Parish Priest of St Peter's Eastwood in the Diocese of Brentwood and Pastor to the newly formed Southend Ordinariate Mission based at St. Peter's as from July 1st 2016. 01702 525323 e: email@example.com
Sunday 18 June 2017
The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ
- Corpus Christi
10.15am Sung concluding with Procession and Benediction
6pm Evening Mass
St Peter's Catholic Church Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX
The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That's how Jesus presents it in today's Gospel.
He doesn't make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of His flesh and blood in starkly literal terms.
Four times in today's reading, Jesus uses a Greek word—trogein—that refers to a crude kind of eating, almost a gnawing or chewing (see John 6:54,56,57,58).
He is testing their faith in His Word, as today's First Reading describes God testing Israel in the desert.
The heavenly manna was not given to satisfy the Israelites' hunger, as Moses explains. It was given to show them that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
In today's Psalm, too, we see a connection between God's Word and the bread of life. We sing of God filling us with "finest wheat" and proclaiming his Word to the world.
In Jesus, "the living Father" has given us His Word come down from heaven, made flesh for the life of the world.
Yet as the Israelites grumbled in the desert, many in today's Gospel cannot accept that Word. Even many of Jesus' own followers abandon Him after this discourse (see John 6:66). But His words are Spirit and life, the words of eternal life (see John 6:63,67).
In the Eucharist we are made one flesh with Christ. We have His life in us and have our life because of Him. This is what Paul means in today's Epistle when He calls the Eucharist a "participation" in Christ's body and blood. We become in this sacrament partakers of the divine nature (see 1 Peter 2:4).
This is the mystery of the faith that Jesus asks us believe. And He gives us His promise: that sharing in His flesh and blood that was raised from the dead, we too will be raised up on the last day.
Holy Week at St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX PALM SUNDAY 8.30am Mass with Blessing of Palms 10.15am Solemn Concelebrated Mass with Procession and Blessing of Palms6pm Evening Mass with Blessing of Palms The face of the man on the Shroud of Turin Holy Monday9.30amHoly Mass11.30am Ordinariate Chrism Massat Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street London W1. Temple Tuesday6.30pm Holy Hour and Confessions7.30pm Holy Mass-Divine Worship the Missal Spy Wednesday9.30am Holy Mass10am Confessions7pm Diocesan Chrism Mass at Brentwood Cathedral THE SACRED TRIDUUM Maundy Thursday6pm Confessions8pm Mass of the Lords Supper, Madatum and Watch until Midnight Good Friday10am Stations of the Cross3pm Liturgy of the Lord's Passion Holy Saturday8pmThe Easter Vigil and reception of RCIA candidates Easter SundayMasses as usual Sunday times
24th DecemberVigil Mass 6pm12 Midnight: Mass of the Nativity and Blessing of the Crib preceded by Carols at 11.30pm. Priest available for confessions from 10.30pm.25th December Christmas Day 8.30am. Mass of the Dawn 10.15am. Mass of the Day. St Stephen's DayMonday 26 December Holy Mass 10am
Friday 30 December Feast of the Holy Family9.30am Holy Mass
Saturday 31 December 9.30am Mass followed by Exposition and confessions until 10.30am. SUNDAY 1st January 2017Mary Mother of GodMasses 8.30am 10.15am & 18.00pm
25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMasses 8.30am 10.15am (Sung Mass of the Harvest) 6pm _______________________________________ St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISHHome to the Southend Ordinariate Mission The 6pm Mass will be offered for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham which falls today