OUR PASTOR

Rev. Benedict DeLeon

UPCOMING PARISH ACTIVITIES

MARDI BRAS - SAVE THE DATE

On Sunday February 11, we will celebrate our parish Mardi Gras festivity.  More information to come. 


A CHRISTIAN MUSIC CONCERT

On Sunday evening March 4, we are going to be blessed with the musical talents of Catholic singer Amanda Vernon and her musical team of “Joyful Noise” performing in our church! We will give you more details in the days to come, but please mark your calendars, and tell your family & friends!


Faith Formation

Religious Education classes have begun.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you. We can still use help, especially another teacher. If interested, please let us know. You will receive lots of encouragement & guidance!

Pilgrimage to World Youth Day Panama 2019


Anyone who will be a junior in high school or older (approximately 16 – 35 y.o.) by January 2019 is invited to consider participating in the next “World Youth Day” with our Holy Father Pope Francis, which will be held in Panama City Central America from Jan 22-27, 2019. Families are especially invited to attend. If you might be interested, please call our parish office 530 583-4409.


Welcome to Corpus Christi Church

“May grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord” (1 Tim. 1:2).

If you are a member, full or part-time, of Corpus Christi Parish, thank you for using this means (our web-site) of strengthening your bond of membership of our parish family and of accessing information on parish life and services – liturgical celebrations, religious formation programs (adult, youth, and child), spiritual ministries, social events, etc. If you are not a parish member, the parishioners, parish staff, and the priests of Corpus Christi Parish greet you and thank you for visiting us via cyberspace.
Should you sometime visit us in person you will be welcome. Your visit will be a grace for us and, we pray, for you, for it will be God, in his Divine Providence, who will have brought you here. Our parish and parish church bear the name “Corpus Christi” – the Body of Christ; an affirmation of the Real Presence of Christ - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity- in the Most Holy Eucharist. Our mission church, in Olympic Valley, is named “Queen of Snows”, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and spiritually Mother of the Church and mother to each of us baptized into Christ. Visit and enter our two churches in the picture page of our web-site.

“May mercy, peace, and love be yours in ever greater measure” (Jude v. 2).
Again, welcome!

Corpus Christi History

Corpus Christi Parish, along with that of Susanville, Westwood, Portola and Quincy, is a daughter parish of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Truckee (est. 1870). It was established as a separate parish, as it were "left home and mother", in 1961.

Corpus Christi Church, the parish church, is located on California Highway 89, one mile south of Tahoe City. It was built in 1911 and dedicated on September 10 of that year. It stands on land donated by the Duane L. Bliss family, then owners of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company and of Tahoe Tavern. Its building and furnishings (altar, pews, etc.) were funded by Frederick and Mary Elizabeth Kohl, of San Francisco. The church capacity was increased by the addition of a wing in the early 1960s. The addition of the present choir area, a renovation of the church and the installation of the stained-glass windows were completed in 1992.

Queen of the Snows Church, the mission church of the parish, is two miles up the Squaw Valley Road, in Squaw (Olympic) Valley, about 7 miles from Tahoe City. It was built in 1959 and dedicated by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre of Los Angeles during the opening week of the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley.

FROM THE PASTOR

       Last week the church challenged us, as we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, to expand our vision…. like the Wise Men from the east, to be willing to journey even great distances if need be, to appreciate the wonder of God’s vast creation, and the beauty of diversity. The great distances are often within the depth of our hearts, as the Wise Men have taught and shown us. This past week our Diocesan Bishop the Most Rev Jaime Soto, was literally travelling a great distance, as he led a group of pilgrims from our diocese on a spiritual visit to the Philippines, and at one point during this trip they witnessed young school children there celebrate the meaning of Epiphany.

       He described the welcoming school children in this way… They did a musical portrayal of the birth of Jesus and the visit of the Magi. One detail caught my eye; a 3-dimensional paper star hung from a string on a bamboo pole. A semi-circle of children formed around those portraying the Holy Family. The pole with the star was passed from person to person as the costumed magi followed the star around the semi-circle until it reached the last child who was the smallest of the group. This child took the pole, leading the magi to the place of The Holy Family in the middle of the stage, then took his place directly behind the Virgin and infant so that the star came to dangle over Jesus. The special effects were rudimentary but more eloquent than a Spielberg spectacular. The guiding star went from hand to hand. Each one taking a part in what was once a cosmic journey across the night sky. In a harmonious manner they guided magi-vested peers to the place where they could meet Jesus.”

       A few days later Bishop Soto was still intrigued by the significance of the 3-dimensional paper star. He discovered that the Epiphany star in the Philippines is called a “Parol,” coming from the Spanish term farol which means “lantern.” For the Wise Men, the Epiphany star was like a lantern that brightly threw light upon their distant journeys. It guided them through the many lands and nations and cultures of the world as they sought the newborn King. Bishop Soto then reflects: “From the very beginning then, Jesus had a universal appeal. He spoke not just to the Jewish heart but the human heart, the human heart hungry for God. His coming has consequences for all of human history.

       “The image of the star spoke a language that was scientific, poetic, aesthetic, romantic, and yet always mysterious. We can say that the star is primordial, from the very beginning of the world. The psalmist tried to capture this in the 19th psalm, The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge..”

       This weekend our country here in the US celebrates a hero of our nation, the Rev Martin Luther King Jr. In 1959 at a college commencement address Martin Luther King advised, “We are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” He would later repeat this same train of thought in 1967 during a sermon at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, “An individual has not started living fully until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.”

       Our church teaches the wonder and the beauty of God’s universal outreach, and how we must imitate last week’s Wise Men in recognizing that God’s embrace is an embrace for ALL people, of all countries, languages and color. Our great American and hero Martin Luther King still challenges us, generations later, to appreciate and respect and love all people, in all of our diversities. May we reject narrow-minded and closed-off attitudes and thinking, but instead personify in our lives the unconditional love and care for all people… as Jesus’ story, life and example has always taught us.

Parish Registration Form

Welcome to the Corpus Christi Parish! If you are a full time or part-time parish resident, we invite you to register as a parishioner. Please contact the parish office or you may also pick-up a copy of our registration form at the entrances to the Corpus Christi Church. God Bless and welcome!

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Online Giving

Do you pay bills online? Can’t find your envelopes? No time before church to visit the ATM for cash? Are you on Facebook? Then why not give online? To set up your account and to start giving online now click here.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail us at Giftonline@corpuschristi-Tahoe.org

Parish Pastoral Council

Mission Statement (Approved 6/15/2004)

The mission of Corpus Christi Parish Pastoral Council, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and God, Our Father, through the light of the Gospel, is to help the Pastor serve his people better by investigating their needs relating to pastoral activities, formulating practical recommendations and providing assistance as and if needed to implement these recommendations once accepted by the pastor.

Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines

"The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God's people in the parish. A Parish Pastoral Council gives its help to the pastor in fostering pastoral activity; it investigates, under the authority of the pastor, all those things which pertain to pastoral works to ponder them, and to propose practical conclusions about them. It is essential that Council meetings occur in the context of prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, so that at all times the common good will prevail. Specifically, the Parish Pastoral Council's purpose is to enhance the process of:

    a. pastoral planning

    b. developing pastoral programs

    c. improving pastoral services

    d. evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services"

 

Parish Finance Council


Queen of the Snows

Our mission church, in Olympic Valley, is named “Queen of Snows”, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and spiritually Mother of the Church and mother to each of us baptized into Christ.