Welcome!

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.

        

      

 

Starting clockwise top left:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share the good news:

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church is now recording Sunday Mass click here!

 

A special note of thanks to St. Luke Music Director Bruno Soldo and the Plaza family for volunteering their time and talents so our parish could share in the celebration of Mass with Fr. Paul. The Plaza's and their sons offered their professional photography services to record, edit and upload the video on YouTube. 

 

 

 

 

Current Mass Times

Effective 5-23 & 24, 2020 

Daily Mass 8:00 am Monday - Saturday

Saturday Vigil Mass 4:00 pm

Sunday Masses 8:00 am & 10:00 

St. Luke will be observing the following Covid-19 safeguards recommended by the Diocese:

  • Only the two main doors on the east and west side of the Church will be open
  • Please bring personal hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
  • Seating must be observed keeping the 6 foot distance rule.
  • No shaking hands, etc.
  • No physical collections, Offering Baskets will be located at different places in the Church.
  • There will be limited music. No choir, no books or hymnals.
  • Those who are ill, elderly or have underlying health concerns regardless of age are urged to stay home. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is in effect and will be until further notice. Mass will still be recorded and available to watch on line.

 

 

 

 

Mass Times & Reconciliation

Special Announcement from Bishop Parkes about the Diocese resuming weekend Masses with the congregation present.  To hear Bishop Parke's remarks on YouTube Click here. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Sunday is the Lord’s Day, but for over two months, we have been observing this holy day at home to be safe and to protect human life, especially the most vulnerable among us.

After prayer and consultation with government and public health officials and our priests, I have decided to grant permission to pastors throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg, at their discretion, to resume the public celebration of Sunday Masses as early as the weekend of May 30-31, 2020.

We are called to be good stewards of our health and to take practical steps to avoid spreading illness. Therefore, restrictions will be in place since we are still in the midst of a pandemic. For now, we will need to limit the number of people at church for social distancing and to continue the practice of frequent sanitizing.

However, since the risk of coming into contact with coronavirus remains, individuals and families should take personal responsibility to protect themselves.

Please know that all Catholics remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Therefore, if you are at greater risk due to age, illness, or other health conditions, please do not come to Mass. For those who are able to attend Mass, I urge you to follow CDC guidelines and parish procedures. Also, let us show charity, patience and kindness as processes and plans are developed.

Pastors and parish staff may face challenges because of the health and/or age of priests, deacons, staff members and volunteers. This means that every parish may do things a little differently and some parishes might require additional time to safely resume Sunday Masses with the public.

May 30th and 31st will indeed be days to rejoice! Not only will public Masses on Sunday resume, but we also celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and graced them with gifts to courageously live the Gospel.

This same Spirit lives in us! We have been given the gifts of fortitude, wisdom and understanding. Let us rely on the Spirit for guidance and knowledge.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

May God bless and protect you and your loved ones!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes
Bishop of St. Petersburg

 

St. Luke will offer daily Mass Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am and will resume the celebration of weekend Masses beginning the weekend of May 23 & 24, 2020.   

Mass Times:

Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 am 

Monday - Saturday  8:00 am - 12 noon - 8:00 am weekday Mass

Saturday Vigil Mass 4:00 pm

Parishioner Guidelines for preparing to return to public Masses click here for both English or Spanish.

View Sunday Mass at our parish on YouTube click here!

 

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.  click here.

Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg (English & Spanish) Click on the underlined links for a direct connection.

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.

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 posses 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. Amen.

OR

An Act of Spiritual Communion By St. Alphonsus de Ligouri:

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace
You as if You were already there and unite myself
wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated
from 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

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

 

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.

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.

 

 

Daily Scripture Reading

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Parish Bulletin


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  • Sun, May 24th

Your Support is Needed

 

Note from Fr. Paul:

A special word for gratitude for our faithful office volunteers. Their generous service has substantially reduced our parish payroll over the years. I am grateful to each and everyone of them, as I am for you. I  appreciate your ongoing dedication to the parish and your contributions. 

Admittedly, it is very difficult financial time for individuals, families, our Church and the country as a whole. With your continued prayers and support we will keep our doors open in the coming months. 

If moved to make a contribution for your church, you may drop your check by the office 8:30 am to 12 noon, sign up for on line giving or mail your envelope to:

2757 Alderman Road,
 Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Fr. Paul Kochu

https://stlukepalmharbor.weshareonline.org/

 

Re- Registration

Re-registration! We are in the process of updating our records. Please complete the registration form and drop it by the parish office. Click here to download a copy or find the form in the current bulletin.

Message from Fr. Paul

4 May 2020

TO: ALL THE PARISHIONERS OF ST. LUKE CATHOLIC CHURCH

FROM: FATHER PAUL KOCHU

There is a scam going on in my name, Father Paul Kochu, asking you to

send gift cards, money, or for you to respond to their communication.

This is a scam. Do not respond in any way. I never asked for anything like

this in the past nor will I ever ask in the future.  Please, again, do not

respond to such a request. Know that you are in my thoughts and

prayers and May God bless you.

 

Father Paul

 

  

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.

 

Keeping Faith Alive - Quarantine Survival Kit

Keeping Faith Alive

This is an unprecedented time in our modern world, and it can be scary and lonely. We can easily become overwhelmed with anxiety and lose hope. BUT THERE’S GOOD NEWS: Your Catholic Church family is still here and still ready to help you connect to God, the Church, and your youth ministry family. Scroll to the bottom to check out all the links!

Watch Bishop Parkes’ words of encouragement to young people, and click the link below to get connected!

 Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry   >   Keeping Faith Alive – Quarantine Survival Kit

 

Donate with WeShare.

                

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.

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Special Reminders

 

Virtual Events click on the underlined links!

View Sunday Mass at our parish on YouTube click here!

 

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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