addressed to the Wayfarer who had
accompanied them on their journey. Weighed down with sadness, they
never imagined that this stranger was none other than their Master,
risen from the dead. Yet they felt their hearts burning within them as
he spoke to them and "explained" the Scriptures. The light of the Word
unlocked the hardness of their hearts and "opened their eyes." Amid the
shadows of the passing day and the darkness that clouded their spirit,
the Wayfarer brought a ray of light which rekindled their hope and led
their hearts to yearn for the fullness of light. "Stay with us", they
pleaded. And he agreed. Soon afterwards, Jesus' face would disappear,
yet the Master would "stay" with them, in the "breaking of the bread"
which had opened their eyes to recognize him.
—Apostolic Letter for the year of the Eucharist, 2004, n. 1
Corpus Christi Witness Walk He walks with us & He talks with us
The image of the disciples on the way to Emmaus can serve as a
fitting guide for a Year when the Church will be particularly engaged in
living out the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. Amid our questions and
difficulties, and even our bitter disappointments, the divine Wayfarer
(Risen Lord) continues to walk at our side, opening to us the Scriptures
and leading us to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of God. When
we meet him fully, we will pass from the light of the Word to the light
streaming from the "Bread of life", the supreme fulfilment of his
promise to "be with us always, to the end of the age" (Mt 28:20).
—Apostolic Letter for the year of the Eucharist, 2004, n. 2
Join me in adoration
I wish once more to recall this truth and to join you, my dear brothers
and sisters, in adoration before this mystery: a great mystery, a
mystery of mercy. What more could Jesus have done for us? Truly, in the
Eucharist, he shows us a love which goes "to the end" (Jn 13:1), a love
which knows no measure.
— Encyclical on Eucharistic Renewal: Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 2003, n. 11
"Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!" (Deacon's words of dismissal in Roman Missal III)
The Eucharist is a straining towards the goal, a foretaste of the
fullness of joy promised by Christ (Jn 15:11); it is in some way the
anticipation of heaven, the "pledge of future glory". In the Eucharist,
everything speaks of confident waiting "in joyful hope for the coming of
our Saviour, Jesus Christ." Those who feed on Christ in the Eucharist
need not wait until the hereafter to receive eternal life: they already
possess it on earth, as the first-fruits of a future fullness which will
embrace man in his totality.
The [eschatological] tension kindled by the Eucharist expresses and
reinforces our communion with the Church in heaven. Certainly the
Christian vision leads to the expectation of "new heavens" and "a new
earth" (Rev 21:1), but this increases, rather than lessens, our sense of
responsibility for the world today. I wish to reaffirm this forcefully
at the beginning of the new millennium, so that Christians will feel
more obliged than ever not to neglect their duties as citizens in this
world. Theirs is the task of contributing with the light of the Gospel
to the building of a more human world, a world fully in harmony with
Many problems darken the horizon of our time. [lists : peace,
international justice, solidarity, defending human life, and the plight
of the weakest, powerless, poorest with so little hope!]. It is in this
world that Christian hope must shine forth! For this reason too, the
Lord wished to remain with us in the Eucharist, making his presence in
meal and sacrifice the promise of a humanity renewed by his love.
Significantly, in their account of the Last Supper, the Synoptics
recount the institution of the Eucharist, while the Gospel of John
relates, as a way of bringing out its profound meaning, the account of
the "washing of the feet", in which Jesus appears as the teacher of
communion and of service (Jn 13:1-20). The Apostle Paul, for his part,
says that it is "unworthy" of a Christian community to partake of the
Lord's Supper amid division and indifference towards the poor (1Cor
Proclaiming the death of the Lord "until he comes" (1Cor 11:26) entails
that all who take part in the Eucharist be committed to changing their
lives and making them in a certain way completely "Eucharistic". It is
this fruit of a transfigured existence and a commitment to transforming
the world in accordance with the Gospel which splendidly illustrates the
[eschatological] tension inherent in the celebration of the Eucharist
and in the Christian life as a whole: "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Rev 22:20).
—Encyclical on Eucharistic Renewal: Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 2003, 18-20
Eucharist & Service: Benedict XVI
There is one other point which I would like to emphasize, since
it significantly affects the authenticity of our communal sharing in
It is the impulse which the Eucharist gives to the
community for a practical commitment to building a more just and
fraternal society. In the Eucharist our God has shown love in the
extreme, overturning all those criteria of power which too often govern
human relations and radically affirming the criterion of service: "If
anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all" (Mc
9:35). It is not by chance that the Gospel of John contains no account
of the institution of the Eucharist, but instead relates the "washing of
feet" (cf. Jn 13:1-20): by bending down to wash the feet of his
disciples, Jesus explains the meaning of the Eucharist unequivocally.
Saint Paul vigorously reaffirms the impropriety of a Eucharistic
celebration lacking charity expressed by practical sharing with the poor
(cf.1Cor 11:17-22, 27-34).
—Encyclical on "The Sacrament of Charity", 2007, n. 28
Rev. Czeslaw M. Krysa, SLD - Director
Phone: (716) 847-5545
Fax: (716) 847-2206