Reflections with Fr. Mark
Dear Parishioners,

In the early Church communities, Timothy was a “peacemaker” who encouraged the early church congregants to work out their problems rather than cause dividedness between groups or peoples.  Needless division rips at the fabric of unity that the Body of Christ is called to exemplify.  When reflected upon, most division in a church community is needless and petty and enflamed by the spreaders of gossip and inuendo.  Additionally, these sources of divisiveness are in it for themselves and not for the good of the whole.  Timothy would not be happy!

Timothy reminds us that “in the name of God there must be no wrangling about words:  all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening.”  We know this still happens in families and communities and damages the spirit of goodness that should be present in such. 

Perhaps this time of pandemic will have helped each of us to focus on the good of family and community?  Perhaps our efforts and ministry are for the good of the whole and the parish, not for an individual ministry or group?  We move forward from these uncertain times into an uncertain future with hope in our heart that our experience will have caused some death in ourselves to allow newness of life to energize our vision forward.

We pray and hope for this.

Blessings,

Fr. Mark
Mass Reservations

Weekday Mass:  Reservations for weekday 9:00 am Mass can now be made online or by calling the Pastoral Office at (626) 291-5900. Reservation links will be posted a week at a time. Weekday Masses begin June 8.

Sunday Mass:  Reservations for the 8:30 and 10:30 am Sunday Masses can be made by calling the Pastoral Office at (626) 291-5900. Sunday Masses begin on June 14. We are not taking online reservations at this time.

Sunday Virtual Masses  will continue as well.

Private Prayer Update:  Parishioners may remain in the Church after weekday Mass for private prayer until 10:00 am. There will be no private prayer after 10:00 am. Private Prayer is available at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am tomorrow, Friday, June 5, with a reservation.


Pastoral Office Hours

The Pastoral Office is open to the public beginning Monday, June 8, 8:00 am-5:00 pm (Monday-Friday) for church business. Please be reminded that we are still under the county health order, so we ask that parishioners only visit the office if it’s absolutely necessary for church business. 

Face coverings are required when visiting the office and try to keep your visit brief. For everyone’s safety, only one person will be allowed in the office at a time. Keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others whenever possible. High-contact surface areas will be routinely cleaned and disinfected by staff. 

  • Staff are available by phone and e-mail as well to assist our parishioners with church business such as signing up for Mass, Father’s Day Novena Requests, Prayer Intentions and Mass Intentions.

  • Weekly offerings and other items can be mailed to the Pastoral Office or dropped in the office mailbox or contributed through our online giving program.  You can call Vanco at 1-800-675-7430 Monday-Friday between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm to make your contribution as well (Our parish client ID is ES11182). 

  • Staff checks the mailbox regularly. 

  • Religious Education registration materials can be found on our Parish Web site, www.stluketemplecity.org (under the Faith Formation tab) and be mailed to the Pastoral Office or dropped in the office mailbox. Staff are available by phone and e-mail if you have any questions.

  • Please be reminded that the Chapel is stilled closed and no parish-related meetings, events or activities are being conducted on or off property at this time (Room reservations for activities are not being accepted at this time as well.). 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we reopening slowly while ensuring everyone’s health and safety and adjust as needed. God Bless.
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