Students Welcomed Back for In-person Instruction

St. Luke Catholic School students in Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grade were welcomed back on campus for in-person instruction on Monday.

We were blessed to have Bishop David O’Connell; Father Tommy Riode; Mrs. Teresa Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent from the Department of Catholic Schools; and Mr. Tom Chavez, Mayor of Temple City, with us to celebrate this milestone. Father Mark was with us through his thoughts and prayers in spirit.

The school’s waiver was approved last week to resume in-person instruction for those grade levels. We look forward to welcoming back all our students soon.

While, we have done a fabulous job with Distance Learning, nothing replaces the classroom setting for learning and growing. Thank you for your continued prayers! We are St. Luke Catholic School!
St. Luke School Face Masks

St. Luke Catholic School is selling face masks for $10 each. Limited quantity, available on a first come basis. If you are interested in a mask, stop by the School Office Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-3:00 pm. Questions? Call (626) 291-5959.

Reflections on St. Martin de Porres

An old illustration pictures Martin de Porres, finger to his lips—“Shhhh!”—as several mice peek out of sacristy vestment drawers, preparing to join a rodent “procession” following him out of church! (1579-1639; November 3 Feast Day.)

Martin’s rescue of these unwelcome guests, and statues depicting him, broom in hand, feeding a dog, cat, bird, and mouse from the same dish symbolize his life and sanctity. Initially denied entrance by the Dominicans because of his mixed race (Spanish father, Panamanian mother), Martin cherished society’s marginalized.

For him, menial tasks, lovingly done, were sacred. Great and lowly alike feasted on his charity. Enemies were reconciled by this “poor mulatto” (his self-description), kind even to those whose racism demeaned him.

Apprenticed to a surgeon-barber in his youth — thus patron saint of hair stylists and public health providers — Martin dispensed healing and dignity to Lima’s poorest, serving in them the Christ he adored for hours in the Blessed Sacrament.

By the time he died, all Peru called him Martin the Charitable, a title even those of us who will never be called “saint” might still aspire to. 
—Peter Scagnelli, © J. S. Paluch Co.