Pentecost Sunday

June 9, 2019

Today we celebrate the wild and wonderful Feast of Pentecost. We recall the promised gift of the Father to Jesus’ disciples, hunkered down in the Upper Room, praying as Jesus had told them. Then what appeared to be tongues of fire descended on them and a strong driving wind blew out any doubt and fear. They breathed in the Holy Spirit and their lives were changed forever. We see this image in our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke describes how the Spirit gave the Apostles the gift of ‘tongues’ so the Good News could be heard by all. Luke tells us that in Jerusalem there were people from many nations. All heard the Good News in their own language. St. Paul in today’s second reading from 1 Corinthians says, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.” He then goes on to say that there are spiritual gifts given to Jesus’ disciples for some common benefit. Our Gospel from John has Jesus instructing the disciples to prepare a worthy dwelling place for the Father, and the Son to abide. Only then will the Holy Spirit, the Advocate and Paraclete, be sent in His name. We celebrate today as the Birthday of the Church continually animated by the Holy Spirit for two millennia. May we daily ask the Holy Spirit for the fire of faith in our hearts and the boldness to proclaim “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

At our 10:00am Mass today three new Parish Council members will be selected along with two alternates to serve a three-year term on our parish leadership team. We pray to the Holy Spirit that those selected will offer the Spirit’s gifts they possess to help us live Jesus in our parish’s mission and work.

With the celebration of Pentecost we end our Easter Season and begin a long period in our Liturgical Year called Ordinary Time II. We continue to learn about being disciples of Jesus and grow in our relationship with Jesus. During this Season we begin with two feasts significant in the life of Jesus and us; Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi (now called The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.) The liturgical year will end with the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, November 24th. In this season of Ordinary Time our First reading will come from a variety of Old Testament Books. The Second reading will trace major portions of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, and Colossians. We will also read passages of the Letter to the Hebrews, Philemon, and 3 Thessalonians. Our Gospel readings will be from the central portion of St. Luke’s Gospel where Luke tells us of Jesus’ teaching and preaching in Galilee and along His journey to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus outlines the expectations and cost of discipleship. Over the summer months, and into Autumn, it’s like an annual renewal course in “Discipleship 101.” Let’s listen, reflect, and allow the Lord to draw us ever closer to Him.

This year St. Luke’s will be combining the celebration of the Feast of St. Luke (October 18th), with a tradition from the past of celebrating Msgr. McMahon’s birthday, (September 29th). We are beginning to plan for a special Parish Day on Saturday, Sept. 28th on McMahon Field from Noon to 6:00pm. Our regular 5pm Mass will be celebrated al fresco with Mass on the Grass to culminate the day’s festivities. I am currently asking parishioners to join me in forming a Parish Day Celebration Committee. If you are interested in joining me, please let me know. I am hoping this event will bring us together, along with former parishioners for a fun day celebrating our great parish.

Finally today, I want to give you an update on the renovation project of the ‘rental house’ adjacent to the rectory. Work began early in May to make significant upgrades and repairs to this old house. These include repairs to the plaster in several rooms, refinishing the wood floors, repairing broken screens, and repainting the entire interior. The kitchen is being gutted and new cabinets and appliances installed. The bathroom is being renovated with a new shower surround and vanity. Our goal is to have the house ready to be rented on July 1. With these renovations we are hoping to find a long-term tenant. Spread the word and if anyone is interested, please call the parish office to schedule a tour.

God Bless! Happy Birthday Church!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)