St. Peter’s Catholic Church takes over the streets of Mount Clemens – Macomb Daily

St. Peter’s Catholic Church joined parishes around the world on Saturday to hold a Corpus Christi procession.

Judging by the turnout, it won’t be the last.

Even people walking their dogs joined in the solemn procession of clergy, parishioners, neighbors and other guests organized in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi.

“This is a first for us,” said the Rev. Christopher Muer, while going over details with the group involved in the procession, including members of Knights of Columbus Council 744 John Cardinal Dearden, deacons, ushers and volunteers of St. Vincent De Paul. before his departure at 12 p.m.

Reverend John Maksym follows Reverend Christopher Muer out of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and through the streets of Mount Clemens for Saturday’s Corpus Christi procession. (GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB)

Among the things they needed to know was how to wear the canopy.

Created especially for this event, the magnificent embroidered canopy served as the focal point for the procession and Reverend John Maksym, the celebrant clergy who had the honor of carrying the monstrance. The ornate piece, usually gold or silver, features a star with a clear glass center and serves as a sacred vessel used by Catholics (also Anglican and Lutheran churches) to display or display the eucharistic host (blessed sacrament) during devotional ceremonies such as the Corpus Procession of Christ.

Reverend John Maksym, right, and Reverend Christopher Muer walk in the Corpus Christi procession through downtown Mount Clemens.  GINA JOSEPH - THE DAILY MACOMB
Reverend John Maksym, right, and Reverend Christopher Muer walk in the Corpus Christi procession through downtown Mount Clemens. GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB

“For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life,” Muer said.

Although something new to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the practice has been going on since the 15th century.

“It’s a beautiful tradition where we take Christ from his home and walk him around the neighborhood – testifying to our faith and devotion to the sacrament of the Eucharist,” said Maksym, who grew up in an uninhabited neighborhood. away from the church and became ordained a Roman Catholic priest in May 2018 after serving more than 30 years as a trial and defense judge for the US Navy.

Since arriving at St. Peter’s, the pastor and highly decorated service member who earned a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal during his service career, has expressed a desire to do more awareness in the community, including an outdoor Christmas party, it launched last December.

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“I have great faith in this city and I believe events like this can have a huge impact,” Maksym said.

Among the parishioners and volunteers who have supported her initiatives is Lori Sparago.

“Some of the things that I always wanted to see happen,” Sparago said. “You can tell Father John was in the Navy. He’s a very active guy. »

The traditional procession to St. Peter’s Catholic Church was led by choir boys and girls who carried incense and crosses. They were followed by Maksym and Meur, deacons and members of the Knights of Columbus and Saint Vincent de Paul, as well as cross and candle bearers, including first communicants. Behind them walked a long line of followers including parishioners, neighbors and visitors of all ages.

The Corpus Christi procession from St. Peter's Catholic Church in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday stretched for several blocks.  GINA JOSEPH - THE DAILY MACOMB
The Corpus Christi procession from St. Peter’s Catholic Church in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday stretched for several blocks. GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB

“I’m thrilled,” said Judy Buckman of Chesterfield Township, a St. Vincent De Paul volunteer who operates a food pantry at the church. “I come from the old school and years ago we were doing this. I think it’s important now because many of our young people don’t believe in the Eucharist like we do. We hope that when we walk around town and they see what it does for people, they will also be led to believe it.

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