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Weekly Bulletin June 6, 2021
by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday we honor The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ also known as Corpus Domini. This day is set aside to celebrate the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church proposed the feast to focus solely on the Holy Eucharist. At that time he urged Pope Urban IV to create a feast to emphasize the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In 1264, the Pontiff would establish the feast of Corpus Christi as a Solemnity and extend it throughout the whole Catholic Church. A tradition held on Corpus Christi Sunday is to hold parish processions with singing and prayers all in the honor of the Blessed Sacrament. During the procession, the Priest will hold the Monstrance aloft until the end of the procession when the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place.
Our Mass intention on this Corpus Christi Sunday is in memory of Vicki (Stevens ) Roark who was the daughter of the late Don and Doe Stevens. The Stevens Family were active members of San Antonio Church for many years as well as her Aunt Mary Lou (Stevens) and her Uncle Frank Russo who still attend our 9:00 AM Mass. Vicki married and moved to Mason where she lived for 30 years while employed by the Warren County Child Development Department until her retirement. She was involved in local and community issues while working part time at Costco’s until she became disabled the last 15 years of her life. Vicki succumbed to the rare disease Proteus Syndrome at the age of 63 on April 16, 2021.
Besides her husband Donnie, Vicki leaves children Missy and Eric, their spouses, and four Grandchildren. She also has many cousins and friends including Mary Ann and Sharon who were with her until the end and now mourn her passing. Vicki donated her body to the University of Cincinnati medical Center for research and study of the very painful disease that struck her in the prime of her life.
After our Mass today, Fr. Westerhoff will celebrate the Baptism of Angelo James Sulken, son of Michael and Karissa (Hicks) Sulken who was born on April 6, 2020. Angelo is the Great Grandson of our beloved late parishioner Carol (Schare) Enderle and nephew and cousin to many members of the Studt family. The Godparents are the Kyle Hicks and Cassie Raabe the brother and sister-in-law of Karissa Sulken. Baby Angelo James is the Grandson of Curt & Leigh Ann Hicks, Steve & Sheri Lay, Nikki Glacen and Mike & Cindi Sulken. Please remember Angelo and his parents, and family members in your prayers as he begins his journey in the Catholic Faith.
Next week we will celebrate and honor the feast of our patron, St. Anthony with the blessing of the loaves of St. Anthony Bread.