St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436



From the Desk of Father Mac

June 3, 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

People in love relationships often give each other gifts or tangible items that mean, “Even when we are not physically present to one another, this represents me. This means we are together — in relationship.” A guy may give his girlfriend his class ring, for example. A girl may give her boyfriend in the military service a memento to keep with him, even on a battlefield if necessary.  It’s not the same as being there, but it works well enough. But what if there actually were a way to be really and truly present? Jesus created a way to be really and truly present to us, even within us: The — the greatest of presents — the Eucharist.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most holy Body and Blood of Christ – the feast of Corpus Christi. In today’s Gospel passage taken from Mark we hear these familiar words and give thanks and praise for them: Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained” (CCC 1374). I

The feast of Corpus Christi is marked in places all over the world with public Eucharistic processions: an opportunity to share the Blessed Sacrament with, not just Catholics who encounter the Real Presence in Mass and Exposition, but all people. We will give very public witness to our belief in the Real Presence here at Saint Cyril’s this afternoon with a brief Eucharistic Procession through our neighborhood. This action reminds us, and others – if they are open to hearing God’s message – that Christ’s redemption is for all.

It’s hard to understand why some people choose to stay away from so great a gift. But we are here. We are here because we are in awe of our God. We are in awe of a God who would not spare his only Son to prove his love for us. We are in awe that God would make it so very simple for us to have him with us until the end of time. And maybe, in her wisdom, this is why the Church has such a public witness of our devotion to the Eucharist. And perhaps this is where our own smaller, “public witness” comes into play.

During this Mass today, let us be present to the Real Presence, and after our celebration here today, and in every moment, let us proceed into the world as a visible representation of that which is made real to us here in the Eucharist. May we bear its fruits by helping to build the kingdom of God.

In Christ,


For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234


St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234


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