June 11, 2023
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Today we celebrate the gift Jesus left to His Church so that we might know He is truly present with us until the end of time. Our scriptures for today remind us of how God fed the people of Israel throughout their sojourn in the desert with manna. (First reading) Paul reminds the Corinthians that what we receive in Holy Communion is a partaking in the Body and Blood of the Lord, “We, though many, are one body.” (Second reading). Jesus tells us that He is the Living Bread, and then tells us, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you do not have life within you.” (Gospel) As we receive Jesus in Holy Communion at Mass we receive the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation so that we have His life within us, strengthening and nourishing us for the task of being His intentional disciples. As St. Augustine once said, “We receive Holy Communion to become what we receive.” This food will sustain us through all the challenges of life and promises life eternal. Alleluia!
It has now been two weeks since we heard the All Things New Strategic Plan announcement. On Pentecost I read the official letter for St. Luke Parish; that it would be ‘subsumed’ into Our Lady of Lourdes. To clarify what that term means, “a subsumed parish is one parish that is united to another parish in such a way that the first parish no longer exists and the second parish remains.” Last weekend we also published the official decree in the bulletin so you would have a chance to read it and have time to digest it. Over these past two weeks I have spoken with many of you and sense your uncertainty for the future, your questions about how things will unfold, and the awesome task at hand to unite our parish with Our Lady of Lourdes. On Memorial Day, O.L. of Lourdes parishioners joined us for Mass on the Grass and we had the largest crowd we have ever had. In the next two months before Fr. Phil Bene’ assumes his role as your new pastor, Msgr. Hanneke and I have been asked to come up with a tentative Mass Schedule. We will also be meeting with Fr. Bene’ to discuss particular aspects of both our parishes and pointing out things that may need to be addressed. ALL assets belonging to St. Luke the Evangelist will become assets of our new parish; this includes St. Luke School, the rental property adjacent to the rectory, the proceeds from the sale of the Howard property, our parish Endowment Fund, any savings, and McMahon Field. The Oratory of Ss. Gregory and St. Augustine will have use of the Church and Rectory, including St. Joseph Hall.
In these next two months I will also be busy, meeting with the pastors of my new pastorate. As I announced, the Archbishop has asked me to become pastor of the new pastorate formed by Immaculate Conception Church in Union, St. Joseph Church in Neier, and St. Clare of Assisi Church in St. Clair. I am happy to be undertaking this new assignment. Let us all continue to pray for one another.
God Bless! Have a blessed week!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.