The Eucharist, is the “source and summit of our Christian life.” During Mass we remember Jesus’ sacrifice and celebrate the sacred mystery in union with Christ and one another.
Just as a meal sustains us physically, we need the Eucharist to sustain us spiritually.
In the simple ritual of giving the Eucharistic bread and cup to one another, the minister of communion becomes the means through whom the spirit challenges us to recognize and to manifest the Body of Christ in all his manners of coming. Those involved in this ministry must recognize the reality of Christ already present in his people gathered, if they are to authentically share with them his presence and the bread and cup.
While this is an extension of the Liturgy of the Eucharist to those who are unable to assemble on the Lord’s Day, these ministers are separate from the ministers of Communion during Mass because their ministry is different and requires special training and support.
While we gather around the table of the Lord and are nourished at Eucharist, other members of our community struggle to put food on their table. As members of the Body of Christ, we can reach out and help our brothers and sisters who might go hungry today. Please bring non-perishable food and toiletries items and put them in the food drive bin found at the entrance of the church. We are organizing this food drive in support of St. Vincent de Paul and Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, our local food bank.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
NO CLOTHES PLEASE
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons that seek person-to-person involvement, to serve those who are in need. Please visit the Canadian website for more information.
BUNDLE UP COLLECTION
Twice a year, see bulletin for more information.
These are wonderful opportunities to help less fortunate members of our community with the donations of gently used clothing, textiles and household linens. You are also encouraged not to forget boots and shoes as there is a pressing need for these items. There will be a truck in the church parking lot during the spring and fall seasons, accepting donations before and after each Mass. Volunteers will be there to help you.
You might be surprised to learn that we have some people among us who do not enjoy an abundance of this world’s goods. Therefore we would ask you to support our St. Vincent de Paul Society “HELP THE POOR BOX” it is always ready and waiting at both the north and main entrance of our church.