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Thank you for your interest in St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Whether you're just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we're happy you found us. If you're already a parishioner, glad you're here!

  

   Our Parish Mission:

The people of God in the parish of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, in union with our pastor and parish staff, are centered on the Eucharist and are a welcoming and diverse community. We are committed to proclaim the Good News of God's love by developing the spiritual growth of our parish family, encouraging active participation, personal stewardship and community outreach.

        

Mass Times & Reconciliation

 

 

Please note: effective immediately the Bishop has decided to suspend the public celebration of Masses, penance services, social events and ministry gatherings in the Diocese of St. Petersburg until it can be determined that it is safe to return to normal schedules and public worship. Click here for a detailed video address by Bishop Parkes .

Click this link to read a copy of his March 18, 2020 letter.

 

No Masses; however St. Luke Church will remain open for private & personal devotion on an abbreviated schedule, as we prefer not to have too many people in the church at any one time. Also, if you are sick in any way please, out of consideration for others, do not come even for a private visit.  

7:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON MONDAY - FRIDAY

8:00 AM TO 12 NOON SATURDAY  

7:00 AM TO 12 NOON ON SUNDAYS

 

During these trying times, it is important to continue the practice of our faith. Thanks to the gift of technology, there are ways to participate in Mass virtually via online streaming, watching on television, or listening to Mass on the radio. 

To view options for listening to or viewing the Mass online or on the air, click here.

As we gather for these celebrations, we are encouraged to be active participants by listening to the readings, responding to prayers, standing, sitting,etc. and praying the following prayer of Pope Francis for Spiritual Communion.

I prostrate myself at your feet, O my Jesus, and I offer to you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abases itself in its nothingness in your presence. I adore you in the sacrament of your Love: I desire to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers You. While waiting for the happiness of a Sacramental Communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, that I may come to you. May your love inflame my whole being, in life and in death. I believe in You, I hope in You, I love You. Amen

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

      OFFICE 727-786-3648      

      Fax: 727-789-9556

     click a link to email

      Email: Parish Office

      Email: Bulletin

      Email: Youth Ministry

      Email: Website

 

Clergy & Staff

Office Hours & Location

Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

EFFECTIVE 3-18-20
OFFICE WILL BE OPEN 8:30 AM to 12 NOON
MON-FRI
DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS.

      

 

Starting clockwise top left:

Pastor: Fr. Paul Kochu, Assisting Priests: Fr. Matteo Rizzo, Fr. Kevin Tortorelli and Fr. Jesus Martinez

 

Please remember to continue your generous support of our parish in light of your personal circumstances, so that our Church is able to continue its ministries and to serve the poor during this time of crisis. 

https://stlukepalmharbor.weshareonline.org/

 

 

 

Prayer is an important way for Catholics to respond to any crisis as we express our dependence on God. We pray especially for all those who are ill, their families, health care workers and officials working to slow the spread of COVID-19. Bishop Parkes urges the faithful to pray and fast for a quick and positive resolution of the current pandemic and for compassion and kindness to prevail in the hearts of all as we care for those in need.

The following prayer was adapted from the Roman Missal and can be prayed daily.

Almighty ever-living God, eternal health of believers,
hear our prayers for your servants who are sick with Coronavirus:
grant them, we implore you, your merciful help,
so that, with their health restored,
they may give you thanks in the midst of your Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For more Prayer Resources click here.

 

 

 

 

Join the Disciples of Hope new Prayer Chain.   

Do you or does someone you love need prayers?

Will you help lift others in prayer?

Join the Disciples of Hope and Courageously Live the Gospel by praying for the living and the dead.  

To join or request a prayer send your email address and cellphone number to [email protected] or call (727) 460 – 9540.

 

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Forty Days of Lent

 

 

Pray the Stations of the Cross 

Commemorate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ by praying the Stations of the Cross using images of the beautiful stations from the private chapel in the seminarians’ residence at Mundelein Seminary. Click the link below to hear the prayers and readings as you reflect on each station.

https://usml.edu/digital-stations-of-the-cross-online/

         

 

 

Sign Up for Daily Reflection from the St. Petersburg Diocese

Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel, invite others into the life of the Church and encounter Jesus. This takes courage! The Diocese of St. Petersburg is providing a daily Scripture reflection to help you live this mission. The reflections examine the Scripture of the day, including a question to think about in relation to your own life and a prayer intention for the day. The reflections feature a variety of writers from around the Diocese of St. Petersburg – religious sisters, priests, deacons, the faithful, a monk from Saint Leo Abbey and Bishop Gregory Parkes.  

Sign up today!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER to receive reflections via email or text message. 

He is waiting for you.
Will you respond to his call?

Christ’s love for you is bursting forth. Embrace him and let his mercy pierce your heart during this Lenten season. Lenten connections from Formed.org.

Join us for a 40-day journey of welcoming his tender love, beginning with these short, daily videos from Scripture scholar Dr. Tim Gray. Live in Christ’s love and let him transform your life as you watch these awakening reflections during Lent 2020. Sign up to receive these reflections straight to your inbox every morning: https://formed.org/Lent

Click here for links to all Formed.org's Lenten Programs 

 

Easter Triduum

Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg (English & Spanish)

Live Church Cam
Live cam is on even when there isn’t Adoration.
Adoration Monday through Friday: 8am-7pm.  

Masses and Prayers Feed
Sunday Mass: 10:00 a.m. English | 5:00 p.m. Spanish
Daily Mass: Monday through Friday – 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
Saturday: 8:15 a.m.
Angelus and Rosary Daily: 12:00 p.m.

For Holy Week live streams, please see the links below:

Sunday, April 5 Palm Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 7 Chrism Mass: 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 9 Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 10 Passion of the Lord: 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord: 8:00 p.m.

 

St. Luke the Evangelist                             

Please note that although there will be no physical presence or participation of the faithful at the parish level, Fr. Paul will continue to conduct all the liturgies of Holy Week.

Blessed palms will be available outside both main entrances after 8:00 am on Palm Sunday.     

 

  

Message from Bishop Gregory Parkes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are living through a difficult time. Many of you have concerns about health, finances, family and even your faith. I know, from the depths of my heart, how difficult it is for you to be separated from the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith. That’s why I know it’s hard to imagine a Holy Week and an Easter celebration without going to Church and gathering for the celebration of Mass. Yet, this is the reality we are facing.

I have provided guidance to our priests on how to observe Holy Week and Easter during this time in which public Masses are suspended for the safety and well-being of our community. They will do what they can, in light of their constraints, to share this Holy Week and Easter with you.

It’s important to stay connected with your local parish by phone, through their website, social media sites, by email or app, to find out the latest information. They will inform you of opportunities that are available to experience these Holy Days with reverence, joy and prayer.

I encourage you and your family to view the Mass online – either your local parish celebration or – if that is not possible – the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle will live stream all of the Holy Week liturgies, including the Chrism Mass. Visit www.CatholicMassOnline.org to learn more about Mass schedules and other details.

The diocesan website, www.dosp.org/coronavirus/keepfaithalive offers suggestions for living the faith at home with your loved ones and ideas for celebrating Holy Week and Easter at home.

I also have a special message for those of you who have been preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. I have granted permission to our pastors to delay the celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation to another time outside of the Easter Vigil.  May you keep close to Christ during this time of preparation and trust that God’s plan for you will be fulfilled!

I commit to keeping all of you informed as updates develop. Please know that you are all in my prayers each day. In your kindness, I also humbly ask for your prayers.

May God bless you.

Bishop Gregory Parkes

Message from Father Paul

My dear parish family of St. Luke,                            

Greetings and prayers. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Everyday I celebrate the Holy Mass for you and with you. Though you are not physically here, I do feel your presence and your prayers. I definitely miss you.

" I"ll be home for Christmas''. We hear it sung so many times before Christmas. But this is coming true at this Easter.  All of us will be in our own homes at this Easter. This is history for all of us, our Church and our world. Though Easter is the most sacred and solemn of all feasts, this year the celebration is going to be totally dependent on you. The cornerstone of our faith, celebrated once a year solemnly and publicly, is going to be very private. But also keep in mind that we celebrate Easter every time we gather to celebrate the Holy Mass and other related liturgical celebrations. Will you celebrate Easter this year ? Yes, in deed, even if you are alone. The risen Christ will be with you and for you.

We can certainly say that we are at this moment in some ways experiencing His passion. Our Good Friday is very long and may last for weeks. All are hurt in many ways. Our freedom of movement is restricted. Our social, cultural and physical activities are off the calendar. Most of the small businesses are shut down. People have lost their jobs. The little savings they held on will not be enough to carry on. Markets have shown different trends on different days. Being together in the confines of our homes with all present all the time may be causing some unwanted frictions. The sick, the elderly and their caregivers are very stressed. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are in the front lines of the war on Covid 19. They have the most dangerous line of service at this time. Parents who have to keep their young children fit in all the ways of their development all by themselves also have challenges. Physical distance from loved ones because of travel restrictions may be a cross for some. So all of us are in multiple ways carrying the crosses and are part of the suffering and death of Christ. But we rejoice, for as St. Paul wrote " if we have died with Christ, we believe that we are also to live with him. Rom.6:8
 
Our incorporation into the death and resurrection of Christ is brought through our baptism. Easter highlights this sacrament of Baptism as all of us at all the Masses celebrated all over the world renew our baptismal promises. Recall the triple roles of priest, prophet and king given to the followers of  
Jesus. This was the same mission Jesus was sent to fulfill. This year all of us have an intense awareness of this mission as we celebrate Easter in our own homes. This is the new life of Easter we are called to live. "Through Baptism into his death, we were buried with , so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life." Rom 6:4
 
Confined within the walls of your homes you will celebrate Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Please participate in all these celebrations via livestream from our Diocese, EWTN , Catholic TV, WordonFire, etc. The websites are separately mentioned. Your Parish is not in a position to livestream the quality celebrations like these sites because of the lack of professional technology. But one day we will have them. In the meantime I will be celebrating all of them for you and with you in spirit but without your physical presence. This is the heavy cross I have to carry. As you gather for these celebrations become active participants by responding to prayers, standing, sitting, listening to the prayers and readings etc. Do a spiritual communion at the time of Holy Communion. Here is the prayer of Pope Francis for Spiritual communion.
 
I prostrate myself at your feet, O my Jesus, and I offer to you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abases itself in its nothingness in your presence. I adore you in the sacrament of your Love: I desire to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers You. While waiting for the happiness of a Sacramental Communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, that I may come to you. May your love inflame my whole being, in life and in death. I believe in You, I hope in You, I love You. Amen
 
Please follow the Chrism Mass on our Diocesan  livestream. www.dosp.org/livestram/ at 11.30 am on April 7th.
 
On Palm Sunday at 8 am blessed Palms will be kept at outside both main entrances. You can go into the Church only from the west side or the Office side. 
 
Please know I also use this time as an opportunity to renew my commitment to serve you and to pray for you. I tried to reach out to you in many possible ways. Your kindness. generosity and sacrificial spirit for the good of the Church will keep the doors of your parish open through this difficult times. If you are in a position to make a contribution, please mail your check to the office address. 2757 Alderman Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. We will overcome this difficult time by our love, service and sacrifice for one another. Wish each and every one of you the Joy and Peace of Easter.
 
May the Risen Lord fill your hearts with His love, peace and heavenly desires.
 
Fr. Paul Kochu 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

As we face challenges and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are leaning more on our faith and trusting in the Lord Jesus to be our protection and guide. While we are separated by quarantines, self-isolation and social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that, united in Christ, we are never alone. To help all of the faithful remain rooted in faith during this time click here for the LATEST UPDATES FROM THE DIOCESE or on any of the resource links in blue.

From Bishop Parkes

Bishop Parkes and his executive staff are monitoring communications from the CDC. They are prepared to take additional steps, if necessary, to protect the health and safety of parishioners, employees and students.

March 13, 2020 – Bishop Parkes Issues Dispensation from Mass Attendance and Encouages the Faithful to Pray for Courage and Strength during this time.

March 11, 2020 – Bishop Parkes Issues New Temporary Directives in Response to Coronavirus Concerns

March 2, 2020 – Diocese of St. Petersburg Issues a Faithful Response to Coronavirus 

The Mass

Bishop Gregory Parkes has dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass:

  • All who are sick and those who are caring for them
  • Those who because of age or infirmity are at greater risk for contracting diseases
  • Those have been exposed to the coronavirus because of travel or other circumstances. 

This dispensation is valid for as long as any of the above-referenced conditions continue.  

Further, to protect public health and calm fears, Bishop Parkes has also dispensed all the Catholic Faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during the month of March.  This dispensation will allow any who are concerned to stay home and avoid public gatherings in cooperation with civil officials.

To view options for listening to or viewing the Mass online or on the air, click here

Schools

March 17, 2020 – Catholic Schools Change Spring Break Dates

March 13, 2020 – Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Schools will be Closed March 16-20

March 12, 2020 – Saint Leo University to Move Classes Online to Avoid Spread of COVID19

March 12, 2020 – Bishop Larkin Catholic School in Port Richey is Closed March 12 and 13 Over Coronavirus Concerns  

Faith Formation, Ministry with Families and Youth

March 13, 2020 – Information for Pastors and the Community

Resources are available for parish and school leaders from the Strong Catholic Family Faith website. Resources for Breaking Open the Word, talking with children about the coronavirus, a faith response to the coronavirus, curated faith formation resources and so much more to share with families at:  www.catholicfamilyfaith.org.

The Diocese is recommending all parishes take advantage of FORMED.org. This program is offered for free to all St. Luke parishioners!  Refer to the parish website for complete details.

Catholic Charities

March 16, 2020 – Catholic Charities ‘United in Christ’: Response to the Corona Virus

Event Cancellations

Many events are being cancelled at this time. Please check with your parish/school.

March 17, 2020 – All LPMI gathered events (classes, Theological Reflection, Year 3 Conflict Resolution Workshop ) are cancelled through the end of March.

March 17, 2020 – SEPI Escuela de Ministerios, Nivel I on March 28-29, 2020 Cancelled

March 17, 2020 – Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshops – POSTPONED

March 13, 2020 – 3rd Annual Hispanic Men’s Conference Cancelled

Prayer

Prayer is an important way for Catholics to respond to any crisis as we express our dependence on God. 

Prayer Resources

March 13, 2020 – Pope Francis offers prayer to Virgin Mary for protection during the coronavirus emergency 

March 13, 2020 – USCCB President’s Reflection and Prayer During Coronavirus

Resources for Families and Individuals

For Kids

  • Tiny Saints has published free printable activity sheets for families and children who are missing Mass, school and might be stuck at home. In a Facebook post, Tiny Saints wrote that its reasoning behind the move “is to help us all find a reason to smile and stay focused on Jesus, even when we might be tempted to worry.” As of now, the company only has one free printable, but it plans to have more available soon.
  • Catholic Sprouts: Catholic mom Nancy offers a mix of prayer, saint stories, Scripture, and daily living designed for kids and young families. https://catholicsprouts.com/Getting-Started
  • My Catholic Kids My Catholic Kids is offering free access to their children’s video library during this time of national emergency. These videos help young children understand and engage with the Mass. 
  • Saint Stories for Kids: Chantal Baros recreates saint stories, told in an engaging style and intermixed with sound effects for kids. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/saint-stories-for-kids/id1448514363
  • Good News Book Shop, based in South Florida, provides clean reads and faith-filled books that will inspire youth to read more, laugh more, learn more, and grow in their faith and relationship with God each day. https://goodnewsbookshop.com/

For Teens and Twenty-Somethings

For Families

52 Sundays is a dynamic guide for families to keep the Lord’s Day holy, including family prayer activities, devotions and meals.  The guide is intended to augment Sunday Mass participation, but is also a great resource for families unable to attend Mass. Printed copies of the 52 Sundays guidebook are sold out, but families can sign up for email updates and download a free digital guide here. (Archdiocese of Detroit)

For Adults of All Ages

Free Prayer and Mass Texts for March and April: View Give Us This Day online at no charge for March and April. This resource includes brief daily Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, inspirational lives of saints, daily Mass texts, and reflections. Click here to read the issue online or download it to your computer. Also, in light of the fact that many are unable to attend Mass, Magnificat is offering complimentary access to the online version of its prayer book. Magnificat includes the daily liturgy, saint of the day, spiritual reflections and prayers. 

Nextstep is a fairly new Catholic discipleship guide that helps you grow in your faith.  Currently, their program of steps is totally free. Each step is designed to be finished in two weeks or less.

Praying and Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel: To view a “Question of the Week” that centers on the Sunday Gospel for youth, young adults and families, click here.

Helpful Links

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Florida Department of Health
Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet: English | Spanish
CDC Connects and Prepares Communities

 

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Special Reminders

At this time all Masses, penance service, social events and ministry gatherings are suspended at the direction of the Bishop. 

Get Connected to Our Catholic Faith through New Programs and Technology

 

 

2020 - A new year and new technology for St. Luke Parishioners

Click here to see all the new ways to "connect"

Discover FORMED.ORG

FORMED.ORG. FORMED is Catholic faith “On-Demand” with thousands of movies, video programs, audios and e-books to help the parish grow in faith and it is FREE to ALL members of the parish!

It offers the opportunity to learn and enjoy your Catholic faith at home or on the go, from any device: web browser, phone apps, iOs, Android, TVOS, Roku, Amazon Fire, Tizen and Android TV.

Registering is easy! No parish code & no password to remember but if you do have a problem registering we have volunteers on hand to help!

  1. Visit FORMED.org
  2. Click Sign UP
  3. Select “I Belong to a Parish or Organization.”                  
  4. Find St.Luke by parish name, address or zip code          
  5. Enter your name and email address and you’re in!
  6. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED.

 

 

Click this link for instructional videos on how to set up any device.

 

 

 

Explore the exciting content below!

   

FORMED Trailer Video from Augustine Institute on Vimeo.

 

Symbolon Trailer from Augustine Institute on Vimeo.

 

 

Symbolon Overview: How It Works from Augustine Institute Studios on Vimeo.

 

 

Formed.org Book Club - A Courageously Living The Gospel Initiative

 

During this time of social distancing, why not consider looking over the list of e-books on the Formed.org website and and get a jump on the books you'd like to read and/or recommend for our new St. Luke’s Book Club. For more information about this new exciting ministry, contact Denise Mercado at (910) 987-3809 or email at [email protected]

 

New Parishioners' Welcome Event

The January 29th reception to welcome new parishioners to the St. Luke family was a great opportunity to meet others, discover ministry opportunities and get connected via the new parish website, app and Formed.org.   Next Welcome Event scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 2020. POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... Stay tuned for more information & stay well.

Click here to see more photos   

 

 

Youth Group Ministry

 Purpose or Mission: To challenge the youth of the parish to support the Church’s mission to “Love God, Love Our Neighbor and Make Disciples,” by Courageously Living the Gospel every day.

We invite the youth, their family and friends to encounter Jesus through Scripture, Sacraments and the parish community while having fun and enjoying fellowship.

Requirements: Most activities are age specific with particular grades in mind: elementary focus is 3rd, 4th and 5th grade; middle school 6th, 7th and 8th. Our high school age students are welcome to help be role models and buddy up with a younger friend during combined events.

Recent social events have included everything from Glow in the Dark Dodge Ball, arts and crafts, to free movie passes and Tampa Bay Rays baseball tickets, roller skating party, and Trick or Treating visits to nursing home residents. 

We need more kids, more parents and more parish volunteers!     Click here to see photos of all the fun!

Time Commitment: Varies with activity but making the time to hang out with like minded friends is always worthwhile.

Meeting Times: Check the bulletin, meeting time is usually 12:30 -2:00 pm on Sundays. SUSPENDED until further notice.

3rd grade and up including high school and college students of the parish to mentor and join in the fun! 

Meet at the St. Clare Building for Faith, Food , Friends and Fun.

What are you looking for in terms of this ministry? What would you like your children to do? What are your children asking to do? What comments are suggestions do you have?

Call or text  Janiceann Gaide-OLoughlin

813-230-6412

[email protected] alderman.org

LifeTeen.com for Catholic Youth

EXPLORE Life TEEN Click Here!

Altar Servers & Children's Choir

 "Three Steps Closer To God"

The Altar Server Ministry is a very special group of young people in our parish who have answered God's call to ministry. As an Altar Server, you are one of the liturgical ministers with an important role during the Mass or during other liturgical services. It is a privilege to assist the priest at the altar and help the church community worship in the best possible way.

Altar Servers must have a strong desire to serve, they must have made their First Holy Communion, be in the 4th-12th grade, members of St. Luke parish and attend Mass regularly.

Training is provided. For more information on dates, times and sign up procedures contact Claudia Useche [email protected] or [email protected] or contact the church office to leave a message for Deacon Mike. Servers are needed for weekend Masses.  


A recent Mass was especially joyful thanks to the added voices of the Children's Choir. Special thanks to Bruno for preparing the children & Fr. Matt and Deacon Mike for blessing this new and important ministry.

Children's Choir rehearsals are currently taking place for an 11:30 am Mass in February.

Do you have children or grandchildren who love to sing? If so, consider having them join the Children's Choir.

Please see our Music Director Bruno Soldo, or call the parish office for more details.

NO CHOIR PRACTICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

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