Father Fred Link, O.F.M.
O Sacrament most holy, O sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine! This beautiful short prayer of adoration to the Eucharist was familiar to me as a child and the Church still uses it many years later. Our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist has never wavered down through the centuries. Jesus left us his Body and Blood as a reminder of his life-giving love for us, as nourishment for our difficult journey through life and as a pledge of the Eternal Banquet of heaven which awaits all who believe in him. As a child and even in the seminary I used to revel in the annual procession with the Blessed Sacrament on the feast of Corpus Christi. We were taking our faith to the streets. I played the cymbals in St. Leo’s marching band—not as big as St. Clement’s but still pretty big—because the music teacher, Sr. Francis Theresa, felt I would do the least harm on the cymbals. Well, the band marched proudly around the block facing Baltimore Avenue and lots of folks lined the streets. The photos in the commons of church will demonstrate how special that tradition was here in St. Bernard.
Now that school is out and I have more time, I hope to visit our homebound parishioners and those in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Sr. Pat will help me determine who these folks are. I would be honored to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with anyone who wishes. If YOU have been unable to get to church in a while, please give me or Fr. Jim a call so that we can pay you a visit and pray with you