Dear Friends in Christ,
On this 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christ brings us to the Heart of the Father where we find a limitless ocean of love. From His Heart gushes forth infinite blessings and gifts which can only come from a loving Father who desires only what is good for His children. He fills our emptiness and entrusts to us His lasting treasures of love, joy, peace, and mercies, and calls us to cultivate these treasures by sharing them with our families, friends, neighbors and those in need.
God calls us as His children of the light and directs us to radiate the love of Christ in the midst of a dark and hostile world, filled with hardships, persecutions and suffering. During moments when we feel trapped and lost in the darkness, the Cross of Christ never fails to shine forth, giving us hope as we unite all to His redeeming passion. God never abandons us in the darkness. He supplies us with sparkling treasures wrapped in His gifts of the Holy Spirit, His Word in sacred scriptures, and His Sacraments. God infuses us with the light of these gifts, so we can become beacons of His gospel, allowing His kingdom to reign among us. If each of us would just light a candle offering to the Lord through little acts of kindness to both the kind and the unkind, and simple gestures of love to the loving and unloving, the world will be illuminated by the inextinguishable glorious love of Christ.
As we celebrate this Sunday and during the coming days the Church's greatest treasure, the Lord's Eucharistic Sacrifice, let us thank God for all His graces and gifts and ask Him to ignite our hearts with His love and anoint us with His Spirit to make us His good faithful servants, ready to meet Him and rejoice with our Blessed Mother, all the saints and angels in exultant praise, when He comes again in glory.
With thanks and prayers for a warm, safe and Spirit-enriched week ahead!
Blessings and peace in Christ,
Rev. Jonathan Paala
"All of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober." (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6)
1) INDOOR MASS SCHEDULE
SATURDAYS - 8:30am and 5:00pm
SUNDAYS - 8:00am and 10:00am
WEEKDAYS - 8:30am
2) Please support the Knights of Columbus in their Annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” Greeting Card Drive. Christmas Cards will be on sale in the community center this weekend.
3) St. Luke’s is offering the RCIA Program for adults who wish to become Catholic or would want to receive First Communion and Confirmation. There will be an in-person orientation next Sunday, November 22nd after the 10AM Mass. Virtual classes will begin on January 10, 2021. For those who are interested, please contact the parish office.
4) Next weekend’s second collection is for the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal. Our parish still needs $14,811 to reach our 2020 goal. Whatever amount you give will make a lasting difference. Thank you.
5) For those attending Holy Mass at St. Luke's for the first time, you are required to submit a CONSENT FORM (pls. click here to download and print). For those who have their forms on file, you don't have to submit the consent form. However, please sign the waiver attendance sheet to indicate that you understand and acknowledge the risks involved and agree to abide by all safety protocols.