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The Church of Saint Luke: A Stewardship Parish

Our parish is composed of people like us, we all make it what it is. It will be friendly if we are friendly. It will be holy if we are holy. Its pews will be filled if we all help fill them. It will do great work if we all work. It will be prayerful if we pray. It will make generous gifts to many causes if we are generous givers. It will bring others into its worship if we invite and bring them in. It will be a parish of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, of compassion, charity, and mercy, if we, who make it what it is are filled with these same things. Therefore, with the help of God, we dedicated ourselves to the task of being all the things that we want our parish to be.

1850

Area Catholics, belonging to the Diocese of Philadelphia, travel to Easton, PA or Oxford, NJ to attend Mass.

1868

The first Church of Saint Matthew was built on the corner of Brown and South Courtland Streets in East Stroudsburg, a wooden frame building with a seating capacity of around 200. Priest celebrates Mass here once a month.

1920

The Church of Saint Mark of Delaware Water Gap was created as the first mission of The Church of Saint Matthew.

1923

The Church of Saint John of Bushkill was created as the second mission of The Church of Saint Matthew.

1932

Ground breaks for the construction of the new Church of Saint Matthew on Ridgeway Street, East Stroudsburg.

1953

The Church of Saint Luke of Stroudsburg was created as the third mission of St. Matthew's.

1968

Bishop McCormick divides parishes from The Church of Saint Matthew and The Church of Saint Luke becomes a parish and is charged with the people of Stroudsburg and Delaware Water Gap. Fr. Francis Barrett is appointed the first pastor of the Church of Saint Luke which now has 300 registered families in the parish.

1969

The Church of Saint Luke forms their first Parish Council.

1974

Fr. Thomas Stahurski is appointed to The Church of Saint Luke as an associate since the parish has grown to 800 families.

1982

Fr. Thomas Stahurski is transferred and Fr. Joseph Verespy is sent to fill his vacancy.

1984

Fr. Joseph Verespy is transferred and Fr. Thomas McLaughlin is sent to fill his vacancy.

1984

CAMPAIGN FOR HOPE raises funds to build a new parish center (presently known as The Father Francis Barrett Center).

1984

The Church of Saint Luke reaches 1100 registered families and 350 students are enrolled in the religious education program.

1985

New parish center is dedicated as the Fr. Francis Barrett Center on October 18, 1985.

1990

The parish grows to 1500 families

1990

The Church of Saint Luke Soup Kitchen opens it's doors and serves those in need of a weekly meal.

1991

The Church of Saint Luke is renovated to increase capacity from 425 to 600 and the hall (presently the Jacques Center) is renovated to increase dinner capacity from 175 to 275 and meeting attendance seating capacity from 225 to 325.

1992

Fr. Francis Barrett retires and Fr. Thomas McLaughlin appointed pastor.

1994

Fr. Carmen Perry arrives at The Church of Saint Luke

1995

Parish grows to 1800 registered families, 6,000 individual members

1998

Dedication of the Icon of Saint Luke

2000

On July 1, 2000 the Dedication of the Edward and Mary Driebe Center for Worship and Ministry

2000

A 45-foot high Millennium Cross is erected at the front of the church marking the start of the third millenium.

2015

Fr. Thomas McLaughlin retires and Fr. Carmen Perry is appointed pastor.

2018

The Church of Saint Luke celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

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