ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH REPORT: Br Mark O'Connor FMS reflects on the example of faith in action shown by the parish and school community of St Therese's, Essendon in recommencing their blood donor group, Club Red.
In the Eucharist, Christ gives us his very own body and blood. That is why the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist is the summit of our lives. It makes possible our recognition that God has given us everything we need.
The Eucharist then not only is the proclamation of abundance, but it is the enactment of abundance. In the Eucharist we discover that we cannot use Christ up. In the Eucharist we discover that the more the body and blood of Christ is shared, the more there is to be shared.
The Eucharist, therefore, is the way the Church learns to understand why generosity is at the heart of faith.
The parishioners and school community of St Therese's, Essendon take that call seriously. One remarkable example of their faith in action is their blood donor group, Club Red, which they recently recommenced. The group operated successfully for over 20 years but lapsed some time ago. On the weekend of 6 and 7 August the parish incorporated blood donor registration into their weekend Masses - a wonderful act of living out the Eucharist in daily life.
We can give ourselves away because of the sacrifice of Jesus. St Therese's parishioners show us all how to live for others like Jesus, who urged us to give ourselves so that others may live.
For further information, contact St Therese's parish office: 93792039