A Pastoral Response to Pornography

The Bishops of the United States have released a very helpful document on the problem of pornography called Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.  It is an excellent document on the dangers of pornography and includes practical tools to help those who are struggling with this.  The following websites also includes many helpful resources for those struggling with pornography: www.foryourmarriage.org/help-for-men-and-women-struggling-with-pornography-use-or-addiction and theporneffect.com

Penance Service Time Change*

Please note that the time for our Advent parish penance service on Tuesday, December 1st has changed to 7:00pm.  We will have several priests available to hear confessions in English and Spanish.

Dinner & Doctrine

Our next Dinner & Doctrine will be Wednesday, December 2nd. Fr. Neil will be speaking to us about the Sacrament of Confession. Our Hispanic Community will be hosting our meal and parishioners are asked to bring a side, salad, or dessert. Babysitting will be provided for our younger children. For our full list of topics and speakers, click here.

Thanks for Supporting Our Troops!

IMG_20151111_193641695Thanks to all of you who participated in our last parish service project. We were able to fill six large boxes to send to service members deployed overseas! Your generous donations and giving of your time will certainly be appreciated by our troops. Thank you again for your support in this project.

Our Angel Tree Is Up!

Angel TreeOur annual Angel Tree is up next to the cry room and it’s full of angels. Please consider taking one or more angels to help make Christmas a bit brighter for some of our parish families in need. This weekend is a great time to pick a child from the tree so that you can take advantage of the great Black Friday sales when shopping for the child you’ve chosen. Please return your gifts by December 13th. 

Christmas Flower Offering Envelopes

christmas_flowersThe annual Christmas Flower offering envelopes are available at all exits of the church. In order to be able to print your loved ones’ names in the Christmas bulletin, we have to have the envelopes turned in by Sunday, December 6th, this year.

Financial Statements

Dear St. Luke Parish Family,

Each year I publish our parish financial data for the previous fiscal year which runs from July 1 to June 30.  I normally present these results in a more formal annual report.  Since, however, we retired all our remaining debt on our rectory and parish center after June 30, I felt that an annual report covering the previous fiscal year would not be an accurate reflection of our current financial position. Nonetheless, I am publishing our financial data for the previous fiscal year here on our website. You can view our Income and Expense Statement and our Balance Sheet here. Please note that our balance sheet, in particular, looks significantly different at present since we no longer have any debt and are continuing to build up our capital reserves through the completion of our capital campaign.

I want to take an opportunity to thank all of you, once again, for your support of St. Luke’s.  The fact that we were able to retire our debt so quickly while still maintaining a consistent level of giving to our general offertory is such a wonderful testament to your generosity and your love for our parish, and I am extremely grateful for that.  If you have any questions or comments regarding our financial statements please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Neil