Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 29, 2018

Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Today’s Gospel reminds us that as followers of Christ, to “remain” in Him does not mean merely staying in one place, but keeping an active, living, and close connection to Him at all times. The word “remain” fills our readings today: remain on the vine, in Jesus, and allow His words to remain in us. We stay on the vine by staying with Jesus and those who belong to Him. In that way we invite His words to stay within us. Our relationship will then bear the fruit of living His commandments, so others can see that we remain in Him and He in us. On a practical note, for Jesus’ words to remain in us, we all need to make time to read, listen to, and reflect on them. Let them prune away whatever doesn’t reflect His ways. When Jesus remains in us and we in Him, our words and our deeds bear fruit. Remain in Christ today. Stay with Him. Show that His words remain in you. Carry Him in your arms by your good works.

Thank you to all who made a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal last weekend. For the next two weeks we will have pledge cards available in the main foyer of Church. For those new to the Parish, we have pledge cards for you. The ACA is an annual campaign to fund the various ministries and charities of our local Church. For over 60 years the Archdiocese has been conducting this appeal. In the 50s it was for the building of new parishes and schools. As time has passed, the campaign focuses on so much more. Every Catholic is asked to make a pledge to support the various ministries that benefit everyone: Marriage Preparation for those preparing for this vocation; Seminarians, to ensure future priests; the Marriage Tribunal for those whose marriages have ended and are seeking annulments; Catholic Education; charities that help those in need, including battered and abused women; and so much more. The ACA is by far the way we are all able to be part of these many ministries. The ACA also has a reserve fund to assist parishes that face emergencies. (It was through the generosity of the ACA that we were able to receive the $25,000 grant toward replacing our Church AC unit.) If you haven’t made your pledge yet, please consider doing it today. Your gift will be used in good stewardship of the mission Christ entrusts to us. God bless you.

Several parishioners have contacted me for more information on the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I will be leading in March of 2019. I am currently awaiting the brochures for this very special opportunity to “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus.” Once they arrive I will be happy to forward copies to anyone who is interested and will have Donna post it on the website. Thank you for your interest.

Have you considered Online Giving? We are encouraging parishioners to consider this easy way to make weekly contributions to St. Luke Parish. You never have to worry about writing a check, forgetting your envelope, or having cash on hand in your wallet as you come to Sunday Mass. Please take a moment and see the information in today’s bulletin giving details on how to set up Online Giving.

Please be sure to see the Mother’s Day cards sponsored by Birthright by the bulletins today. There are envelopes in each card for you to send a donation directly to Birthright. Your support of the Mother’s Day cards will go to help Moms who choose life for their babies.

Finally today, as we continue the Holy Spirit Lecture Series on Thursdays at 7:00pm, this coming week’s lecture will be given by our own Msgr. Morris whose presentation will be on “Mary and the Holy Spirit.” As we begin the month of May, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, I am confident his presentation will give us much food for thought and be very inspirational. Please join us this Thursday at 7:00pm in Church.

God Bless! Happy Eastertide!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys  (Fr. Pete)