Corpus Christi celebrates their beginnings

By Will Frei

Special to The Miscellany

LEXINGTON—Corpus Christi Church will commemorate the source and summit of the Catholic faith with a weekend of worship, meals and fun on June 9-10.

It’s all part of The Feast of Corpus Christi, which began as early as 1246 and celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ truly present in the Eucharist. In the United States, it is assigned to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 10 this year.

The Lexington parish will celebrate their feast day weekend with a vigil Mass followed by sung vespers, and Eucharistic adoration and benediction.

The festivities will continue on Sunday with a large parish picnic, featuring a live band, a barbecue sauce contest, water slide, and a soccer match sponsored by the youth. It will also be an opportunity to welcome new parishioners.

A ministry fair will collect information on activities such as Bible study, children’s liturgy, the relay for life and music ministry.

Corpus Christi was founded in 1979. It was built thanks to the prayerful perseverance of 11 families, said Vicky Reese, parish secretary.

The families met regularly in various facilities, including a bank meeting room, for Mass and to pray the rosary in hopes of one day having their own house of worship, Reese said. In time, a Baptist woman, admiring the group’s intent, sold land to them and donated the portion that the group could not afford. The families eventually raised enough money to build a church through further donations and prayer.

Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler decided that the faith-filled people had land and money, so the only thing that impeded the reality of building a church was a name, Reese noted. Corpus Christi was ultimately agreed upon because no other church in the diocese was consecrated to the precious body and blood of Christ, she said.

Father Emmanuel O. Andinam, administrator, said he hopes the celebration will give parishioners an opportunity to connect more deeply with the Eucharist and that its graces will seep into their way of life.