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Pentecost Sunday Greetings from our Pastor
Today, Pentecost Sunday, we are celebrating the birth of our Church, the day of fulfillment of the promise of Christ, the Holy Spirit, Who came as wind and fire upon the apostles. With our Blessed Mother, they devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  This same Divine Spirit visits us anew, revives our souls and empowers us to bear fruit for God's kingdom, as He brings us to communion with Christ each time we participate in our Lord's Eucharistic Sacrifice.  The Holy Spirit descends upon us each...

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In today's Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ's promised Advocate - the Holy Spirit who will empower us in fulfilling our God-given mission.  We believe that during this time of trial, our Lord remains with us through the Holy Spirit, so we ask the same Spirit to prepare our hearts for our reunion with Him, our Eucharistic Lord, and with one another, as we gather again in our St. Luke Church to worship God together after two months of sheltering-in-place. (Click here for the Novena to the Holy Spirit.) Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, in part two of his upd...

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In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus assures us of His never ending love, as He promises that He will never abandon us and that He will send us another Advocate, the Holy Spirit to be with us and to uphold us.  Indeed, Jesus remains with us in a real and tangible way through the Eucharist.  During this shelter-in-place, we experience how the Holy Spirit brings us into a spiritual communion with our Eucharistic Lord whenever we participate in the Holy Mass virtually.  The Holy Spirit also ignites the longing in our hearts to reunite with Christ sacramentally after an almost 2-month Eucharistic fast, at that fut...

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Bring a professor from St. Patrick's Seminary & University into your home to give you a college-level course on mystical theology, "Women and the Mystical Tradition of the Church." The fee is nominal; and there are no grades. This live online course of eight weekly meetings, will be from Tuesday, May 12 until Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The instructor is the renowned Dr. Anthony Lilles, of St. Patrick's Seminary and the author of the blogspot BeginningToPray.com. Each meeting is a live thirty-minute lecture and a twenty-minute question-and-answer period. Dr. Lille...

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Good Shepherd Sunday Greetings from our Pastor
Today, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday.  As a shepherd gathers and takes care of His sheep, so does our Lord enfold us in His infinite love and compassionate care. The COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing now cannot stop our Lord from embracing us in the shelter of His arms, offering us healing, strength and courage. Christ continues to be the Shepherd of our souls during each Eucharistic Sacrifice offered here at St. Luke and at all Churches (in which you participate virtually), and during moments of personal encounter with Him in prayer, as He calls each of ...

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National Day of Reconsecration (May 1, 2020)
Let us gather together with Catholics nationwide and throughout Canada, as Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads us in renewing our consecration to our Blessed Mother.   We ask our Blessed Mother's intercession for continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the sick, and wisdom for those who work to find cure for COVID-19. FRIDAY, MAY 1 12:00 NOON Tune in to EWTN TV or EWTN Live or Visit the LA Catholics webpage to join the live-stream and pray as one natio...

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family.  The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.  This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to yo...

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