11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 13, 2021

Today we celebrate the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We begin the summer season, returning to our annual course in Discipleship 101, as we grow in our understanding, love and fidelity to Jesus. In today’s Gospel we see Jesus employing His favorite teaching method; the telling of parables; stories with a meaning. The parables of Jesus give us food for thought, reflection, and prayer. In today’s parables Jesus is teaching us a lot about the Kingdom of God and our role in fostering its growth. We learn that His disciples are called to plant the seeds and not focus on the harvest. As St. Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Corinthians, “we sow the seeds and God will give the growth.” And we sow the seeds of faith by simply living and sharing our faith with our families, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. As we go through the summer months and look at the beautiful world around us, let’s call to mind the magnificent truth that the growth we see began with small seeds that grew slowly over the years and are continuing to bear fruit for the Kingdom.

Archbishop Rozanski has sent notice that as of July 1st the dispensation of the faithful to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be lifted. This means that ALL Catholics, unless gravely ill are obliged to fulfill their obligation to attend Mass. Additionally the Archbishop has left it to pastors to return Holy Water in the Holy Water fonts, and the usage of offertory collections. The distribution of the Chalice of the Precious Blood during Communion however remains prohibited until further notice from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. You will notice Holy Water at all the doors of Church this weekend. In addition, we will return to using the center aisle for the distribution of Holy Communion and will be taking up the offertory collection and returning to the Offertory Procession at Mass.

We are coming to the end of the Annual Catholic Appeal, the ACA. I want to thank all who have already made a pledge to this year’s appeal and have participated in this charitable work of our local Church. Our parish goal was over $16,000 and, thus far, we are nearing that goal through the generosity of St. Luke parishioners. If you haven’t made a pledge yet, please do so by signing your card and returning it to the Parish Office. If you are unable to make a pledge this year, please also sign your pledge card indicating you are not able to give this year and return it to the Parish Office. I want to thank our parish co-chairs, Dee Brockmann and Felice Nighbor for another amazing labor of love on behalf of the parish.

Once again, we are promoting the option for all parishioners to consider “Online Giving.” It is a simple and easy 21st Century way to offer your treasures to the Lord and the work of His Church. Setting up online giving is easy and can relieve the need to write checks, remember your envelope, and take serious our call to good stewardship of the blessings God has given us. If you have any questions, Donna, in the Parish Office, will be happy to assist you.

Finally today as we continue this month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, this week make this a daily prayer: “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.”

God Bless! Have a great week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete