On Sunday, June 3, the St. Maurice community celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets surrounding the church, followed in the afternoon by a picnic for all parishioners.
Father Lawrence Hyginus led the long procession, holding high the Blessed Sacrament, which is the consecrated bread that has become the Body of Christ, in a special vessel called a monstrance. Longtime parishioner Dale Balkovec described the procession as a “powerful witness” by the parish community to the larger neighbourhood community.
The skies were clear and sunny during the Corpus Christi picnic as people chatted or participated in family games like the three-legged race. A team of volunteers operated the barbecues, cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone. After the food had been served, a tug-of-war competition brought young and old together in friendly rivalry.
Father Lawrence Hyginus reflected upon the importance of the day:
The Corpus Christi procession and feast remind us of the real presence of Jesus—that as Catholics we truly believe that Jesus is present in the Eucharist: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Church gives us this one Sunday of the year to really highlight that truth, so that we can meditate upon it and celebrate it. But it’s not just the Real Presence—it also reminds us that we are the Body of Christ, as members of his Body, and so this celebration is a great way to come together as one family.