May 20, 2018
Today we celebrate the Day of Pentecost. With this day we come to the end of our glorious season of Easter. Pentecost celebrates the promise fulfilled that Jesus would ask the Father to send His fearful disciples another Advocate, and that’s just what happened in Jerusalem, fifty days after Jesus rose from the grave. Today a strong driving wind blew out the cobwebs of doubt and fear, and tongues as of fire descended enflaming the Apostles with the strength and power they needed to continue the work Jesus left them. Last weekend we heard that mission, to go to the ends of the earth and preach the Good News; to make disciples of all nations once they had been given the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. Ever since that wild and crazy day in Jerusalem that is what the Church has continued to do. That is what St. Luke’s parish has done since it began in this little corner of the world. Some have referred to Pentecost as the “Birthday” of the Church; the day the Church, the Body of Christ, came to life by the animation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Today, we as a community of faith will be commissioned to go forth by that same gift of the Holy Spirit to preach the Good News, not so much with words, but by our very lives. Today we pray in the words of a good Pentecost hymn, “O breathe on me, O breath of God. Fill me with life anew. That I may love the things You love, and do what You would do.” Let us all preach the Good News that Jesus lives in our hearts, our homes and at St. Luke’s.
Tomorrow (Monday), we re-enter Ordinary Time. From now until December 1st we will embark on an annual course in learning how to be good disciples of Jesus. Each week the scriptures will teach us important lessons that the first disciples learned. Jesus will teach us how we can be His faithful followers and grow closer to Him. I like this time of the Church year and refer to it as Discipleship 101. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and enjoy this refresher course. We can all benefit from this time and grow closer to our Lord.
After consulting with an architect and professional mover, it seems there might be a problem in moving the altar back as we had originally thought. I wanted assurance that there would be no danger of damage to our beautiful altar. It was determined that the better scenario would be to construct a platform and steps in front of the altar, matching the existing marble to allow for the Latin Mass. This is a better scenario for all of us and the plan the Oratory will proceed with.
The Chapel project is coming together, but I have decided to postpone the opening until July 6th to ensure it is completely ready. I am waiting on the bid for the AC/Heat unit installation and new kneeling hassocks. It would be rushing things to get it all done by June 1st as I had hoped. We will wait to begin Eucharistic Adoration therefore until July 6th.
The first of hopefully three “Mass on the Grass” liturgies will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th at 9:00am. With weather cooperating, we hope to also make the 4th of July, and Labor Day annual opportunities for us to gather outside for Mass with neighbors and friends as we begin these holidays. Hope everyone will join us.
Finally today, a word of thanks to all who have made a pledge to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal and to our chairs, Felice Nighbor and Dee Brockman for coordinating this year’s ACA. No matter your pledge, know that working together we are participating in our Archdiocese’s mission to address charitable and practical needs that benefit us all. We have done our part to make this year’s Campaign a success. Thank you. As a pastor, it makes me proud to see us reaching beyond the parish to be part of the wider Church.
God Bless! Happy ending of Eastertide!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)