September: Upcoming Opportunities and Events - ASP, Faith Formation, Stewardship, and more
September brings the start of many events and programs
here at St. Luke's!
We think you will find some of these opportunities very interesting.
We are so blessed to have such an energetic and faithful parish!
This weekend our new high school freshman built upon their community of faith and friendship with food, games, conversation, and prayer.
Free Conference This Weekend
At The College of the Holy Cross
If you have already registered for this conference, thank you. If you have not, please register today and bring a friend!
Pope Francis’ encyclical
Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home
was an international breakthrough in the complex discussion on environmental degradation.
This FREE conference brings together experts from various fields to discuss these issues and to increase awareness of Catholic social teaching on the environment.
This conference is ideal for parish leadership, catechetical volunteers and any one who wants to better understand the Church's teaching on the environment.
September 23, 2018
1:00 - 4:30 pm
College of the
Hogan Campus Center
1 College St., Worcester
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Embrace and Engage the Sunday Gospel Readings....
Consider joining a
SMALL REFLECTION GROUP
offered by St. Luke's Adult Ministry
In the Footsteps of Jesus
Fr. Joe Rice is leading a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 10 – 19, 2019
Have you ever considered a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Next March Fr. Joe will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and invites all of the St. Luke's community to join him on this extraordinary journey of faith. Say “YES” to this invitation to the most invaluable gift that you can ever give yourself - a pilgrimage to The Holy Land.
Last day to sign up is September 30th.
Flyers with details, itinerary, and registration forms are available in the church.
For more information, contact Fr. Joe.
Appalachia Service Project
is a mission project where local teens and young adults, along with adult group leaders, take time from their summer to help make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families struggling in conditions of poverty in one of the most profoundly poor regions of our country.
Our group had 141 volunteers, spread between the towns of Logan and Man in Logan County, West Virginia. After our volunteers returned from their trip in July, they shared stories and photos with the congregations at St. Luke's and First United Methodist Churches.
Every year, ASP chooses a theme to organize around and set the tone for the summer. This year, the theme was "
Called to Action
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
Enjoy the video below of ASP singing, "Here I Am, Lord"
We'd like to share with you some stories of how we did, how we felt, what we discovered, and what we experienced as a result of helping those in need:
"I think something people should know about Logan County, WV is that first off- it's BEAUTIFUL! Just standing in the Walmart parking lot is absolutely outstanding. Driving through the towns was breathtaking. I couldn't even believe it!
Not only were the sights beautiful though, but the people were.
Every single person I talked to down there, whether it be the ladies that worked in the kitchen to cook the meals or a random woman passing by who offered to take my picture,
EVERY SINGLE PERSON was so unbelievably kind.
It was such a pleasure getting to experience it all.
I was working at the house of a very kind man named Orlando. Unfortunately, he lived alone as his children weren't allowed to live with him, due to the severity of the house's damage, and his fiancé was unable to stay there as well. Meeting him for the first time, I could tell he was overwhelmed as we were three separate crews working on one single house with only one man. At the beginning of the week I made sure to put in the effort to get to know him as best I could with everything going on. His tentativeness slowly faded away and he and I were more comfortable speaking to each other every time we'd see each other. Since we left West Virginia, Orlando and I have exchanged messages over Facebook and we're working on staying in touch so we don't lose the bond we have created."
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"My crew worked for a couple named
Rose and Jimbo. From the beginning Jimbo was so talkative and involved. He was always quick to run into the other room and grab a tool from his collection to help us with the project. Every day, sometimes many times a day, he would run out with rocket popsicles to cool
us down. While it may have just seemed like a popsicle, he always made sure to be stocked up on them because it was his special way of showing us "southern hospitality." He always tried to use a Boston accent when he said the word "Boston."
When we left, he and Rose told us that they had never been to Massachusetts and all they knew of it was what they had seen on TV.
Thanks to us, they told us that Boston would forever be in their hearts as the place where "the kindest people in the entire world were from"
and Jimbo even said that as long as the Red Sox weren't playing his favorite team, he would cheer for them from now on.
On our way to Logan County, we stopped in northern West Virginia. While we sat on a curb outside of a Dunkin' Donuts, a man asked where we were headed. When we told him "Logan County" he looked shocked and said "there's nothing good in Logan County." That man could not have been more wrong.
The people there are beautiful, smart, and resilient. Most importantly they are just like us.
They want to succeed, provide for their children, put food on the table, and to just live. The only difference is the hand they were dealt."
Think you'd like to join
ASP or learn more about it?
2019 ASP Youth Team
Sunday, September 30
7:30 pm in St. Luke's Parish Hall
Our ASP youth team program is jointly
sponsored by St Luke's and FUMC,
and is open to all youth currently in 9th grade or older.
We also need caring adult group leaders to
enable them to serve safely and effectively.
Registration will open on September 30th.
The deadline for signups is October 14th.
For more information about Westborough ASP, visit our website:
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