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
5:00 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: after 5:00 pm Mass
Ash Wednesday Masses 8:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross every Friday during lent beginning 2-28-20
Don't forget to sign up for FORMED.ORG!
Consider serving as a Lector or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Explore the website for complete information or click on the underlined links.
Starting clockwise top left:
Pastor: Fr. Paul Kochu, Assisting Priests: Fr. Matteo Rizzo, Fr. Kevin Tortorelli and Fr. Jesus Martinez
In preparation of Ash Wednesday, please bring old palms to the the Church Office.
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.
2020 - A new year and new technology for St. Luke Parishioners
See information below under Courageously Living the Gospel for instructional videos and information on how to sign up for your free subscription to Formed.org
Another team of parish volunteers for Courageously Living the Gospel announces a parish wide initiative.
Our team of parish volunteers for Courageously Living the Gospel has been meeting for several months on our assigned task, Parish Goal #3: St. Luke the Evangelist parish will equip parishioners as Missionary Disciples who are inspired to invite and accompany others by Pentecost 2020.
Our Mission Statement
To assist our Pastor in equipping St. Luke parishioners with the knowledge and information needed to “put our faith in action” and evangelize within our parish and the community at-large by May 31, 2020 the feast of Pentecost. Special emphasis will be placed on reaching the youth of the parish, families, the elderly, homebound and the disabled.
To accomplish this we envisioned informational and educational platforms to better acquaint members of the parish with the concept of discipleship and evangelization. Currently there are thirty plus ministries featured on the parish website www.stlukealderman.org . Ministry events are also promoted in the bulletin, shared on Flocknote, and will be listed on our new parish app, but we wanted to do more.
With Fr. Paul’s approval we are pleased to announce a new evangelization tool for the parish called 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!
Explore the list of the books on the Formed.org website and select two books that you’d like to recommend to the new St. Luke’s Book Club. Bring your suggestions to our first Book Club meeting on
Friday, March 13, 2020
9:30am to 11:30am
Assembly Room at St. Luke’s Parish
Refreshments will be served!
We will select several books together for our monthly book club meetings. For more information about this new exciting ministry, contact Denise Mercado at (910) 987-3809 or email at [email protected].
The Donate Button is a new feature designed to provide a safe, secure and convenient way for St. Luke parishioners to make online donations. For more information click on the red WeShare donate button.
Thank you St. Luke Parishioners
We thank the 596 parishioners who through January 6, 2020 gave a total of $184,760 to the Annual Appeal (APA).
This tremendous effort allowed the parish to achieve 138% of our assessed goal and means St. Luke's assessment for 2020 will be $10,275 less.
The end result also means the parish has an additional $51,378 for future use in our Diocesan savings account.
Had we not surpassed this goal or not raised money for APA and merely contributed to the "General Collection," St. Luke's assessment would come out of our everyday operating funds.
However the most important aspect is that your individual efforts helped to support Catholic education, seminarians and care for the homeless.
In the coming weeks you will again be hearing about the St. Petersburg Diocese's Annual Appeal. Please take time to listen and to learn more click here.
Have you returned your APA pledge card?
Showered with Shamrocks
Annual Fashion Show
Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary of the K.O.C. Council 12196
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church
Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. - Lunch Served at 12:00 p.m. $20-
"LUCKY LUNCH" INCLUDES:
Mixed Greens Salad
Tuna Salad and Chicken Salad Croissants
Fresh Fruit - Dessert - Iced Tea
SO MANY WAYS TO WIN!
"No Blarney" Gift Basket Raffles
"Pot 'o Gold" 50/50 Share the Wealth
"McPlentiful" Door Prizes
"Magical Mega-Prize" Raffle: Hotel+Cruise Package Valued at $1,200!
TICKETS ON SALE AFTER ALL MASSES AT ST. LUKE'S
February 8-9 and 15-16
Space is limited. Purchase your tickets now! Invite your friends!
Clothing and accessories provided by SteinMart. Modeled by the lovely ladies of our Auxiliary.
Questions and Tickets:
Call Jean at 727.324.3379
St. Luke's Featured Ministries: Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
We are looking for volunteers for two of our ministries, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God during Mass with devotion and clarity. To serve you need the ability to read clearly and distinctly. the time commitment is about two hours, including the Mass and preparation.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are confirmed Catholics who assist our Priests in the distribution of Holy Communion at our weekend and weekday Masses. To serve you need a desire to share the Precious Body and Blood of Christ with reverence and respect.
If you are interested in serving in either of these ministries please contact Jean at 727-324-3379.
Thank you for your generosity! As a result of the donations during our "Lunch Money" drive the Disciples of Hope Ministry will be able to provide lunch to the 200 homeless living at Pinellas Hope once each month throughout 2020. The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447 tells us "giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God." We would like to thank all the Disciples who donated during the campaign.
For more information on the ministry or to sign up to help email [email protected] or call JoAnn at 727-733-1013.
Thank you! Thank you to all the parishioners of St. Luke the Evangelist for your generous donations to FEAST during November. A Grand total of 2,086 items were donated to help fill the shelves of this Palm Harbor food pantry to help our community. Mark your calendars...there will be another collection for FEAST during the entire month of March for Lent.
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.
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 likeminded friends is always worthwhile.
Meeting Times: Check the bulletin, meeting time is usually 12:30 -2:00 pm on Sundays. Meeting February 23rd.
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
[email protected] alderman.org
"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.
Men: Seize the opportunity, and bring others with you!
As you enter 2020, take the opportunity to learn from others and grow in virtue.
Stand with other men in the battle to reclaim our families and culture for the glory of God! Build stronger friendships by bringing other men with you to share in the experience!
Tampa Bay Men’s Conference
Who Do YOU Say That I Am?
Featuring Dr. Tim Gray and Peter Herbeck
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Higgins Hall at St Lawrence Catholic Church, Tampa
Tickets include lunch and free parking
Tickets are $40 per person with Father/Son combo tickets at two for $40
For tickets or more information visit SuncoastCatholicMinistries.com