August 6, 2017
Dear People of God,
Today’s celebration of the Transfiguration of the Lord replaces the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We recall the Lord taking Peter, James & John up the Mountain to witness His glory before they experience His Passion and death. Only St. Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration has the voice of God proclaiming Jesus as the, “One in whom I am well pleased.” Peter’s eyewitness account in his epistle repeats these words. Jesus is the Son of Man transformed in looks and clothing, and the One with whom God is well pleased, the beloved to whom we are to listen. We put on Christ in Baptism. We became adopted sons and daughters of God, called to be His beloved and to grow in reflecting Christ. We promised to listen to Him and reject any sense that we are inadequate to the task of living Jesus in our lives. We choose to either listen or not, to live pleasing to God or not, to choose darkness or to choose light. Like Peter, James, and John, we are witnesses to Jesus’ transforming power. While that might be challenging, that good news can make our faces shine and fill the world with the light of the Son.
Today we are invited to remember the Latin American Apostolate of our Archdiocese in Bolivia and support the work of our priests in the communities of La Paz. For over fifty years, St. Louis priests, (and one was made a bishop), have labored to bring the Good News to the poor of Bolivia, the Imaran Indians. A popular priest by the name of Fr. (then Monsignor) Rattermann of St. Luke’s went to Bolivia and spent many many years there. He was a brilliant man and translated a good deal of the scriptures and the Mass into the native language of the people. As we remember the work of our missionaries to Bolivia, please be generous in the special collection this weekend.
This weekend you may notice a new procedure, (well, really it’s an old one, similar to how things were done previously,) for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. As we begin singing the Lamb of God our ministers will now come to the altar. They will apply hand sanitizer and stand on the left-side of the altar to receive their chalices. After Communion they will proceed to the sacristy. Here they will be cleansing the chalices and spraying them with an alcohol spray as a sanitizing practice. All extraordinary ministers were forwarded these guidelines two weeks ago.
With the upcoming Holy Day of Opportunity, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15th, in cooperation with Immaculate Conception, Maplewood, the schedule of Masses will be: Aug. 14th, the Vigil Mass will be at 6:30pm. On the 15th, the Holy Day, Mass will be at 8:00am at Immaculate Conception, and at 6:30pm at St. Luke. Holy Days are opportunities for us to celebrate important Catholic truths. Hope to see you there.
Finally today, since our Fourth of July Mass on the Grass was such a hit, we are going to try it again for Labor Day. We will celebrate Mass at 9:00am on the ballfield. Please bring lawn chairs.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)