My Dear Parishioners,
I remember going
to Sunday Mass in Ireland as a kid, and very few
people would receive Communion. At some Masses,
the final Mass of the day, it wasn’t even
offered and it was only the priest who received
There are different reasons why fewer people went
to Communion in the past. One was probably the “Eucharist
Fast”; the expectation of fasting from midnight
the day before. The other reason is that it was
not the custom or tradition to go to Communion frequently.
Beginning with Vatican II there was an encouragement
to go to Communion more frequently. With the reforms
of Vatican II, we were told that “the whole
people were giving thanks and praise at the altar
table.” The communion fast was reduced and
frequent Communion was encouraged for all. Sharing
the Sunday Eucharist would be something that Catholics
do and would be a sign of what Catholics are.
One of the other changes that has happened since
1960 is receiving Communion under both species,
host and chalice. This concept was slowly extended
to more and more people over the years. For example,
to the Liturgical Ministers at a Sunday Mass, to
the bride and groom on the day of their wedding,
to the family at a Funeral Mass, and to the congregation
on Holy Thursday and at the Easter Vigil service.
Since 1978, we have been encouraged by the American
Bishops to extend this practice to all of our Sunday
Masses. At any parish Sunday Mass, Communion may
be received by all who wish from the consecrated
wine as well as the consecrated bread. There is
actually nothing new in this practice. For the first
600 years of the Church’s life, both eating
and drinking were the normal manner of Communion
for everyone. Then, from about the 12th Century,
only a priest was allowed to drink from the chalice.
We are a Church that eats bread and drinks wine.
We are a Church and a religion that are not ashamed
to need such human things and such simple gifts
as bread and wine. Eating and drinking, day by day,
sustains us, and is a delight for the spirit.
the month of July, Corpus Christi will be blessed
have two visiting priests staying with us.
Angelo, from the Augustinian Community in the Vatican,
who has been with us in the summer for the past twenty
something years, and a friend of Fr. George from India,
make them feel welcome if you see them on the church
Beautiful handmade brown scapulars. During the
sewing of the scapular, the Rosary is prayed the
entire time. The brown scapulars are available by
Emel Kassar at 310-962-7647.
Proceeds go to
feeding the poor (mainly children).
Calling all youngsters
in grades 5-12! We invite you to be a part of the
Corpus Christi Altar Server program.
Training for new servers begins soon, and we invite
all youth who will be
going IN to grades 6- 12 to participate in upcoming
Please call the parish office 310-454-1328 and ask
for Jane Richardson,
our Liturgy Director, who can fill you in on the details.
All girls and boys
who have been baptized and received their First Holy
welcome to be trained.
We invite you to join Coffee and Kids, a playgroup
for Moms and Kids ages 0-5. We hold
playdates every Friday morning and on select
Friday afternoons, and we meet for a Moms’ Night
the last Wednesday of every month. Please email Katye
Miller at email@example.com for more information
As part of the
Annual Catholic Appeal, Together in Mission supports
81 parishes and 63 schools in every region of the
Archdiocese and we're the only Annual Appeal program
in the country that dedicates every dollar
to assisting parishes and schools that need it.
Your gift enables us to provide essential resources
and ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen
families, advance Church leadership and inspire
and educate future generations of our faith.
in Pacific Palisades
has experienced an increase in its home-less population
over the past several years. In October of 2014 a
group of local people formed the
Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness.
This Task Force is made up of community volunteers
committed to compassionately addressing the serious
issues associated with the homeless. They have decided
to reach out to a group of experts that have experience
in empowering homeless people to rebuild thei r lives.
This group is the OPCC and our local task force is
hoping to work with them in trying to respond to this
challenge in our community.
We here at Corpus
Christ are have committed a fund to support the task
here to donate to the Homeless Outreach
eGiving with Faith Direct
This month we are introducing a new
and exciting way for you to support our parish offertory
and second collections: Faith Direct.
Faith Direct enables parishioners to make
your Church contributions through either direct
debit from your checking/savings account or through
your credit/debit card. No more writing checks
or searching for envelopes on the way out the door.
Now you can apply the convenience of direct debit
to your parish offerings in much the same way as
you may now use it to make your mortgage, car or
Faith Direct also
offers you personalized offertory cards to replace
your envelopes for the collection basket.
Annual Catholic Coalition
for Habitat for Humanity