March 11, 2018
Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent. In today’s readings we encounter a God of lavish mercy that can bring us to life. How many people do you know who have a poor image of God? Perhaps they picture God as a judge ready to condemn them if they’re not the best little boys or girls in the world. Jesus paints a different picture of God; a God rich in mercy who reaches out to us, over and over again, even after we fall into darkness rather than light. We can try to hide, but God seeks us out. He wants to raise us up when we fall down. But being raised up requires us admitting we have fallen down. Seeing the light requires us to name our darkness. Being whole requires us naming our brokenness. We need to name our whole truth, for, “Whoever lives the truth comes to the light.” Yes, God meets us right where we are, so this Lent invite God into your life as it is, whether in light or darkness. He hasn’t stopped reaching out. Remember the powerful words in St. John’s Gospel, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” Let’s make that our image of God. Repent and believe the Gospel.
This weekend at our 10:00am Mass our R.C.I.A. candidates will undergo the second of three ‘scrutinies.’ During this time, as they are drawing closer to the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, the Church prays for them, and invites us to pray, that they be given a spirit of true repentance, a sense of sin, and the true freedom of the children of God. We offer special intercessions for our elect, pray over them. Please remember our elect in your prayers this Lent, James Bosnick, Gabby Gaubert, and Wayne Hand.
I want to keep you updated on our latest stewardship challenge. This past week we were able to install the boiler for school which we were able to repurpose from I.C. in Dardenne Prairie. It was quite an ordeal to see the crane lift this off the truck and lower it down the narrow stairs to the boiler room underneath the Servers Sacristy. Power had to be cut due to the low hanging wires in the parking lot, but upon completion, the International Schoolhouse Staff and children will be so happy. The weather has been very cooperative and praise God, St. Luke’s was able to make another capital improvement to our campus.
Many thanks to all who attended our Unity in Community Service this past week and the parishioners who volunteered to be part of the Service. We prayed the Stations of the Cross, a typical Lenten devotion of the Church. I especially thank David Byrne for providing music for the service which focused on the hymns, “Were You There,” and “Jesus, Remember Me.” The service was followed by a simple luncheon in St. Joseph Hall. Thanks go to Donna and crew for serving.
I am currently working on a project that will benefit the parish in many ways. Like our sister parish, Immaculate Conception in Maplewood, our regular daily Mass attendance, (except during Lent), is usually between 10-15 people. I am working on converting the Server’s Sacristy into a Daily Mass Chapel and space for Eucharistic Adoration on First Fridays. With a few minor alterations, and the addition of a commercial AC/Heat wall mounted unit, we will not have to heat and cool the big Church during the week, (except for funerals). This will be a great savings to our utility bills. I was able to procure a beautiful oak altar and ambo several months ago from St. Francis Church in Eureka. We also were able to get new chapel chairs, a San Damiano crucifix, (St. Francis Cross), and altar appointments. My goal is to have the chapel ready by early summer to be able to celebrate Mass and begin First Friday devotions. This project has been fully funded by outside gifts. Stay tuned.
God Bless! Make it the best Lent ever!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)