ORLEANS (SNR) – St. Mary Parish in Orleans invites all to visit the “Eucharistic Miracles” display in the parish hall June 3-24, available to view from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The exhibit will also be a good opportunity for visitors to view the recent renovations at St. Mary Church.
The display features more than 150 Eucharistic miracles, each explained in a panel, from a Vatican-published catalog, “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World.” The diocesan Office for Evangelization makes the display available to parishes. The display will also be available for viewing in parishes of the Grant Deanery May 21 – June 1: St. Joseph in Benkelman, Mother of Sorrows in Grant, St. Patrick in Imperial and St. James in Trenton.
Susan Biskup has spearheaded the project at St. Mary Church in Orleans. She read in the Register that the display would be traveling to parishes in the western part of the diocese, so contacted pastor Father Jamie Hottovy to inquire about including Orleans on the schedule.
“I have always been intrigued by stories relating to Eucharistic miracles,” she said. “My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to France and Italy with a pilgrimage group led by Father Hottovy in 2014. While in Italy, she said, they toured the Cathedral of Orvieto, constructed at the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate and provide a suitable home for the Corporal of Bolsena.
A ‘corporal’ is the altar cloth on which the Host and Chalice are placed during Mass. In 1263 in nearby Bolsena, a priest who had been having doubts about the truth of transubstantiation found that during Mass the Host was bleeding so much that it stained the altar cloth. The blood-stained cloth is now stored in the “Chapel of the Corporal,” inside the cathedral of Orvieto.
“We were able to see the altar cloth with Jesus’ blood still visible on it after more than 750 years,” Biskup said. “This was one of the highlights of our pilgrimage.”
She shared the story with her third- and fourth-grade CCD students, who were eager to hear more stories of Eucharistic miracles. They are looking forward to reading about 150 such miracles in the exhibit.
“The display will be in Orleans during our Totus Tuus week (of summer catechesis) so we are hoping many parents will bring their children to see the display,” she said, and added that she hoped many in the surrounding communities would take advantage of seeing this exhibit while it is in south central Nebraska.
“My hope is that this exhibit will be viewed by many and that their faith, too, may be strengthened after reading numerous stories of miracles that confirm the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” she said.
Father Hottovy agreed.
“It is going to bring much spiritual fruit to our parishes and to our area,” he said. “What a blessing to have it here for almost a month.”