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 Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

​The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.

This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death, and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.

The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharist processions, which serve as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love, and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.

Feast Information from Catholic News Agency.

 Mass and Eucharistic Procession

​On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Sunday, May 29, Bishop Malesic invites the faithful of the Diocese of Greensburg to join with him in celebrating Mass and participating in a Eucharistic Procession among the churches of the Connellsville Catholic Community.

Bishop Malesic will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the 11:30 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church. Following Mass, the Eucharistic Procession will proceed to St. John the Evangelist Church, where a service of praise and adoration will be offered. Following this service, the Eucharistic Procession will continue to St. Rita Church, where the closing celebration, including the Eucharistic Blessing, will be offered. A light reception will follow in the St. Rita Parish Hall.

The Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist reminds us: "In processions in which the Eucharist is carried through the streets solemnly with singing, the Christian people give public witness of faith and to their devotion to this sacrament ... The annual procession on the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ has a special importance and meaning ... It is therefore desirable to continue this procession when it can truly be a sign of common faith and adoration."

All are welcome to join in this time of praise and adoration.

For questions about this event, please contact Becky Bouille in the Office for Worship at 724-837-0901.

 Tentative Schedule

11:30 a.m.

​Mass celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church

12:30 p.m.

​Eucharistic Procession to St. John the Evangelist Church

  • 6/10 mile walk between churches
  • 15 to 20 minutes at slow, walking pace
  • Police auxiliary will provide traffic control
1:00 p.m.

​Eucharistic Service in St. John the Evangelist Church

  • Psalms, song, prayers
  • Approximately 15 to 20 minutes
1:15 p.m.

​Eucharistic Procession to St. Rita Church

  • 3/10 mile between churches
  • 7 to 10 minutes at slow, walking pace
  • Police auxiliary will provide traffic control
1:30 p.m.

​Eucharistic Service with Benediction at St. Rita Church

  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Sermon homily
  • Benediction 
2:00 p.m.

​Reception at St. Rita Parish Hall