June 16, 2019
Today, in place of the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we celebrate one of two major feasts following Pentecost. Today is Trinity Sunday. Next weekend we will celebrate Corpus Christi. We believe the Holy Trinity to be three Persons in one God. Of primary importance is their relationship to each other and to us, and our relationship with them. In a homily during 2017, Pope Francis described the mystery of the Trinity using the popular fidget spinner toy to make known the presence of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When the spinner spins faster, its three arms will seem to become one large disc, but they are still three. Mysteries are experienced, not explained. God is a community of three intimately connected, distinct persons. They share everything. Created in God’s image and likeness, we are called to be community united by the love of God that is made visible in Jesus Christ and flows in us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Each of us is unique, yet God dwells within each of us. Don’t try to understand it. Enter into and live the mystery. “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
Congratulations to our new Parish Council members and alternates selected during our 10:00am Mass last Sunday. New members who will serve a three-year term on the Parish Council are: Megan Daake, Julia Beaudoin, and Mike McBride. Two alternates were also selected, If any member of the council is unable to fulfill their term, the alternates will step in to fulfill the unexpired term. Our parishioners selected for this role are: Ann Deer and Rebecca Hunsel. Many thanks to John Weiler and John Nighbor, who leave the Council this year, for their generous service. They have been insightful and tireless in looking for ways to make our parish a welcoming community. The third position filled last week was to replace Rich Kurz who moved to Texas last year. Rich was a great asset not only to the Council but to the entire staff. His expertise in technology helped us many times. He also was one of the founders of the Young Adult Ministry. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the PC this coming year to continue to implement strategies to focus our vision on the mission as Christ’s disciples here at St. Luke’s.
One parishioner has stepped forward to be part of our “Fr. McMahon’s Birthday/St. Luke Parish” celebration on September 28th. I would like to have 4-5 more join me in planning this event.
Last weekend there were 26 at 5:00pm Mass for the Feast of Pentecost. Our attendance at 10:00am was 82. As you read these numbers it should alarm all of us. St. Luke’s cannot continue for long with numbers like these. Our Church seats 350 and it is definitely disheartening to see so few parishioners practicing their faith. Is it time to reconsider 5pm Mass and move it up to say 4:00pm? IC in Maplewood has more at 4:00pm than they do on Sunday morning. Our 5pm is consistently poorly attended; about ¼ full. Please pray for the parish folks. I would like to be here until I retire and I am growing concerned that maybe St. Luke’s won’t be here that long. One of the Parish Council’s priorities is to create an Evangelization committee to create strategies of sharing all the good things we have to offer. Please consider being a part of this effort. We really need to take the current situation seriously or perhaps begin to look towards a Maplewood/Richmond Heights consolidation of Churches.
Finally today, I want to announce that beginning on Monday, July 1st, (three weeks from tomorrow) there will no longer be an 8:00am Mass on Mondays. For the past year Msgr. Morris has kindly taken Monday morning mass in order for me to have a day off. Unfortunately, his schedule with the Oratory will no longer allow for this. With neighboring parishes and St. Mary’s Hospital offering a morning Mass, those who attend Mass daily have the opportunity to experience other liturgies.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)