About Our Parish

 

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

St. Luke the Evangelist a Parish of the Roman Catholic Church and Society of Livingston County, began July 1, 2006 when five parishes were formed into one parish with five church sites under the leadership of Rev. Patrick Connor and Rev. Joseph Marcoux. These sites were Holy Angels Church, Nunda (formed in November of 1873); St. Lucy’s, Retsof (formed December 24, 1964); St. Mary’s, Geneseo (formed December 1, 1889); St. Patrick’s, Mt. Morris (formed December 18, 1873); St. Thomas Aquinas, Leicester (formed  June 6, 1897).  This newly formed parish also included the Newman Community at SUNY Geneseo, the Livingston County Jail, Groveland Correctional Facility and Livingston Correctional Facility.  This faith community really had its beginnings August 13, 1998 when Bishop Matthew Clark approved the formation of the Western Livingston Planning Group where these five churches worked together combining various ministries and faith processes but retained their own identities and bookkeeping.

GROWING THROUGH CHANGE

The five church communities of St. Luke the Evangelist had to learn how to work together to form one cohesive parish.  That was the challenge and took quite a while to get where St. Luke’s Parish Community is today, encountering many hard feelings and problems along the way. But parishioners worked out their differences and learned to work together as one, even combining finances (although allowing monies designated for individual churches to be kept track of).  For the time being all five churches remain open and the parish runs with a bare minimum of staff.  St. Luke’s also has two cemeteries two cemeteries which are kept separate.  The Diocese of Rochester considers St. Luke’s to be a model consolidation that works well.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

What’s in the future?  Who knows.  St. Luke’s goal right now is to keep doing what it has been doing – worshipping God and carryig out the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ to spead the gospel of love and mercy and serving the people within the five communities that make up our parish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We the members of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish Community, are a diverse group, blessed by the Holy Spirit and committed to be disciples of Christ.  As members of many communities, we strive, through Him, to promote unity and cooperation, to better serve God and our communities by sharing our gifts and resources through worship, instruction in faith, and compassionate love as modeled by Jesus Christ.

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