Eucharistic Procession / Tijelovska Procesija

Eucharistic Procession / Tijelovska Procesija

“The procession with the Blessed Sacrament…reminds us that we are called to go out and bring Jesus to others. To go out with enthusiasm, bringing Christ to those we meet in our daily lives.”

Pope Francis, Homily on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, 6 June 2021

Fr. Peter Nemcek:

On Sunday, June 25th, 2023, following the 11:00am mass our parish will be publicly witnessing to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. During the month of June, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Tijelovo). This year we will carry Jesus into our neigbourhood that He may shine His healing light on our daily lives, relationships, and activities. We will carry Him to the people who might have not met Him before or heard about Him so that He can see them and meet them and heal them. We pray that our Eucharistic Lord would redeem the ugliness on our streets, heal the wounds of  our people through His Eucharistic presence and become the King and Center of all hearts.

“We entrust these streets, these homes, our daily life, to his goodness. May our streets be streets of Jesus! May our houses be homes for him and with him! May our life of every day be penetrated by his presence.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on Corpus Christi, 26 May 2005

We are planning to walk from the church west on Fernbank Avenue, north on Riverwest Road, east on Benn Ave, south on Main Street ending at the main entrance of the church (see map of the route below). There will be three stations on the road for adoration and prayer.

Following the procession there will be a reception in the church hall and an opportunity to share our prayer experiences from the procession.

You are encouraged to dress in folk dress (nošnje) and bring banners of Saints, Our Lady to carry in the procession.

Let us start praying that we can sow some seeds of faith through this event, water seeds that were already planted and that there would be much fruit in greater devotion to the Eucharistic Lord and increase in the love of God and one another.

“The Church does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world.”

Pope St. John Paul II