April 8, 2018
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, now called, Divine Mercy Sunday. We continue for the next six weeks the joyous season of Easter, proclaiming the new life Christ has won for us by His Resurrection. In the Gospel this Sunday Jesus appears to the disciples, huddled in fear, in the Upper Room, where He had celebrated the Passover and given them the gift of the Eucharist. After His death and burial they had huddled together in fear. Now coming through the locked door He appears in His resurrected Body proclaiming, “Peace be with you.” Then He breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” and gives them the power of forgiveness of sins. In this act, Jesus forgives their personal weakness as a precursor of their ministry to bring this forgiveness and mercy to others. Through the promotion of St. John Paul the Great, the Church celebrates the Divine Mercy of our Resurrected Lord. In the famous depiction of the image of Divine Mercy we see the rays of forgiveness emanating from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On the base of the image is the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You.” Today’s feast reminds us that as disciples of the Risen Christ we are called to practice the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy in our lives. Let us receive the merciful love of God often in the Sacrament of mercy and allow its grace to strengthen us to trust always in Jesus.
Once again I want to express my gratitude to all who helped make our Holy Week and Easter liturgies beautiful celebrations of faith. Our deep gratitude to David Byrne and the choir of St. Joseph’s Shrine for the music during the Triduum. The music helped make these high holy days so meaningful. Thank you to Frank Jorns, our 10am mini-choir, and our trumpeter on Easter morning. It was glorious too. I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my first Holy Week and Easter in our parish family here at St. Luke’s. One thing would have made it perfect; a FULL Church. Even though our liturgies were well attended, there was never a crowd like there used to be in Churches, even on Easter morning. Folks, we ALL have our work cut out for us.
This Sunday we will be gathering the items for the Tree of Life which was part of our Lenten almsgiving. Basic items for Ronald McDonald House will be delivered this coming week. On behalf of the parish and our Social Justice Committee, thank you for your generosity to this Lenten endeavor.
The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls was another Lenten opportunity for almsgiving. Please turn in your Rice Bowls in the regular Sunday Offering anytime during the Easter Season. In addition to worldwide relief efforts a portion of our Rice Bowl offerings remain here in the Archdiocese for relief efforts.
Finally today, I am happy to announce that the new school boiler is up and running. There were a couple of delays due to the installation of a new flue. Parts for this part of the project needed to be ordered and it pushed our project three weeks further than we had hoped. (Early bulletin deadlines caused me to misspeak about it’s completion. One astute parishioner called it to my attention.) It is NOW complete The total cost of the boiler project was $29,336. Thanks to generous donors who have contributed almost $8700 toward the project.
God Bless! Happy Eastertide!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)