Future Direction Subcommittee of the Supreme Council Polish National Catholic Church

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1 Future Direction Subcommittee of the Supreme Council Polish National Catholic Church May 24, 2016 Dear Bishops, Very Rev. and Rev. Fathers, Deacons, faithful and friends of our Polish National Catholic Church, We continue in our Year of Reverence this month reflecting on Reverence and the Eucharist as the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Eucharist - the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - is the source and summit of our Catholic worship. We receive Jesus as He chose to become present to us, as His Church, through the Sacrament of His precious Body and Blood. Our Lord is there to lead, guide, comfort, protect and heal us. As St. Paul reminds us we need to receive Him worthily in the Eucharist (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-29). Do we prepare ourselves before Mass? Do we observe the minimum two hour fast from food and drink (except for water)? Do we offer the Prayers before Holy Mass? Are we prepared for the confession we will making at the beginning of Holy Mass? Do we participate in Holy Mass with reverence? When approaching the Holy Eucharist are we focused on the great gift we will be receiving and make sure not to be talking and joking with others as we wait to receive Jesus? Do we receive the Eucharist with joy? After Communion do we offer the appropriate prayers of Thanksgiving? Do we allow the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar to affect how we decided to live our lives?

2 PRAYER BEFORE HOLY MASS My dear God and loving Father, I thank You for making it possible for me to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of Mass, during which I will be united with my Lord Jesus Christ. May Jesus fill me with His holy grace when I open my heart to Him in sincere prayer. May the sacraments I will receive, the prayers that I will say and the hymns that I will sing bring me closer to Jesus and help me to be more like Him in all that I say and do. May the Holy Communion that I will receive give me strength, so that I may share faith, hope and love with the people I will meet. Amen. PRAYERS AFTER HOLY MASS I am grateful to You, Lord, that I was able to come to church and participate in the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. I thank You for receiving Your gracious pardon, Your instruction and teaching through Your Word, and Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion. May Your sacraments continue to strengthen and help me to be faithful to You and Your Church. Help me to face all the challenges of life on my journey to Your heavenly kingdom. Amen.

3 Additional Prayer before Communion (PNCC Prayer Book) O Most Merciful Father, I desire to receive the most holy Body and Blood of Your Son in thanksgiving for all Your gifts and blessings given to me. Come, Holy Spirit, help me to receive Jesus with love and reverence. Increase my faith in Him and love for Him that His will may be done through me. Inflame my heart and strengthen my will that I may be more devoted to Christ, my Lord and Savior. May the Body and Blood of Christ keep my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. Additional Prayers after Communion (PNCC Prayer Book) I thank You, God, my Father in heaven, for giving me the precious gift of the Holy Eucharist. In this Most Blessed Sacrament I am united with Your Son, Jesus Christ, by receiving His Body and Blood. It is not because of anything that I have done to deserve such a sacred gift. It is through Your love for me that You sent Your Son into the world and united me with Him in the Holy Eucharist. Bless me in all of my endeavors and grant me the faith that is required for my salvation. I ask this through the same Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen. Merciful God and loving Father, You have fed me the Bread of Life and nourished me with the Cup of Salvation. Jesus Christ lives in me and I in Him. Thank You for showing me such love through Your Son that I may never turn away from You. United with Your Son, I have the greatest support and help to live my life in accordance with Your holy ways. May He continue to strengthen me with the hope to live forever with Him in Your heavenly kingdom, for He delivers me from evil and preserves me for eternal life. Grant this through the same Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior. Amen.

4 As we look forward to June remember it is Sacred Vocations month - please pray that more men will hear the call of Christ and serve Him as priests and deacons of our Holy Church. Please remember to save the date of Wednesday October 5th 2016 at 7 pm (EST) for a presentation by out Prime Bishop in the Solemnity of the Christian Family in our PNCC. The solemnity this year will be celebrated on Sunday October 9th. Perhaps your parish could put together a community service project to focus and help families in your local community remember we are asked to do a minimum of 3 service projects this year. If you know of parishioners or friends who are not a part of our monthly updates please have them us at to become a part of this important effort for our Holy Church. Please keep this church wide undertaking in your daily prayers asking God to bless this work and allow it to bear fruit for the building of His Holy Church. May God bless you and your family. Sincerely yours in Christ, PNCC Future Direction Subcommittee

5 We continue to implement the five themes the Synod determined for our future direction: Growth and Membership Increase Spirituality Lifelong Learning Sacred Vocations Community Involvement and Presence The components of this 2016 action plan include: 1. Greater Understanding of Church Solemnities Christian Family Lenten Day of Retreat 3. Completion of at least three community service projects 4. Implement the Reverence Component 5. Implement the Lay Ministry Program within the PNCC 6. Presentation to Diocesan Synods 7. Continue to utilize the PNCC Future Direction You Tube channel 8. Stewardship Component 9. Church wide survey

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