Transitions to a New Life
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
As most of you know, my father died unexpectedly on August 3, 2018. Due to family obligations and responsibilities, both my family and I need to comfort and support one another as we transition to a new life without my dad. Therefore, Bishop Dewane has kindly granted me leave time. During this time away, please be assured that Fr. Luis Pacheco and the staff will continue to lead you in your commitment and growth as a parish family. Everything will operate as usual, so be at peace. Be assured of my continued prayers and support as I am of yours.
Grace and peace, Fr. Russell Ruggiero
The Real Presence of Christ
“…[The] believing disciples were rewarded for their faith at the Last Supper. Jesus revealed that they would receive His true body and blood sacramentally (present in a hidden way). In the sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ’s body and blood are truly present, but not with their normal physical properties. Jesus’ body isn’t spread out in space; its normal condition is hidden under the appearance of bread and sine. While the Apostles truly consumed Christ’s real body and blood, it wasn’t cannibalism, because Christ wasn’t in His natural condition They didn’t bite off pieces of Christ’s arm, for example, or swallow quantities of His blood; instead they received Christ whole and entire- body, blood, soul, and divinity- under the appearance of bread and wine. Receiving Christ’s real, but sacramental presence in the Eucharist has nothing to do with cannibalism or drinking blood,” How to Explain and Defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist by Father Frank Chacon & Jim Burnham.