Sep 7, 2018

Parish Picnic! Saturday, September 8 -- 11 AM

Corpus Christi Parish Picnic is TOMORROW, Saturday, September 8 at 11am to about 2pm! All are welcome! We will have a bouncy house and other fun games for all the family!

Location: Corpus Christi Parish, 410 22nd Ave NE, Great Falls, MT

Sep 5, 2018

Tuesday Adult Faith Formation, September 4 -- The Stigmatic Saints, Introduction to the Stigmata (Session 1 of 3)

 Celebrating the visit of the relics of St Padre Pio to our Parish, we will have a three part series on the mysterious gift of the "stigmata" - the wounds of Christ's Passion that were impressed upon the hands, feet and side of Padre Pio.

Objectives of Session 1:
1) Define the "stigmata" and review the Biblical foundation for the word
2) Recognize the relation of the "visible" and "invisible" stigmata.
3) Appreciate the basic historical facts and statistics related to the stigmata.

Sep 3, 2018

Sunday Sermon, September 2 -- No Bible Without the Pope

We now read from the Letter of St James at the Sunday Masses for five weeks. This week and next, we will preach about the Letter, its place in Scripture, and the life of St James the Apostle.

St James is one of the seven "Catholic Epistles" - while these are all now recognized as part of the Bible, they were not always accepted by all. We consider the formation of both the Old Testament and the New, why the Protestant Bible is missing seven books from the Old Testament, and why the Catholic Church has always been correct to included those seven books.

Without the teaching authority of the Pope and Ecumenical Councils, we would never know which books truly belong in the Bible -- without the Pope, we wouldn't have the Bible.

Finally, looking more particularly at St James' Letter, we see that man is not justified by faith alone, but through works in faith. This Letter is the death of Protestantism.

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Aug 31, 2018

Sunday Sermon, August 26 -- Marriage: The Great Sacrament in Christ and in the Church

"This is a great sacrament, but I speak in Christ and in the Church."  (Ephesians 5:32)

The Protestants do not accept that marriage is a true sacrament instituted by Christ, but rather see it as pertaining to the realm of secular government. This is why Martin Luther allowed not only divorce, but even polygamy (that a man may have more than one wife).

However, the Catholic Church insists that marriage is a true sacrament of the New Law -- the "great sacrament" as St Paul calls it.  We consider the institution of matrimony from the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, the first sin as a satanic assault on marriage (even as the devil will wage his last great war as a battle over marriage and the family), and how God straight away began to heal marriage. We then turn to matrimony as a Sacrament instituted by Christ - signifying and truly making present the love of Christ and of the Church.

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Aug 19, 2018

Sunday Sermon, August 19 -- The Eucharist, Replies to Protestant Objections

Replies to typical Protestant objections against the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist:

1) Jesus says, "The words I speak are spirit and life" - but this does not mean that they are merely metaphorical or symbolic.
2) There is only one body of Jesus, and it is in heaven - but this same body is present in a new way in the Sacrament.
3) It would be cannibalism to eat human flesh - but when we receive the Eucharist we are received into Christ, for this is not ordinary food.

The real problem is that those who do not believe in the Eucharist lack faith - and we need to pray for their conversion.

In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus gives us himself even in his humanity to be our companion and friend until the end of time.

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