Growing in Love and Passion for the Holy Eucharist

May 6, 2018

Blessed Imelda Lambertini, the patroness of First Holy Communicants, loved Jesus so deeply and with such piety that she desired to receive First Holy Communion when she was just five years old.  At that time, children were not allowed to receive communion until 12 years old, so her request was repeatedly denied. 
Upon joining a cloistered Dominican community at the age of 9, her passion to receive the Eucharist increased. One evening, on the Vigil of the Ascension, the now eleven-year-old Imelda stayed late in the chapel of the Dominican nuns to pray after Mass.  The scent of roses drew the nuns back to the chapel, where they witnessed a surreal sight: a consecrated host was seen suspended in the air above Imelda’s head.  The convent chaplain realized that it was God’s will for her to receive the Eucharist, so he gave Imelda her First Holy Communion on the spot!
This Sunday we celebrate the First Holy Communion of our parish children.  We pray that, like Blessed Imelda, both we and our children will grow in love and passion for the Holy Eucharist. 
With so much talk about “Catholic Identity,” many try to point to specifics aspects of our faith to define us.  In our true identity, the Eucharist must be at the top.  We are a joyful, “Eucharistic People,” celebrating the Risen Christ in the Eucharist daily.  This is what identifies us as Catholics. 
On Sunday, May 20th at 5:30 PM, Bishop Edward Clark will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our Confirmandi at 5:30 PM Mass.  Candidates from Good Shepherd and St. Victor will join us in this celebration. 
I ask that you pray for these children, that God may inflamed them with the fire of His love and give them the courage and passion to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in our world today. 
We are at 50% of our 2018 Together In Mission campaign goal.  We did not meet last year’s goal, and this year’s goal is higher!  This annual campaign is crucial financially for many poor parishes and schools throughout Los Angeles Archdiocese.  It enables them to continue the Church’s mission in instilling Catholic teachings and values to our brothers and sisters, especially the young children of our future. 
The envelopes for the Together In Mission campaign are at the entrances, or you may donate online at our website: www.saintmartinoftours.com.  You may also divide your pledge into affordable monthly payments.  Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our less fortunate Catholic brothers and sisters. 
 

Kathryn Richards