Tag: Eucharist

Members Of Church Belong To Something Far Greater Than Local Parish

During the June Pilgrimage to Rome, I was aware of many graces, not the least of which is the unity that we share as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This truth was represented in a small way by the group that travelled with me, from the various places of my life and ministry – Indiana, Wyoming, and Alaska; and in its fullness as the new Archbishops from around the world celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The universality of the Church is a beautiful mystery and reality, one that calls us […]

Christ In The Eucharist – Christ In The Church

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” With these words, St. Pope John Paul II began his last Encyclical on the Life of the Eucharist in Relationship to the Church.  This simple statement has so many implications for our lives. To fully understand this teaching, we must begin with a proper understanding of the Eucharist.  As Church, we believe that the Eucharist is the true presence of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, body, soul, and divinity.  Think about that … Jesus Christ is present through his Church – in the Eucharist. In every Mass, the […]

The Nature Of The Church: Express The Heart Of Jesus

Homily For Holy Thursday: Given At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Cathedral, Anchorage “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” (Ecclesia De Eucharistia #1) With these words, St. John Paul II began his final Encyclical in 2003, in which he chose to write upon the mystery of the Eucharist and the life that we as Church draw from it. On this Holy Night when Jesus gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room to celebrate the First Eucharist, The Church was born.  This is the basis for our understanding that our life as Church is […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

As the Church celebrates today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it is an opportunity for us to be mindful of what a precious gift we have in the Eucharist.  In the world there are always challenges and problems, but we are never alone.  We have a God who loves us far more than we can ever imagine. The God whose love cannot be contained, out of love created all things, and in time chose to enter so fully into the world that he took on our human condition, becoming one like […]

The Easter Triduum Has Begun

To view pictures from this evening, click here. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 2016 CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY; CHEYENNE MOST REVEREND PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL With this Mass, we begin our celebration of the Easter Triduum, which recalls the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Triduum is the cross, with its culmination being the resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated in all of its brilliance on Holy Saturday night. In essence, the celebrations over the next three days are all parts of one long Liturgy, just as […]

The Life of the Believer Revolves Around Christ

The Diocese of Cheyenne claims to have 55,000 registered Catholics. Great! A recent estimate from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) states that if we included all the non-registered, self-identifying Catholics, the total Catholic population would be more like 110,000. Another statistic reveals that on any given Sunday, we average around 16,600 Catholics attending Mass. Not so great. Those simple statistics beg the question: “What is at the heart of the life of a believer?” The simple answer is Jesus Christ. We do not fit God into our life. God is the […]

Do You Realize What I Have Done For You?

Here is tonight’s Holy Thursday Homily.  Photos will follow in the morning. “Do you realize what I have done for you?” On this holy night, the Church universal returns to the upper room. Truth be known, it returns to a place and time even more distant, to Egypt, during the first Passover of the Lord when he set his people Israel free from slavery and bondage. This night recalls the closeness of God, the fidelity of God, the enduring love of God for all of his people. The God who for centuries had entered into […]

Do You Want To See Christ Face To Face?

Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Holy Thursday 2014 Homily, Bishop Paul D. Etienne   Who does not long to see Jesus face-to-face?  Who does not yearn for the reassurance of Christ’s love?  He comes!  Let us receive Him in the manner He chooses.   In this Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus reveals the enduring reality of the Church as He gives Himself to His apostles under the form of bread and wine.  Jesus points once again to the way of God’s love.  He who “had come from God and was returning to God” took […]

Holy Thursday; Priestly Thursday

Today, the Church enters into the Sacred Triduum, beginning with the celebration this evening of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  During this beautiful celebration, the Church recalls the Last Supper, in which Jesus loves his own to the end and offers his body and blood to his apostles under the form of bread and wine.  This Holy Night, Jesus gives us the Church and institutes the two Sacraments of Eucharist and Priesthood. As a bishop, I will spend today in prayerful thanksgiving for all of our priests, who give so generously of themselves to […]

Adore The LORD In His Holy Court

Today’s readings once again give ‘food for thought’ regarding the numerous ways God is present to us. In the Liturgy of Hours this morning, one of the psalm antiphons offered the heading for today’s blog entry: “Adore the Lord in His holy court.” This gave me pause to think of the significant ways Christ is present. Namely, this is the three-fold presence of the LORD: Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament, at the same time, Christ is present with the Father, while at the same moment, Christ dwells within the believer.  Our faith tells […]

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