20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 19, 2018

Today we celebrate the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today we hear once again from the masterful teacher. For a fifth week we hear Jesus tell the crowds that He is the ‘Bread of Life, the Living Bread come down from Heaven, real food and real drink.’ Whoever eats this bread will live forever. The Eucharist is Wisdom’s sumptuous feast that teaches us to forsake foolishness and advance in the way of understanding. This feast fills us with the Holy Spirit, who gives us understanding and new life. At each Mass we gather, sing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs and then taste and see the goodness of the Lord in the Body and Blood of Jesus becoming one with us. Our sharing in this mystery gives us the spiritual food for life’s journey to the eternal banquet feast we’ll share one day in Heaven. “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” He can and does. We see this through eyes of faith and know He does this for one reason; Love!”

In a few weeks we will be returning to having our weekly Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 10:00am Mass. For several weeks we have been seeking one more generous parishioner who could offer their time and talent as a catechist/liturgist. Our current team could use one more volunteer who can help bring the message of the scriptures to our parish children. If God is calling you to this ministry, please contact Donna in the parish office (644-2144). She will put you in contact with one of our regular leaders for more instructions.

I want to especially thank parishioners, who during the past several weeks, have joined in donating to the campaigns for School supplies and new/gently used shoes. As you saw in last week’s bulletin, the generosity of SLE parishioners for students at Our Lady of Guadalupe was again a huge success. The box for the Shoeman project was also filled several times. Thank you for being generous stewards of God’s gifts.

Today at 2:00pm I am hosting a special “Meet and Greet Informational Meeting” for the pilgrimage I will be leading to the Holy Land in March. Our travel guide from the travel company will be here to answer questions and have brochures for anyone interested. Refreshments will be served. All are invited. Even if you’re just interested to hear about the details of a visit to the Lands Where Jesus Walked, I want to encourage you to attend. We will meet in St. Joseph Hall.

Beginning this month I joined online giving as my way to give each week to our parish. I was reluctant at first as I try to tithe each week. Donna helped me to see how easy it is to set this up and I have been pleasantly surprised how much easier it is than writing a check. If you haven’t signed-up for online giving, I just want to let you know I am doing it; it’s easy, I highly recommend it!

Our final Mass on the Grass for this season, weather permitting, will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3rd at 9:00am. Hope to see you there as we unofficially end summer and begin our round of regular meetings and programs.

Finally today, did you know that St. Luke’s has a weekly meeting for anyone suffering from alcoholism and is interested in maintaining the path of sobriety. “Movin’ On Group 1065” meets every Saturday at 6:00pm in St. Joseph Hall. If you have family members, friends, or neighbors who are looking for a local meeting, please contact Rhonda for more information: 314-810-2709.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)