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.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am Morning Mass
9:15 am Choir Mass
11:30 am Children's Mass
4:30 pm Spanish Mass
Adoration following the Spanish Mass the last Sunday of the month
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am
Wednesday: Novena, Adoration & Benediction following morning Mass
First Friday of each month: 11:00 am Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick
Rosary recitation: 7:35 am prior to the weekday Mass & 3:30 pm before the Saturday Mass Vigil
Saturday: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm or by appointment
Spanish community Sunday: 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Holy Day of Obligation Thursday, August 15, 2019
Starting clockwise top left:
Pastor: Fr. Paul Kochu, Assisting Priests: Fr. Matteo Rizzo, Fr. Kevin Tortorelli and Fr. Jesus Martinez
The Donate Button is a new feature designed to provide a safe, secure and convenient way for St. Luke parishioners to make online donations. Look for more information on the website and in the bulletin for the official activation date.
The construction of the new Community Hall is well underway but continued support is needed.
The floor plan below shows a gathering hall that can accommodate up to 300 people. The hall will have a full kitchen, restroom facilities, storage and two conference rooms equipped with state-of-the art audio visual equipment. It will provide much needed meeting space and will be a building we can all be proud of!
In the meantime, work continues and costs increase. Fortunately thanks to Fr. Paul's fiscal management and cost-containment programs, many repairs and improvements have been undertaken during his tenure and completed without the need of a formal pledge drive. However given the age of the parish, we can not afford to impact the operating reserves needed for day-to-day expenses. This fact has delayed the Community Hall's completion date but only for the short term, provided we have everyone's support.
How do we help without a formal pledge drive?
The plan is simple, it calls for each of us to prayerfully consider what portion of our household income we can consistently offer, weekly, monthly or as an annual gift and be faithful to it. Our added gifts to APA and to St. Luke's Building Fund are also important commitments, in that our contributions help ensure the goals of the Diocese and parish.
The good news is contributions to the building fund will not be assessed for tithing by the Diocese, as the Bishop has granted a temporary exemption. All monies earmarked for the building fund will be utilized by St. Luke and will not increase next year's APA assessment for the parish!
Also for those who have inquired, the continuing renovations in the church and the construction of the new building offers an excellent opportunity for people to name selected portions of the Community Hall, Ministry Building, St. Clare, the Church building and some of the Hall’s equipment as a remembrance for a loved one or as a lasting testament.
The names of donors will be listed on a plaque in each location as well as appearing on a consolidated plaque in the Church building. In Church publications these room names will be used in identifying the location of events (e.g. the Knights will be meeting in the Smith room at 7PM). Depending on which memorial is selected, donations and pledges can be made over several years.
If you are interested and would like more details see Fr. Paul or contact Steve Putnam at 727-758-0979 or email him at [email protected]
Estimado Recién LLegado(a),
Si usted está buscando una nueva Parroquia, es un visitante de temporada que se nos une por un breve período de tiempo, está volviendo a la práctica de su Fe Católica, o sencillamente está interesado(a) en conocer más sober la Iglesia Católica; nos alegra tenerlo(a) en San Lucas el Evangelista.
Todos son bienvenidos e invitados a registrarse en nuestra Parroquia.
* ¡El registrarse me permite a mí como Pastor, y al personal parroquial, el conocerle a usted mejor, darle la bienvenida y atenderle!
* Esto es especialmente importante durante tiempo de crisis, de manera que podamos ayudarle en sus necesidades espirituales y necesidades de su familia.
* Finalmente, al registrarse como miembro de San Lucas el Evangelista, usted expresa su intención de poner su Fe en acción y unírsenos, según nosotros respondemos el llamado de Cristo para "Amar a Dios, Amar a Nuestro Prójimo, y Hacer Discípulos".
Según usted complete la forma de registro adjunta, favor notar que usted has sido llamado(a) a San Lucas el Evangelista y que yo he estado orando por usted.
Atentamente en Cristo,
Padre Paul Kochu, Pastor
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.
We need more kids, more parents and more parish volunteers!
Time Commitment: Varies with activity but making the time to hang out with likeminded friends is always worthwhile.
Meeting Times: We offer flexible meeting times and dates to accommodate the various age groups.
Contact: Janiceann Gaide-OLoughlin
[email protected] alderman.org
* Sunday August 4th 11:30am-2:00pm Middle School and Up
* Sunday August 11th 11:30am-2:00pm 3rd to fifth grade
* Sunday August 18th 11:30am-2:00pm 3rd grade and up.
Contact [email protected] or call /text 813-230-6412 for details
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Friday Movie Night at St. Luke in St. Clare Building
Come and watch a free movie in St. Clare. Snacks and drinks provided. Interested in coming? Text Janice at 813 230 6412 ahead of time to reserve your “movie ticket". Deadline is the morning of before noon. If there are a lack of responses movie may be canceled. Janice will respond back to your text to advise that the event was canceled.
Click the "At the Movies" icon for more information and future dates.
Purpose or Mission: To drive registered parishioners to doctor appointments, physical therapy, grocery shopping, prescription pick-up and First Friday Healing Masses at the parish.
Requirements: Good driving record, adequate insurance coverage, ability to pay for own gas and car expense, as there is not reimbursement form the parish. Must also complete Diocesan online training course on Ministering to Seniors and the Homebound.
Time Commitment: Whatever amount of time you are willing to drive to help a fellow parishioner in need.
Meeting Times: Daily, weekly, monthly or as determined by request.
Contact: Carol Watt via parish cell phone 727-945-3037
Let us pray that we will make stewardship a way of life with God by sharing His blessings through our faith, hope and love - time, talent and treasure.
As we plan the things in our lives that are most important to us:
Help us to put our faith into action
Help us to share our time to serve those in need.
Help us to become less preoccupied with material possessions.
Help us to share our treasures to do Your work.
Help us to serve our Church, our community and our world.
Fill our minds with Your truth and our hearts with Your love, so that we may bond together as a community of faith, a parish family, a caring people.
We do this, O Lord, as a sign of our love and in thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received, through Christ our Lord.
If not us, who?
If not here, where?
If not now, when?
If not the Kingdom, why?
Let's us all be Good Stewards of our time, talents and treasure.