Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2022

Today we celebrate Fourth Sunday of Easter. Today is also commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday as each year the readings focus on Jesus, the Lamb once slain, now seated on the throne, shepherding His flock. Today’s responsorial psalm reminds us of that saying, “We are His people, the sheep of His flock.” We may from time to time wander away from the flock, but our Good Shepherd seeks and finds us and brings us home. He will do that for the duration of our lives here on earth and one day lead us home to the green pastures of eternal life. In our Easter season we continue to rejoice in the victory of the Lamb once slain and today give thanks for our Good Shepherd who knows us, gently calls us by name, and invites us to follow Him.

Today we also celebrate Mother’s Day, a day to remember our Moms who gave us the precious gift of life. I wish all mothers of St. Luke a very blessed day filled with all the attention and love you deserve. At both Masses this weekend we honor you with a special Mother’s Day blessing along with a surprise.

Preliminary results from our recent Trivia Night show that we raised almost $9,000 for our roof repair and tuckpointing. Once again, many thanks to all who planned, worked, and participated in this successful fund raiser for St. Luke’s.

Our Annual Catholic Appeal continues this weekend. Thank you to all who have already made their pledge to this year’s ACA. Please take a moment and fill out your pledge card. Every gift is important and every helps our local Church to minister to all our Brothers and Sisters.

Finally today, as we enter the beautiful month of May and the weather turns more favorable, please remember to ask the special intercession of Mary for all your needs and for the needs of the parish. A simple daily three Hail Marys goes a long way. A Rosary a day is a special opportunity to reflect on the lives of Jesus and Mary and draws us ever near to our Savior and His Blessed Mother. “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

God Bless! Happy Eastertide!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete