June 17, 2018
Today we celebrate the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The great St. Augustine of Hippo told us to “pray as if all depended on God and work as if all depended on us.” That is a good definition of a faithful Christian. These words reflect what Jesus says in today’s Gospel about the Kingdom of God. A sower scatters seed and then sleeps while the seed sprouts, grows, and yields fruit. Then the sower gathers the fruit. Planting and gathering depend on human work. Sprouting and growth depend on God’s design. God takes what we do and puts even the smallest seed to magnificent use. The prophet Ezekiel proclaims that God takes a tender shoot and turns it into growth. If we do not depend on God, walking by faith and seeking to stay close to the Lord, we can be brought low and withered too. How can we do this practically? St. Francis de Sales gives this advice, “Turn to God every morning, pray, read the Holy Scriptures, celebrate the Liturgy, study Church teaching, and pay attention.” That’s how we plant and water the seed of faith in us. Then contemplate what you read, celebrated, and heard. God will give grace and help us to embrace what we discover if we stay close to Him, seek His will, and ask God to produce good fruit in us. That’s how we can pray as if all depends upon God. It does! And live as if all depends upon us. It does!
This Sunday we have the third bulletin insert from Msgr. Morris helping us to better understand the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, (the Latin Mass). I hope these articles, which are very well written, will help us all to better understand the changes that will occur beginning with the first Sunday of July here at St. Luke the Evangelist. Please take a few minutes and read through these articles. If you have any questions, please contact Msgr. Morris.
Brochures for the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land I will be leading from March 18-28, 2019 have arrived. The full itinerary is included along with details for participants. If you are interested, please contact me at the rectory for a Pilgrimage brochure. It is available on the Parish website. I promise those who join me that the Gospel will take on a new dimension as we walk in the places Jesus spoke and performed His miracles. Holy Week will never be the same after being in the Upper Room, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, visiting the place of Crucifixion, and going inside the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher. Please tell your friends, neighbors, and family members about this great opportunity. I am limiting the trip to the first 30 who sign up.
Last Saturday the AC/Heating unit was installed in the chapel along with a new ceiling fan. We are now finished with the refurbishing of the server’s sacristy into a daily chapel and Adoration Chapel. We will bless and dedicate the chapel after the 10:00am Mass on July 1st. The first daily Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 2nd at 8:00am. Our first Eucharistic Adoration will be on the first Friday of July, July 6th. The Chapel will be dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis Church in Eureka kindly donated the oak altar and lectern to us last Fall. When I placed them in the sacristy I remembered the command of Jesus to St. Francis, “Rebuild my Church.” By establishing the chapel in honor of St. Francis I hope we can do just that here at St. Luke’s; rebuild our parish community as a community of committed and intentional disciples. With the special intercession of St. Francis I hope to see us growing both in numbers and in depth of faith.
Finally this week, I am very pleased with the work that is happening to welcome the Oratory to St. Luke’s. Last Saturday a large crew from the Oratory came to clean and prepare the 2nd floor of the school for their CCD (religious education) program. They are overjoyed to be coming to St. Luke’s and, on your behalf, I have been pleased to allow them to bring some statues and many of their liturgical gear to our parish. You will see these soon as we determine the best placement of these in Church. Please join me in showing hospitality and welcome to the newest part of our community.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)