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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.


Dear Friends,

       As we move to the end of our Catechesis articles today we look at "Expressing Our Communion" (Article 24).  

     Liturgy is faith made visible. When we celebrate the liturgy, especially the Eucharist, we express what we believe in word and song and action. Sometimes when the liturgy is reformed, it requires us to relearn what the Church really teaches about its meaning.

     This may be especially true of our understanding of Holy Communion. For many generations, the liturgy was celebrated without much active involvement by most of the people present. This led us to develop habits and ways of thinking about the liturgy that were very individualistic. We learned to think of Communion as a very private moment between each of us and Jesus.  The problem with that way of thinking is that it overlooks the central meaning and purpose of the Eucharist. Jesus gave us the Eucharist to make us one body in him, so Communion is never a private moment between the individual and the Lord. It is a very personal moment, but it is also communal, for it involves all those around us who share the same body and blood.

     There are two primary ways that we express our unity in Christ at the moment of Communion. The first is to join in the Communion procession. As we move to the table of the Lord, we form one procession, a pilgrim people on the move together. Thus it makes sense that we should all stay standing until the procession is completed. A procession is a communal action, a group movement. It is more than just individuals going to the table. We go as one people, as one body of Christ. Respect for each member of the assembly in the procession calls for us to remain standing until all have received.
The second way we express our unity at Communion, as we do throughout the Mass, is with singing. The Communion song is supposed to begin when the priest receives Communion and continue until the last person has received. The singing accompanies the procession in which we are all involved. All of us should be singing throughout, except when we are actually receiving the bread and wine.   All Catechesis Articles


Yours in Christ,

Fr. Greg Esty


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

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8:00-4:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00-3:00 Wednesday

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Mass Schedule

4:30 PM at St. Genevieve Parish Center

  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

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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