A Corpus Christi procession took place after the celebration of the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 14. The host for the procession was consecrated at Mass and then placed in a monstrance (a sacred vessel that displays the sacred host to the faithful). The Blessed Sacrament was carried out of the church and processed around the parish campus, accompanied by the songs and prayers of the people. The procession shows that Christ, here among us, walks with us on our pilgrimage to heaven. Fr. Patrick was joined by Fr. John Burns, members of the Knights of Columbus and numerous other parishioners for the procession.
The Corpus Christi procession and many of the other Eucharistic devotions seem to have begun in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These devotions responded to a multitude of factors, among which were a greater appreciation and understanding of Christ’s Eucharistic presence and a desire to express this truth outwardly.