Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2018

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter. Our first reading and the Gospel conclude by focusing on repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Is this Lent or Easter? Isn’t repentance a Lenten thing? Isn’t Easter all about joy, eating chocolate, and butterflies? Plain and simply, NO. Our readings remind us of the ongoing need for repentance that we can live the joy of Easter. In our second reading, John proclaims that anyone who sins has an Advocate with God in Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. He helps us to repent throughout our lives. We repent by turning to that Advocate. One way we turn to Him is by celebrating Mass. “The Eucharist is medicine for the sick in need of repentance, not a prize for the perfect.” (Pope Francis) As we continue the joyous Easter season for the next five weeks, let us celebrate God’s mercy and love we find at every Mass. Then, filled with His grace we will be able to be bold witnesses of all that Jesus did to save us.

The season of the Annual Catholic Appeal, (A.C.A.) has begun. St. Luke’s has been very generous in the past to this annual appeal and has made not only our ordinary goal, but also many times, our challenge goal. Fr. John-Paul was instrumental in helping parishioners see the great need that is funded through the ACA. Last year when we faced the challenge of replacing our air conditioning unit for Church, the ACA was generous to our parish in providing an emergency grant of $25,000. Praise God. (Remember those hot weekends in May & June last year?) Our parish chairs, Dee Brockman and Felice Nighbor will once again coordinate our efforts here at St. Luke’s. Our parish goal for 2018 is $18,700. Please be as generous as possible. If you haven’t given to the ACA in the past, consider making a pledge, however your means allow. Working together we will once again be successful. God bless you for your continued stewardship.

During the Easter season St. Luke’s is blessed to participate with St. Joseph Radio and the Catholic Renewal office in presenting a series of Lectures on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Each Thursday during the Easter Season there will be a lecture on Thursday evening at 7:00pm in Church. The final lecture in the series will then move to the Rigali Center as part of the Pentecost Novena. Please check out the speakers for each lecture, (including our own Msgr. Morris), in the bulletin.

Thank you to Dianne Burpee for coordinating the Lenten Tree of Hope and to all who made donations of basic household items for the Ronald McDonald House. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of families at RMH. May God bless our acts of kindness.

By the Third Sunday of Easter our beautiful Easter flowers begin to wilt, and before they are too far gone we would like to offer some of them to parishioners to take home and add to your gardens. Some of the beautiful plants will be added to the parish grounds too so that we have a showplace to be proud of and share with visitors. After Mass this weekend please feel free to take home a plant.

Finally today, I want to invite parishioners to consider offering their Time & Talent in the various ministries of the parish. (This Fall we will be engaging in a stewardship campaign for Time, Talents, and Treasures, where you will have an opportunity to reflect on where your gifts can be used.) We are needing more of our parishioners to engage in various ministries; Children’s Liturgy, Lectors, Communion Ministers, and our Sunday 10am mini choir. If you are interested in any of these ministries, please contact me either after Mass or by email: pastor@stlukestl.org I especially encourage new parishioners to find a place to offer your gifts for your new parish family.

God Bless! Happy Eastertide!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys  (Fr. Pete)