The Ascension of the Lord

June 2, 2019

Today we would normally celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Several years ago the bishops of the Missouri Province agreed to move Ascension Day to a Sunday, thus replacing the 7th Sunday of Easter. Today we recall Jesus’ return to the Father. His Death and Resurrection completed, Jesus ascends to His place at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us. In St. Luke’s account, after telling His disciples that everything that happened was to fulfill the Scriptures, Jesus says, “You are witnesses of these things.” From Ash Wednesday, through Holy Week, Easter and the past seven weeks we have been celebrating all that Jesus did for US. Like the disciples who no longer see the Lord physically, we, His witnesses and faithful disciples tell the world we meet that Jesus is Lord and Savior who once and for all has taken away the sins of the world. While we wait for His coming again in glory we have our mission; to witness to the Truth and allow the gift of the Holy Spirit to give us strength to share our faith. Next weekend we will celebrate the promised gift of the Spirit descending on Pentecost. This week, as we prepare for Pentecost, let us pray, Come Holy Spirit fill each member of St. Luke’s community with the fire of Your love and make us bold witnesses for Christ.

Our selection of new Parish Council members is just a week away. We will select three new members and two alternates on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, to serve a three-year term on our parish leadership team. Several parishioners have shown interest in serving on the Council and sent their names in. God bless them. Is God asking YOU to consider offering YOUR time and talents to be part of the leadership team for St. Luke’s.

Our next First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be this coming Friday, June 7th, beginning after the 8:00am Mass until closing at 1:00pm. Please join our regular adorers and sign up for a 30 minute time slot. There are still a few openings. Spending quiet time with Jesus is a good time to pray with Him and develop your personal relationship with Him. Here, face to face, you can speak with Him, listen to Him, and allow His grace and peace to touch your life. Try it. You’ll love it!

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated on the 19th day after Pentecost, (this year on June 28th.) During this month take time to reflect on the Heart of Jesus burning with love for us and asking us to draw close to His heart wounded by our sins. Popular devotion to the Sacred Heart was promoted by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque who received a vision in the mid-17th Century from Jesus asking her to spread this devotion. In His apparition to her Jesus made 12 promises; 1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life. 2. I will give peace in their families. 3. I will console them in their troubles. 4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death. 5. I will abundantly bless their undertakings. 6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy. 7. Tepid souls shall become fervent. 8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection. 9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated. 10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts. 11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart. 12. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance; they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the Sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour. “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.”

Finally today, a word of thanks for all who helped with our Mass on the Grass last Monday. God bless you.

God Bless! Happy Eastertide!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)