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Entries for April 2020

Third Sunday of Easter Greetings from our Pastor
Dear friends at St. Luke,  Greetings on this 3rd Sunday of Easter! More than a month of sheltering-in-place, I hope and pray that you continue to experience God's providence and care, while following vital health precautions within and outside your homes. Just as our Risen Savior manifested Himself to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, I trust that He continues to reveal to you His love in the Breaking of the Bread, as you gather in fellowship with your families and friends (through social media), and especially as you participate in the Euchar...

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For many, these are tough times. Some of us feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and perhaps even hopeless. Talking over your concerns with a caring person can help you gain some perspective. Praying with someone can help you place your confidence in God who cares for you and your future even more than you! All calls will be treated confidentially. Referrals are available to counselors or other assistance. But we are here to talk with you, pray with you, and share emotional support and accompaniment as we all navigate these difficult times. Deacon Fred Totah: 415-614-5504 Richard Collyer: 415-614-5593 Monday to ...

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Pray for the Protection of Human Life
Walking with Moms in Need.   Sign up today to support this year-long project. Pray for moms in need from your home. Novena to St. Gianna Beretta Molla begins on April 28, 2020.  Sign up today to receive the novena. Beginning on April 28, the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  will share a novena seeking her intercession for pregnant women and all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Gianna was a 20th century physician, wife, and mother. You can sign up to receive this ...

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Rosary and Novena for Vocations (April 24 - May 3, 2020)
The Office of Vocations invites all Catholics to pray for our current seminarians and those being called to enter the seminary, and for an end to the pandemic. Pray the Rosary and Novena Prayer to St. Charles Borromeo each evening with others beginning on April 24 (the prayer is livestreamed on youtube.com/starparish). The Novena will culminate in the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 3. St. Charles Borromeo was a priest who helped to care for the sick in a plague during the 1600s in Milan. He also is the patron saint of seminarians.  Contact Fr. Cameron...

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All are invited to e-mail prayer petitions to Deacon Sandoval at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. We will remember those who are suffering illness of spirit, mind, or body, those who are grieving, and those who are infected or affected by the coronavirus. Crisis Helpline Prayer Phone Support is also available. Please e-mail your request to Rcs7777@comcast.net or by phone. We are available particularly for those who are sick, homebound, or in hospital, and those are infected and affected by the coronavirus. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth....

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Divine Mercy Sunday Greetings from our Pastor
In the midst of the COVID-19 turmoil, God's merciful and tender love overflows from His Heart more than ever. God loves all of us, no matter how great our sins. He desires to bring us healing, strength, pardon, peace and hope. He longs to bless us through the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Through this unique grace, the Lord opens wide the floodgates of His mercy so we can enter and turn back to Him while it is still the time of mercy, before He comes again as the just judge. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we are called to gaze upon Christ's merciful love, which i...

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Easter Blessings!

Posted on April 11, 2020 in: General News

Although the streets might have grown silent and been emptied, the Easter song still reverberates in our hearts, in our homes, in our Church. "We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song," says St. Augustine. Alleluia! Jesus Christ has conquered the grave, and no virus and no circumstance can change that. Let us thank God and rejoice in the blessings which remain -- the sunshine and clear blue skies, blooming flowers, the life of a newborn, the support of families and friends, and the hope we have in our Savior who has triumphed over death and brought us eternal life. Prayers united with your...

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Remembering Good Friday

Posted on April 10, 2020 in: General News

Dear friends at St. Luke,  Today we remember Good Friday...the day of God's greatest mercies...the day we adore Christ who laid down His life on the Cross for our salvation...the day when Blood and Water flowed out from His side (cf John 19:34) as a fountain of mercy for us. Let us celebrate God's infinite love and mercy for us, as we gather together in Spirit during the 3:00 p.m. Good Friday service, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as presider.  Stations of the Cross will be live streamed at 7:00 pm. (Please click here). You can also join the Cel...

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Join Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a national moment of prayer in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our Savior's healing and protection. GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 10 9:00 a.m. Visit the LA Catholics webpage or facebook.com/usccb to join the live-stream and pray as one nation  and receive a plenary indulgence. "If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn ...

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Commemorating Holy Thursday

Posted on April 09, 2020 in: General News

Dear friends at St. Luke, We gather again in Spirit to celebrate Holy Week. Today, April 9th, is Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper, where Jesus had His last meal with His followers before He suffered and died.  This day is also referred to as Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from the Latin word "mandatum" which means "mandate" or "command." "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." - John 13:34. At the end of the meal, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples as a sign and example of humility and lov...

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Dear Parishioners of St. Luke, With the shelter-in-place extended until May 3rd, I hope and pray that you remain safe and in good health, and that you are led to a deeper encounter with our Lord, as you open yourselves to His will, grace, and love, flourishing within your homes, families and neighborhoods. Heading towards the most sacred time of the Church year, I understand how painful it is for all of us not to be able to gather together to worship God in our St. Luke Church and celebrate the liturgies that bring to life the ultimate meaning of this solemn week – the passion, death and Resurrection of Christ....

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