St Luke's Catholic Church, Barefoot Bay FL

I'm Stunned

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
by Fr. Robert

I’m stunned! 


I had been hoping that a good many of the parishioners of St. Luke would want to join us for the celebration of our patron last Sunday.  Boy, did you respond to that one in spades!  Thank you, thank, thank you!  It was simply heartwarming and thrilling to see so many people who wanted to celebrate our community and the work that we do in building God’s kingdom here in BFB and it’s surroundings.  


The atmosphere in the Church was wonderful with everyone looking happy to be there and taking part with gusto in singing the hymns and answering the responses to the prayers.  Of course it didn’t hurt that the choir were on top form and led us beautifully.  I know they put a lot of hard work into practicing for the celebration so on your behalf and my own thank you to Kevin and the choir and to our musicians Christy, Jacob and Lin who added such a marvelous depth to that part of our Liturgy.


The environment looked fabulous with glorious flowers in just about every nook and cranny. Hopefully you finally noticed the waiting of St. Luke which is on the far way between Our Lady of Guadalupe and The Immaculate Conception - I’m always surprised when people say to me “I didn’t know we had a picture of St. Luke!”  Thanks to Ruth and Ron and Nina and Anna for all the work that they do all through the year in making our church look so lovely.  Anything we do to enhance our celebrations is pleasing to 

the Lord.


Liturgies take a lot of planning and of organizing all the elements - lighting candles, charcoal for the incense, making sure the books are set properly, setting out the hosts and cups with wine for the eucharist and so on.  Thanks to Irene and Dave and all those who help them week in and week out to make sure that our celebrations go as smoothly as possible.  Sunday’s celebration was a fitting climax to what they do for us so willingly and faithfully all through the year.  


And then of course we had our party in the hall afterwards.  A huge thank you to the Knights of Columbus who took the influx of people in their stride.  We had expected about 200 to turn up for the reception and in the end it was closer to 300 and the Knights just took it in their stride and fed the thousands with a few loaves and fishes.  Thanks also to those who spent so much time getting the hall ready - setting the tables, putting out the fruit and danish and making the coffee etc.  It all went so smoothly.  I was astonished how quickly everyone got fed and I heard many appreciative comments about the quality (I particularly liked the sausage!)


While I’m in ‘thank you’ mode I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the fountain/grotto.  It’s just been refurbished so that the water is flowing again and the beds around it have been beautifully replanted thanks to Clay from Valkaria Gardens who did it free of charge.  It looks beautiful and is a lovely tranquil spot to spend a few minutes with the Lord and His Blessed Mother.  Don’t know where I’m talking about? (It is well hidden)  Just come out the side door (the one most people use) and look to your right. 


As Pastor it really is a joy to be involved with such a caring and loving community.  I am very conscious every time that we gather for Eucharist that we truly are a people who appreciate what God has done and continues to do for us.  Thank you for making my ‘job’ such a pleasure.  As my mother used to say, “It’s easy to be nice to nice people.”


St. Luke, pray for us.  


Fr. Robert.