This Sunday, our community celebrates the Patronal Feast of our
Parish– the Feast of Saint Luke.
To grasp a better understanding of the celebration of Luke,
we need to be reminded of the two key aspects of his ministry: the
kingdom preached and justice for the poor.
With such a clear call from
the Gospel, we should see the celebration of Saint Luke as an
extension of this clear-speaking person.
We see other aspects of his
personality brought out in the prayers: they call for healing, and
this makes sense since tradition tells us that Luke was a doctor.
St. Paul in his letter to
Timothy also shares Luke’s credentials as a faithful worker for
the “Way of Christ”. All of
this together brings us a rich feast…and a serious challenge:
If the feast of a saint is
a reminder of what one person can do, how do we measure up to this
Evangelist? Are we faithful
to the Way? Do we have a clear mission and dedication to justice
for the poor? Do we
proclaim the Kingdom of God with our own lives?
Perhaps that is why we need
to pray on this day for the grace to bring Christ to the world in
new and deeper ways.
Please join us at the main celebration of the Patronal
Feast on Sunday at 11:00 am Mass, celebrated by Bishop Felipe
Estévez. After the Mass,
please join us for our Annual Parish Picnic sponsored by the
This Sunday, the universal church celebrates
World Mission Sunday.
This special day is
organized by the Propagation of the Faith and set aside for
Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's
missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.
For this year’s World
Mission Sunday celebration, we are focusing on the words from St.
Matthew’s Gospel, “I Will Build My Church” (Matthew 16:18),
highlighting the outreach of local churches through priests,
religious and laity among the poor and marginalized half a world
away. As described by Pope
John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is "an important day in the
life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering
made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the
missions of the world" (see Redemptoris Missio 81).
Every year the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions
grow- as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened
because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ's call
to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural
disaster are rebuilt, and as other areas, long suppressed, are
opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church.
That is why the involvement
and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently
needed. Offerings from
Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and
throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the
Propagation of the Faith worldwide. May the Lord bless your kindness, generosity, and support!
Also this Sunday, October 19th, we remember the
30th anniversary of martyrdom of Blessed Fr. Jerzy
day- 30 years ago- he was abducted and brutally beaten by members
of the Security Service (SB) and thrown in the Vistula River near
the Wloclawek Dam. Blessed
Fr. Jerzy is known for his heroism in speaking the Truth and
bringing the presence of Christ to the people of Poland under the
very oppressive regime of the communist government.
A Relic of Blessed Fr.
Jerzy Popiełuszko is with our parish during our monthly Masses for
St. Luke– pray for us!Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko– pray for us!
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