May 27, 2018
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This is the first of two feasts we celebrate in Ordinary Time following Pentecost. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, (Corpus Christi). Today we focus on how the Most Holy Trinity form a community among themselves. From their community we receive loving inspiration for our own. In the first reading for today we hear Moses recalling the great deeds that God had done for His Chosen People. Then he concluded saying, “This is why you must fix in your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and the earth below, and that there is no other.” In today’s second reading St. Paul reminds us of who and whose we are. By the Spirit we have received we are able to call upon God, not as some distant potentate, but a personal and loving God, our “Abba.” Today’s Gospel is the great commission of Jesus to His disciples as He is about to ascend to heaven. He says to them, and to us, “Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Our God is counting us to reveal Him to all nations, and invite to His Kingdom all those we find, inviting them to become disciples like you and I. Let’s get to work!
“Mass on the Grass” will be held this Monday, May 28th at 9:00am as we celebrate with weather cooperating, we will celebrate Mass on McMahon Field. (If there is rain, Mass will be held in Church.) Please come! Invite your neighbors, family, and friends. Please bring lawn chairs; social gathering to follow.
Speaking of McMahon Field. Our Lady of Lourdes Athletic Association has recently installed a new irrigation system for the field. This was the first of several capital improvements that they hope to make to our field as part of their lease agreement. They also re-sodded the infield and cleaned-up brush along the perimeter. Our 10 year agreement gives OLOL a field to play on while also allowing our own parish leagues and activities an improved playing field. I am grateful to OLOL parish for this arrangement.
Are there any parishioners who do needlepoint? I am looking for 3-4 volunteers to help with a project for the altar. I have 4 St. Luke kneeling cushions for the servers that I would like to have ready by Christmas. If any of you wonderful people enjoy needlepoint and would like to make a lasting memorial to St. Luke’s sanctuary, please contact me for a kit. (I’d try it myself, but I’m all thumbs!)
I have asked Msgr. Morris to write some articles for the bulletin to help us better understand the Oratory, the Tridentine (Extraordinary Form) Mass, and to answer questions that you may have. He has graciously offered to have a weekly insert throughout the month of June in preparation for the move of the Oratory on July 1st. Please take time to read these articles, (I know I will since I know very little of the Extraordinary Rite.) I am hoping these help us to better understand this change to St. Luke parish and help us welcome the diversity.
Parishioner Joe Meyer and I have been working on the grounds around the Church and rectory since the weather turned more spring-like and jumped into summer. The gardens in-between the Church and rectory are looking good as well as the south side of Church, under the signs, flower pots, and along the parking lot. Ours is a beautiful complex and gardens help us show our vitality and create a welcoming atmosphere. The north side of Church needs some cleaning out and any help will be greatly appreciated. I enjoy gardening and find it therapeutic and want to offer anyone interested to join me and Joe. Stop me after mass or give me a call. Nothing better than getting your hands dirty and spending some time “playing” in the dirt.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)