From the Pastor's Desk...
July 26th, 2015

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we will focus on the Preparation of the Gifts. The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the preparation of the gifts and the altar. As the ministers prepare the altar, representatives of the people bring forward the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Christ. The celebrant blesses and praises God for these gifts and places them on the altar, the place of the Eucharistic sacrifice. In addition to the bread and wine, monetary gifts for the support of the Church and the care of the poor may be brought forward. The Prayer over the Offerings concludes this preparation and disposes all for the Eucharistic Prayer.

Bringing forth donations to share with the poor along with the bread and the wine was part of the tradition of even the first Christian communities....