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
Monday, December 9th, Solemnity of Immaculate Conception Masses 8:00am, 4:00pm and 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve Masses 4:00pm and 11:00pm
Wednesday, December 25th Christmas Day Masses 8:30am and 11:30am
Tuesday, December 31st, New Year's Eve, Masses 4:00pm and 11:00pm
Wednesday, January 1st, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 8:30am and 11:30am
Sacrificial offerings will be taken up at all Masses
Saturdays 2:30pm to 3:45pm and
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 17, 18, 19, and 20th from 4pm to 7pm (please arrive before 6:30pm on these dates)
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. For more information click on the red WeShare donate button.
Thanks to all who planned, hosted and attended the November 10th reception to mark the 45th anniversary of Fr. Paul's ordination and celebrate his birthday!
The St. Petersburg Diocese has awarded the St. Jude the Apostle Medal to Elaine Feldhausen for her years of generous service to our parish community.
Please join us in congratulating Elaine on this much deserved honor.
Bishop Gregory Parkes will honor and thank parish representatives for distinguished and outstanding service to their church and community by presenting them the St. Jude the Apostle Medal Award on November 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. The prayer service will be live video streamed.
“To you who receive the St. Jude the Apostle Award, you are courageously living the Gospel,” said Bishop Parkes during the 2018 Awards Ceremony and Prayer Service. “In many cases you are stepping out of your comfort zone and you are giving time, that perhaps you don’t have in your life, to serve God and to serve others. It takes courage and trust to be able to do that.”
“I thank you for putting forth your gifts and talents to serve others,” Bishop Parkes added.
The St. Jude the Apostle Medal was commissioned by the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1999 at the request of Bishop Robert N. Lynch. This medal acknowledges the great gift of the Church, its people, exemplified in these individuals who in their generosity and love of their faith have greatly contributed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their parish. The honorees come from all walks of life and serve in various ministries such as food pantries, financial assistance programs, outreach to the sick and homebound and many other volunteer positions at local churches.
A member of the St. Luke parish family since 1991, Elaine and her late husband have always been active in the parish community. Currently serving as an Extraordinary Minister, Elaine also participates in Bible Study, helps with bereavement luncheons, parish receptions, is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, and serves as one of the officers. Elaine also works behind the scenes with other volunteers in the parish office. She regularly makes time to help answer telephones, order office supplies, count Sunday offerings and update parish record keeping. Elaine has been generously volunteering her "time and talents" two plus days a week for the past nine years! It's no wonder she was nominated and awarded the St. Jude the Apostle Medal for her service to our parish. Be sure to congratulate Elaine when you see her.
The parish would like to thank Carol Watt for her years of service coordinating the Driving Ministry for the parish. Ms. Pat Finn, graciously agreed to serve as leader for this much needed ministry but could use additional help. You can contact Pat via the parish cell phone at 727-945-3037.
Volunteer drivers are always needed to drive registered parishioners to doctor appointments, physical therapy, grocery shopping, prescription pick-up and First Friday Healing Masses. Click here for more information.
Our Mission Statement:
“To encourage and enlist all Parishioners of St. Luke The Evangelist Catholic Church to use their time, talents, or treasures to perform works of mercy; feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick, as well as, the Spiritual work of mercy of praying for the living and the dead.”
We are all called to be Disciples and this is your opportunity to show your faith through works. God understands that we can’t all donate 2 hours a week, or $100 a month, but if everyone in this Parish gave just $1.00 dollar for each of the projects below, or donate just 15 minutes of time a few times a year imagine what we could do! What a tremendous show of Discipleship we will make. If you do feel called to do more we will have many opportunities throughout the year for you to participate. You can be involved as much or as little as you desire.
We have two projects scheduled over the next 4 months which calls all of us to discipleship in serving our Lord and others. With both of these projects, we will need many helpers and support.
• F.E.A.S.T. Food Drive: Throughout the entire month of November we will be collecting non-perishable not expired food, paper products, toiletries, baby products, and pet food to help stock the shelves of Palm Harbors’ local food bank. Besides this collection in November, we will have another collection for F.E.A.S.T.during Lent in March 2020. We will donations and help delivering food to the F.E.A.S.T. site.
• Pinellas Hope Lunch: On December 18th and again on January 15th we provide 200 lunches for the homeless. These lunches will be prepared here at St. Luke's. The lunch will consist of a sandwich, fruit or veggies, homemade cookies or chips, and water. We will need help assembling and delivering the lunches for Pinellas Hope these mornings. We are also invited to serve the lunch if desired.
Remember, you can play an important part in helping those in need and serving our Lord.
To join this new ministry, to volunteer to help, or for more information please contact
JoAnn DeFrancesco 727/733-1013
Kathy Waldron 727/667-6087
Kathy Haertel 727/785-7544
Marie Cardone 727/781-7281
Or e-mail [email protected]
God Bless You. Please pray for our Church and our new Ministry.
Knights of Columbus
Purpose or Mission: We are a fraternal organization of Catholic gentlemen dedicated to the concepts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The St. Luke Council #12196 through its fund raising and service projects contributes not only to the parish but surrounding community of Palm Harbor as well.
Requirements: The Knights of Columbus is open to all interested Catholic men 18 years of age and older.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours a month in addition to helping at special events.
Meeting Times: Council meetings: Are held in the St. Luke Ministry Building Assembly Room
(Check the Parish Bulletin)
Business Meetings: First Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm.
Officer’s Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm.
Fourth Degree Assembly: Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.
Contact: Grand Knight for 2018-19 is Mike Brenton 727-787-8735 or Knights [email protected]
If you are interested in joining the Knights or would like to transfer your membership to the St. Luke council, you can contact Mike Gaspar, the Membership Director, by phone at 757-450-5549, or by email 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
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.
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
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.
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.
11:30 am Mass this past Sunday was especially joyful thanks to the added voices of the Children's Choir. A special thanks to Bruno for preparing the children and Fr. Matt and Deacon Mike for blessing this new and important ministry.
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.
Friday Movie Night at St. Luke in St. Clare Building
Come and watch a free movie in St. Clare. Interested in coming? Text Janice at 813 230 6412 ahead of time to reserve your “movie ticket". Make this a night to gather as a parish family to learn more about God in a relaxed and fun way.
December 20th Animated Children's Cartoon
December 13th Young Adult & Adult
Doors open at 7:00 pm to socialize and play games. Bring a snack to share.