Friday, May 10

Today’s Prayer and Reflection:

Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. (John 6:56)

The few moments before you receive Jesus in the Eucharist at Mass are a beautiful opportunity to turn your heart and thoughts toward the Lord. Have you ever tried, as you walk up to receive him, to talk to him as you would a close friend? That conversation could help you remain in his presence long after you return to your pew. What would such a dialogue look like? Here’s one

“Jesus, as I come forward to receive you, I know ‘I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,’ and yet that’s just what you offer me! Lord, I know that you see me—all of me—and you love me. You see my strength and my weakness, my good moments and my not-so-good moments. But you say that I am not the sum total of those: I am the sum of your love for me. You pour out that love here, in the Eucharist. Thank you for giving yourself to me, not because I deserve you or because I have earned your approval, but because you love me unconditionally and delight to do it.

“Jesus, you know that I am not perfect—I have questions, struggles, and doubts—but when I eat your Flesh and drink your Blood, I receive your very life into me, and that changes me. I give you permission to enter into my questions and struggles and to touch them with your peace and assurance.

“As I approach, Lord, I hear the words ‘The Body of Christ.’ And when I receive your Body, my soul is healed. You have the power to remove my anxiety, illness, or heaviness. I have nothing to fear because you are with me. Your Eucharistic table is the table you set before me in the presence of my enemies. As I feast, you scatter these enemies: the troubles I face in the world, my own fallen nature, my sickness and weariness.

“Jesus, I rejoice that you love to enter under the ‘roof’ of my life. You delight in me, and you come to dwell in me because I am your beloved. Heal my soul, and enable me to remain in you!

“Jesus, thank you for giving yourself to me in the Eucharist! I give my life to you.”

Reprinted with permission of The Word Among Us, 7115 Guilford Dr #100, Frederick, MD 21704,

Today’s Announcements:
★ Happy birthday to Avery Culbertson, Morgan Culbertson and Lauren Johnson! Celebrating a birthday this weekend are Otis Brooks, MacKenzie Valentine and Sister Kelly!

★ Coastal Civitan Camp is seeking male counselor volunteers; if interested please see Mrs. Collier in the front office
for more information.

★ On May 18 at 8:30 a.m., Bienville Orthopaedics will provide St. Patrick students in grades 9-12 free physicals. Any students interested in participating should pick up a physical form from Mrs. Collier’s desk. Students must ride the bus to and from the Bienville offices. The bus will depart the St. Patrick stadium parking lot at 8:15 sharp.

★ State Track Meet Top Finishers were:
○ Olivia Leatherman 2nd in pole vault
○ Olivia Williams 4th in pole vault
○ Olivia and Isabel Leatherman, Gabby Patino, Amelie Million, and Jordan Pete1st in 800m relay
○ Makenzie Stenum 1st in high jump and 2nd in triple jump
○ Leila Ransonet 4th in triple jump
○ Abby Badurak 4th in long jump
○ Linda Mustard 7th in Long Jump
○ Dominic Patino 2nd in 3200m relay
○ Dylan Middleton, Cade Meyers, Dominic Patino, Mason McCullough 2nd in 800m relay
○ Cade Meyers 5th in 1600m relay
○ Isabel Patino 1st in 800m relay
○ Jordan Pete 1st in both 1600m and 3200m relay
○ Isabel Leatherman 2nd in 1600m relay
○ Gabby Patino, Isabel Leatherman, Hailey Necaise, and Isabel Patino 3rd in 400m relay
Congratulations to all the track members at State!