Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Corpus Christi at St. Charles Borromeo

Since arriving at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony on June 3, I have had a wonderful beginning to my deacon summer under the supervision of Fr. LaFontaine.  I spent the first few days getting acquainted with the parish and learning the ropes from Dcn. Najarian, who keeps a fairly tight ship in the sacristy and parish office.  I've been blessed with the opportunity to visit the homebound, assist at a wedding, preside at a wake, and serve as a deacon at Mass every day since arriving at St. Charles.  However, this past Sunday stands out as a truly special moment, for I was able to both preach at Mass and be the deacon in the parish's Corpus Christi procession.

Accompanying the parish's parochial vicar, Fr. Meyer, I joined dozens of parishioners in processing around the parish grounds and offering praise and worship to the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.  Despite the sun's unrelenting heat and the usual hazards that come from marching around in an array of vestments, the Corpus Christi procession was a beautiful ceremony and a great reminder to me of how we should always march forward with Jesus Christ.  Eucharistic processions are a marvelous reminder of our need to stand in solidarity with our Lord as we go about His work.