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 love. In modern times, the foot-washing ceremony is an important call for all people that they too should be willing to serve others. "Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." - John 13:16-17
Our Lord offered His life as a sacrifice of love for us, handing on to us the precious gifts of the Eucharist and Priesthood. In celebration of these gifts, please click here to participate in the Chrism Mass (10:00am) and Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper (7:30pm) to be presided by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
We continue to entrust ourselves to God in faith, hope and love.
Praying for you and your loved ones.
Rev. Jonathan Paala
Pastor, St. Luke Catholic Church
"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."