The Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as Corpus Christi, which means “Body of Christ” in Latin. Today’s feast commemorates the institution of the Eucharist. We are called to focus on the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord: whoever eats this bread will live forever” - John 6:51
Holy Spirit Catholic Community joins Father Riva in celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination. May God continue to sustain you by His grace, and may your life in God’s service always be filled with joy.
It was a warm, overcast morning in May, and thirteen men entered the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet to be ordained priests for the diocese. It was the largest class to ever be ordained for this diocese.
Now 50 years later, I reflect on a fantastic opportunity of ministry for the Lord. I can’t begin to count how many masses I have said, penitents I have absolved, couples whose weddings I have officiated, Anointings of the Sick I have done, children I have taught, babies I have baptized, or people I have counseled. But I do know that every day brings untold opportunities that tell me the Lord still has a lot for me to do and He is always with me and with you. Let me continue to thank Him for His presence and love.