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the Church of 
St. Genevieve


The Church of St. Genevieve's was founded as a parish of the Archdiocese of St. Paul in 1853. 

As disciples of Jesus Christ, parishioners are called to worship God, to participate in life-long faith formation and to serve God in our communities.

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Dear Friends,

     We are almost finished with the Mass Catechesis articles.  This week we look at Article 23: Jesus Meant What He Said.  You have probably heard about the survey done a few years

back that suggested that many Catholics today don't really believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist truly become the body and blood of the Lord. There are serious doubts about the accuracy of such surveys, but it seems a good idea to recall the Church's ancient teaching.

     To put it simply, the Church has always believed that Jesus meant what he said. At the Last Supper, as we recall in every Mass, he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you.” After the meal he took the cup filled with wine, gave God thanks and praise and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant."
     Notice that Jesus does not say that the bread and wine are only signs of his body and blood. He says, “

This is my body; this is the cup of my blood.” We take him at his word. Now, of course, we don't believe that the bread becomes a piece of flesh. Christ's physical body was his way of being fully present with us, and now he takes bread and wine and says that these will be his way of being fully present, physically present with us.

     How this is possible is ultimately a mystery. The Church has used the term “transubstantiation” to express the truth that the substance, the deep reality, of the bread becomes Christ's body. But this does not explain how. The best we can say is that it is by the power of Christ's word and the action of the Holy Spirit. We can't explain just how, but we believe that Jesus meant what he said.  Jesus also meant what he said when he told us all to take and eat and to take and drink.        Bread, the staff of life, speaks of sustenance. Wine speaks of the spirit and the joy of life. Christ used both to communicate the fullness of his being. He intends us to receive both. Sharing the bread reminds us of our unity in one body.

 

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Greg Esty

UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Gift Expo - November 8th
 







Interested in Becoming Catholic - RCIA Process
Sunday, September 28 9:00-10:15 AM at the Parish Center

     
  

 

            

Deacon Dan Kirchoffner's Retirement Reception
September 27-28 After All Masses

     
  
         
Faith Formation Kick-Off
Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 PM
        

Parish Office:

St. Genevieve: 

Telephone 651.429.7937  |  FAX 651.653.0071

In Case of Emergency: 651.426.5085 Deacon Dan Kirchoffner

Parish Office Hours: Summer Hours
7:30 am - 2:00 pm (Monday - Thursday)

Electronic mail:
St. Gens: info@stgens.org

Website: www.stgens.org 

Mass Schedule

Saturday
4:30 PM at St. Genevieve Parish Center

Sunday 
  8:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Church
10:30 AM at St. Genevieve Parish Center

Daily Mass
Tuesday- Friday 8:00 AM
St. Genevieve Church
Daily Readings

Holy Days
8:00 AM at St. Genevieve Church
7:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Church

Reconciliation
Saturday 3:30 - 4:00 PM at 
St. Genevieve Church

St. Genevieve Church Office at 7087 Goiffon Rd., Centerville, MN 55038
St. Genevieve Parish Community Center at 6995 Centerville Rd.,
Centerville, MN 55038 651.429.7937 

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