St. Luke Catholic Church
from "A Journey of Faith" by Brenda Nettles Riojas
St. Luke Catholic Church was officially established on January 15, 1974, and the first mass was celebrated four days later at Homer Hanna High School. Construction of the new parish church, hall and rectory were not completed until 1976. Until the construction was completed, Masses continued to be held at Homer Hanna High School and at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Old Port Isabel Road. Bishop John J. Fitzpatrick dedicated the new building on April 4, 1976. Monsignor Patrick Doherty served as the first pastor for the St. Luke Parish and remained until 1980. In 1992, with Father Juan Nicolau as pastor, St. Luke opened an education facility, and a gymnasium was added a year later.
Who: We are the people of Saint Luke Catholic Church, Family of Families, Community of Communities. We are located at 2800 Rockwell Drive in Brownsville, Texas.
Our parish boundaries are:
North: Highway FM 802
South: Boca Chica Boulevard
East: 14th Street to Padre Island Highway
West: Expressway 83/77
WHY: Because we like to express and share our faith with all humankind. We know we are a unique creation from God.
Therefore, we need to recognize God’s presence in our lives, His love for us, and His call. Consequently, our mission is to:
A. Make the presence of God present in the lives of our parishioners through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacraments. (WORSHIP)
B. Make God’s love present.
1.To live with human dignity and purpose. (PEACE & JUSTICE)
2.Share happiness and console one another. (PASTORAL CARE)
3.To Stress the importance of love and commitment. (FAMILY LIFE)
C. To respond to His call.
1.Spread the Good News. (EVANGELIZATION)
2.Provide Catholic Education. (CHRISTIAN FORMATION)
3.Awareness of Stewardship to support our parish and our activities.(ADMINISTRATION)
HOW: By establishing commissions to help us accomplish our mission. By facilitating communication and collaboration between the pastor, church leaders and parishioners by conducting quarterly Parish Pastoral Council Meetings. By setting specific goals for our commissions.
LET US BE A SPECIAL SYMBOL OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN – A PLACE WHERE PEOPLES FROM MANY LANDS ARE GATHERED INTO ONE, IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH, IN JUSTICE AND LOVE.