Bishop Dorsonville leads Corpus Christi procession at Waldorf Parish – Catholic Standard

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While celebrating a June 19 Mass at Our Lady of Help of Christians Church in Waldorf and leading a Corpus Christi procession there after Mass, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville stressed that the Eucharist is at the heart of Christian life.

Father Alain Colliou, parish priest of Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice, and the parochial vicar, Father Jan Pietryga, concelebrated the mass marking the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville raises the Eucharist during a June 19 Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Waldorf. Standing next to him, Father Alain Colliou, parish priest, concelebrated Mass. (Photo courtesy of Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice Parish)

In his homily, Bishop Dorsonville said the Eucharist played a central role in his vocational journey. He said the Corpus Christi procession after Mass would offer a “visible sign of the mission of every Christian”, that is to say “the proclamation of the Kingdom of God with his only life after being nourished by the Eucharist”.

After the June 19 Mass for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Bishop Dorsonville led the Eucharistic procession in front of Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Church, joined by the clergy and parishioners. (Photos courtesy of Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Parish)

After mass, Bishop Dorsonville was accompanied by priests, deacons, a dozen altar boys and more than 100 parishioners who processed outside the church with the Blessed Sacrament and then around the center of the village of Smallwood in Waldorf.

The June 19 Corpus Christi procession that began at Our Lady Help of Christians Church continued past the Smallwood Village Center in Waldorf. (Photos courtesy of Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Parish)

With hymns and songs, the parish community shared the joy of the paschal mystery made present in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Participants in the Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Eucharistic Procession in their neighborhood on June 19 concluded their prayer walk by returning to the church, and Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville led the blessing near the entrance to the church. (Photos courtesy of Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Parish)

The procession ended with the blessing at the entrance of the church.


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