The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 24, 2018

Today we would normally celebrate the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, but this year the Church celebrates the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. We know His story. He leapt in the womb of his mother Elizabeth when Mary came to visit her. He was born to be the precursor of Jesus, heralding His coming and leading people to prepare. As Zechariah’s neighbors used signs to communicate with him, we often communicate our faith to others most effectively by the sign of our daily lives. Called from our mother’s wombs, we are formed to be messengers of God, to announce the Gospel of the Lord. Our lives herald Jesus when we imprint the Good News of Christ, in our words, actions, and attitudes. Meeting us, people meet Jesus. Seeing us, they see Jesus. Encountering us, they encounter Jesus. By living Jesus, we prepare and point the way to the Lord like John did. Our birth into our respective families was no doubt a joy for our parents. As they brought us to the font of Baptism our journey of being heralds of Jesus began. As we honor St. John this weekend, let us ask his special intercession to be good heralds of Jesus.

This Sunday we have the final bulletin insert from Msgr. Morris helping us to better understand the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, (the Latin Mass). Next Sunday we will officially welcome the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine to St. Luke’s. Beginning next week, July 1st, the 8:00am Mass will be the low Mass for the Oratory. Masses at St. Luke’s will now be: Saturday at 5pm for the Parish (English – Ordinary Form), 8am (Latin – Extraordinary Form), 10:00am (English), and 11:30am (Latin).

Brochures for the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land I will be leading from March 18-28, 2019 have arrived. The full itinerary is included along with details for participants. If you are interested, please contact me at the rectory for a brochure. Thanks to Donna and Rich Kurz, it is also available on St. Luke the Evangelist Parish website. I promise those who join me that the Gospel will take on a new dimension as we walk in the places Jesus walked, spoke and performed His miracles. Holy Week will never be the same after being in the Upper Room, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, visiting the place of Crucifixion, and going inside the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher. Please tell friends, neighbors, and family members about this great opportunity. I am limiting the trip to the first 30 who sign up.

Our next “Mass on the Grass,” will be held on July 4th at our Holiday time, 9:00am. As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day please join me on McMahon Field for Mass. Please bring a lawn chair.

Once again, this weekend, I am asking parishioners to please sign up for our return of Eucharistic Adoration to St. Luke. Our plan is to have adoration on the First Friday of every month immediately following the 8am Mass until 1pm. There are 8, thirty minute time slots. Preferably we would like 2 adorers for every shift. There MUST be at least 1 person for every time period to ensure the Blessed Sacrament isn’t left unattended. Please take a moment today to sign-up. We will conclude our adoration each month with Benediction at 1:00pm.

Finally, today, another word of thanks to those who have recently signed up for “Online Giving.” This simple way to be faithful contributors to the ongoing mission of St. Luke’s makes it convenient for you to no longer need envelopes and have to remember to bring them on Sundays. “Try it, you’ll like it!”

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)