Several times during year, we mark significant moments — both happy
and sad — in the lives of our parishioners by observing a special theme
within the context of one of our weekend liturgies. Planned and
presented by our Parish Liturgy Commission, the celebrations are
followed by a reception in our Community Room. Families and
friends, of course, are always encouraged to attend. Using the
approximate times given below as a guide, check our
News and Events Page for
information on any upcoming celebrations.
Bereavement Mass (a Saturday evening in late October or early
November) — Each year, near the twin Feasts of All Saints and All
Souls, we gather to remember our family members who have died during the
past year. Our remembrance includes those whose funerals were
celebrated here at Saint Luke and other members of our parishioners'
families, to the extent that we have been informed of their passing.
Our parish "Book of Remembrance" is also made available so that
parishioners may inscribe the names of their deceased loved ones to be
remembered in our parish prayer during the month of November.
New Life Mass (a Sunday morning in
mid-January) — With the beginning of each new year, we take time to
rejoice with our families who have brought the gift of New Life into the
world by the birth or adoption of children and celebrated new spiritual
life in baptism during the previous year. Our celebration also
affirms the pivotal and irreplaceable responsibility that parents have
as the first teachers of their children in a life of faith, prayer and
good works. Couples who are expecting a child at the time
of the Mass are also invited to participate; a special blessing will be
offered for them as well.
Sweethearts' Mass (a Saturday evening near
Valentine's Day) — The purpose of this celebration is twofold:
First, we pay tribute to couples who have exemplified the faithful
living of their marriage sacrament and who are now celebrating a major
wedding anniversary (10, 15, 20, 25 years and so on...). Second,
we ask God's blessing on our engaged couples that they may be
strengthened in the Christ-like love that will lead them to their
wedding day and sustain them for a long, happy and holy marriage.
Anointing Mass (celebrated on a Saturday
evening in January, April, July and October — date varies) — One of
the most beautiful gifts given to us by the Second Vatican Council is a
renewed understanding of and appreciation for the Sacrament of the
Anointing of the Sick. No longer referred to as "Extreme Unction,"
nor delayed until the very last moments of life, this Sacrament brings to
the sick the compassion of Christ the Divine Physician and the healing
power of God's love. We invite those who are seriously or
chronically ill and those who are about to undergo surgery to receive
this anointing in this quarterly (January, April, July, October) communal celebration.