15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018

Today we celebrate the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us of the call to be holy. Sometimes we think there is a select group of people – to which we could not possibly belong – who are the “holy ones.” If we really live in Christ, this couldn’t be less true. From our baptism we are constantly moving toward becoming saints. St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians says as much. St. Francis de Sales dedicated his life to helping people understand that all of us, not just priests, deacons, and nuns, are called to holiness. Holiness simply means being close to God, the all Holy One. How do we become saints? By living our true identity as disciples of Christ, staying close to Him, and serving others. By living this path, we are being encouraged by the great company of our brothers and sisters who already know the great joy of rejoicing with Christ in Heaven. Like Amos, the prophet, and the disciples sent out by Jesus two by two, we have what we need to be holy and share God’s Good News. By being who we are, Children of God, and living that identity to our fullest potential we announce Jesus to a world desperately in need of Him.

Our first Adoration time on Friday, June 6 went well. Thank you for making it possible for us to bring Eucharistic Adoration back at St. Luke’s. We will continue to offer Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month from 8:30 to 1:00pm. We will be asking parishioners to Sign-Up every month for a time slot in order to provide the opportunity for many to participate in this special time of prayer with our Lord. The Sign-Up sheet for Friday, August 3rd is in the main foyer. Please sign up. If you’re not sure of your schedule that day please remember the chapel is open throughout the morning hours. Just stop by and make a visit. In order for us to have consistent Adoration it is important that there be at least ONE person signed up for each time slot. We are not permitted, nor would we want, to leave Jesus alone. Once again, many thanks to those who participated this month. Eucharistic Adoration in a parish is a source of tremendous blessings.

You may have noticed the new items appearing in Church. These are from the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine. On the back reredos there are now four reliquaries that house the relics of four saints; St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Gregory the Great, St. Benedict, and the Venerable Bede. The altar step reconfiguration is now complete. The stone fabricators did an amazing job of matching the black marble. By the Blessed Mother’s altar there is a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham on a temporary table. After the 8:00 & 11:30am masses the Oratory congregation has special devotional prayers to Our Lady of Walsingham; one of three patrons of the Oratory. There will soon be two more statues added to St. Luke’s in the back of Church; one of St. Gregory and one of St. Augustine on either side of the center doors. Years ago Msgr. McCumber was given a relic of St. Luke the Evangelist by Cardinal Raymond L. Burke. It has now been returned to St. Luke’s. Working with Msgr. Morris, we hope to purchase a matching reliquary and display it on the back reredos by the tabernacle. In the not too distant future the Oratory will be installing new communion rail cushions. If you have any questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to ask either me or Msgr. Morris.

Finally today, we will soon be forming our next R.C.I.A. program that will begin shortly after Labor Day. We know there are people in our neighborhood just waiting to be asked. They’re your neighbors, people you work with, family members and relatives. We have a good team of catechists, now we need some people to journey the path of faith. If you know someone who might be interested let me know and I will be happy to contact them. I also want to offer this program to any parishioner who is looking for a good way to refresh their understanding of the faith and grow alongside the catechumens and candidates. Please let the rectory know if you are interested.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)