June 12, 2024 | Local News
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Children who recently made their First Holy Communion at St. Joseph in Bowling Green help lead the procession down the street bordering the church, sprinkling flower pedals along the way.  “It’s a public demonstration of our faith in the Eucharist,” said Fr. Corey Bruns, parochial vicar. “I think it is important that the public witness the celebration because what we do in church is not meant to stay there.” COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

A ‘beautiful act of love’

BY JAMES KENNEY, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

After a rainy Saturday postponed Bowling Green St. Joseph Parish’s annual Corpus Christi feast day celebration, members of the parish joined together on a sunny Sunday, June 2, in a procession around the church, stopping at three different stations to say prayers and sing hymns in recognition of the feast day. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated 60 days after Easter, Catholics honor the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Members of the Corpus Christi celebration start at the front of St. Joseph Parish, walking on an alfombra, which translates as “carpet” in Spanish. The alfombra is made of sawdust and flower pedals. “Processions are always a bit chaotic in the sense that they remind us of the world in which we live,” Fr. Corey Bruns said. “They show us a broad view of our lives, but they also show us where we are directed – heaven.” COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

Fr. Corey Bruns, parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds the monstrance containing the Eucharist as the crowd processes around the church. “To me, it is a beautiful act of love on behalf of the people,” Fr. Bruns said. This took place on June 2, 2024. COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

Standing ready for the crowd that is headed his way, Andres Ayala, 5, far left, waits with his fellow angels at the third prayer station along the processional path. COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

Fr. Corey Bruns brings the Eucharist back into the church to conclude the Corpus Christi celebration. COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

During the Benediction concluding St. Joseph’s Corpus Christi celebration, Fr. Corey Bruns blesses parishioners with the monstrance containing the Eucharist. “Christ reminds us in the gospel that he is with us always ‘until the end of the age,’ and he does this through his Eucharistic presence,” Fr. Bruns said. “We are literally called to become what/whom we receive.” COURTESY OF JAMES KENNEY

James Kenney belongs to St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green.

 

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