Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Leming celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi (body of Christ) on Sunday, June 6. Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, parishioners of all ages joined together for a procession through town.
“It is held to be aware of the Blessed Sacrament in our life,” said parishioner Rachel Vasquez, who participated in the event.
Father Michael Ajewole carried the Holy Eucharist inside the monstrance under a portable canopy carried by others on the route. Parishioners took turns carrying the cross to lead the way, while others carried the church banner. Church musicians provided music as they rode in a trailer, followed by others in their cars, escorted by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office.
The group made their way down Hackberry Street to North Street, followed by Western Street to Sixth Street and then back to the church.
They stopped at eight designated houses along the way, which each had tables set up in their yards to receive the Holy Eucharist. Father Ajewole led in prayer and offered his blessings to the families.
Some of the homes offered bottled water to the parishioners, as the heat intensified throughout the nearly two-mile walk. Lunch and refreshments followed in the parish hall.
The procession was especially meaningful, following a year of many unable to attend church.
“We lost a lot of the families with kids,” said Vasquez. “We need to try and get them back. We are hoping to get some community interest and awareness back.”