Saint Theresa Parish

A Roman Catholic Community
5045 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 840-0850 Parish Office
(602) 840-0871 Parish Fax  

Parish Email info@sttheresaphx.org

Parish Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00AM-Noon & 1:00PM-5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-12noon         Sunday 8:30AM-12:30PM

Closed Saturdays
& most Federal Holidays.

Liturgy Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass 4PM
Sunday Masses
7:30AM
9:00AM (Liturgy with Children)
11:00AM and
5:00PM (Teen and Young Adult)

Daily Masses
Monday through Friday
6:30AM and Saturday at 8:00AM
Holy Day Masses as announced in bulletin prior to the Holy Day.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Confession)
Saturday, 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Wednesday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM and by appointment

Pastor

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Parochial Vicar 

(Associate Pastor)

Rev. Joachim Adeyemi

Rev. J.C. Ortiz

Priest in Residence

Rev. Kevin Grimditch

Assisting Priest

Rev. Paul Peri

Deacons

Colin F. Campbell

Mark Kriese

Ralph Ulibarri

 

Saint Theresa Catholic School
5001 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

www.stcs.us

(602) 840-0010 School Office
(602) 840-8323 School Fax

 

 

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Reflections - June 18, 2017

My Brothers and Sisters,

Each year – immediately after concluding the Fifty Days of Easter with the great celebration of Pentecost – our Church marks two Solemnities on successive Sundays that direct our attention to central mysteries of our Catholic Christian faith.  Last weekend, we celebrated the Solemnity of the most Holy Trinity… and this weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  By calling these two feasts “solemnities,” the Church designates the highest level of feast day to them… and fittingly so, because both our belief in the One God who is Three Persons (the Trinity) and our belief in – and devotion to – the Body and Blood of Christ (the Eucharist) are absolutely vital to faith life.

As we celebrate today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (formerly known by its Latin designation, Corpus Christi), we recall the fact that Jesus – at the Last Supper –   gave the Church his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearance of bread and wine to be our real and physical nourishment as his disciples.  While it might be more “comfortable” for us to regard the Eucharist as some sort of “symbol” or representation of what took place at the Last Supper, scripture makes it clear that that the Eucharist is not merely symbolic or an acting-out of what happened on that night before Jesus died on the cross.  No, the body and Blood of Christ is exactly what Jesus says it is.

The sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. John is an absolute goldmine for anyone who wishes to reflect on the true Christian meaning of the Eucharist.  The section of John’s Gospel known as the “Bread of Life Discourse” begins at John 6, verse 22 and ends at verse 59.  The Gospel of today’s Mass (Jn. 6: 51-58) is an excerpt of that Discourse of Jesus.  We hear Jesus saying something incredible – literally, unbelievable – to his listeners: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven… the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”  Those who heard this quarreled among themselves, saying “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (they thought that Jesus was talking about cannibalism).  So Jesus goes on to make it crystal-clear to them: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you… for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

This is not simply “Catholic doctrine.”  These words come directly out of the Bible – and provide us with a central pillar of our faith.  Yes, Jesus nourishes his disciples with the Word of God – but equally importantly, Jesus nourishes us with his very self: his Body and Blood (as he says in the Gospel), under the appearance of bread and wine in the Eucharist.  How does this take place? The Church has come to describe what happens to the bread and wine at Mass as “transubstantiation:” the substance of the bread and wine (what it actually is) is changed through God’s power into the actual, true and real Body and Blood of Christ… while the appearance of the bread and wine (what it looks like and tastes like) remain unchanged. 

What an amazing God we have – that God gives us himself to eat as the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist… nourishing us, strengthening us, sustaining us to be the Body of Christ, the Church, in our world… as faith-filled disciples of Jesus Christ. How blest we are!

 

Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Pastor