Sunday, February 22, 2009

Keeping both oars in the water for Lent 2009 - Feb 22, 2009

The season of Lent is quickly approaching with its call for conversion. This call comes at a difficult time in our nation’s history. People are out of work, losing their homes, seeing their 401 accounts become 201 accounts. Times like these throw us back into the arms of our loving God. Often I have used the image of the need to row a boat with two oars. If we only use one oar we go around in circles. The two oars of the Christian life are prayer and service. During this season we will provide many opportunities to strengthen both of these dimensions. Listed below is the menu of activities offered here at St. Luke’s.
  • Daily Mass at 7 and 12:05
  • Stations of the Cross after Friday 12:05 Mass
  • Parish Mission with Father Joseph Paquette on March 2, 3, and 4. The Sacrament of
  • Reconciliation will be March 3 as part of the Mission
  • In-pew solicitation for the Catholic Charity Fund Appeal. Our goal is $173,000.
  • Immediate preparation for the Mustard Seed Missionary Trip to Jamaica.
  • Rice Bowl collection on Palm Sunday, April 4 and 5.
  • Please pray for our three RCIA candidates and catechumens who prepare for the
  • Easter Sacraments.
Let’s keep both oars in the water this Lent.

Fr. Bob Hawkins

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Catholic Charities 2009 starts Feb 21/22

Bishop Tobin has requested that parishes take up the Catholic Charity Fund collection during the season of Lent. One of the major dimensions of the Lenten season is almsgiving. This weekend you will notice a special handout in our bulletin. Our in-pew solicitation will occur at all the masses on February 21/22. Our parish goal remains at $173,000. All of you are aware of the severe economic downturn. It will take a massive effort on all of us to reach this lofty goal. But I trust in the unbelievable generosity of the people of St. Luke’s. I know you will not let me or the poor in our Diocese down.

Fr. Bob Hawkins

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Accountability - February 8, 2009

Accountability is a word we hear a lot about these days. It is important to be responsible if one is committed to effective leadership. Once a month we have a building and maintenance collection. Here are some current projects that your contributions are making possible: filling cracks and striping the parking lot (spring), fixing the church sign, painting the exterior of the church (this May), repairing the floor and the pews in church, updating the school building to meet the fire code. I would like to thank Bruce Morris and our finance committee for their excellent stewardship.

This past Sunday there was a whirl of activity here at church. Many people came out to seek Mary’s intercession as the Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe visited our parish. This coincided with Greg Albanese’s presentation to our Confirmation class. He spoke to the consistent Gospel of Life. Topics such as chastity, abortion, Lenten penalty, stem cell research were presented. Mary is always present to us as one who brings us closer to the vision of her Son. A big thank to our pro-life committee, Father Luke and Diane Comerford who led our efforts.

Fr. Bob Hawkins