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108 Washington Rd, Barrington, RI 02806

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in the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island

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News Archive 2006-2008


St. Luke's Parish & People in the News


-----------------------------  2008

Commentary on the  readings for Dec. by Fr. Ray Collins (pdf) 
Commentary on the  readings for Nov.
 by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the  readings for Oct. by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the  readings for Sept. by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the  readings for Aug by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the  readings for July by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the  readings for June by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the readings for April by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the Old Testament readings for March by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the Old Testament readings for February by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)

Commentary on the Old Testament readings for January by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)




St. Luke's website now has an interactive  discussion forum, where members can share ideas. Click the forum link on the left navigation menu for an introductory page


Thank-you for your very generous support of the

2008 Catholic Charity Fund Appeal  

2008 Catholic Charities  Impact Video 10:00 min  
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Commentary on the  readings for May by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)


St. Luke's Mission Trip to Jamaica and visit to RI by Father Gregory Ramkissoon, the Mustard Seed Communities’ founder, is featured in the Rhode Island Catholic



2007 News Archive

Commentary on the Old Testament readings for Advent & Christmas by Fr. Raymond Collins (pdf)


click the image to listen to a recording of St. Luke's Christmas Cantata Let Heaven & Nature Sing featuring Parishioners and singers from all area churches


Read about our Contemporary Choir's Rejoice Tonight CD for details, click here


Read about St. Luke's Advent Wreath Project in the RI Catholic Nov 30 issue

June 2007: An interview with David Thurber, St. Luke's  2007 summer seminarian:

Q. Tell us about your family background, where you grew up.
A Pawtucketis an interesting place to grow up. There’s a lot of noise, people, cars and excitement. But there’s also a lot of flavor, diversity, kindness and opportunities to reach out to many different types of people. I believe that this was the perfect city for my three brothers and myself to live. Our parish was nothing out of the ordinary.,,, Read More

 It was a small French Canadian parish in a big church building. Many times serving mass, I’d glance out and see all the empty pews. Perhaps it was at that point I began thinking about the priesthood. I wanted to reach out to all the different people that made up Pawtucket and lead them back into the church.

Q.  What influenced your decision to study for the priesthood?
A. The pastor of the parish, Fr. Normand Courtemanche, really influenced my decision to enter the seminary. I was always amused with his last name, which means “short sleeve”. I was even more impressed with the simple lifestyle that he lived. You see, he is the pastor, bookkeeper, secretary and maintenance guy all rolled into one quiet and compassionate 68 yr. old man. He never once complained and each day served the parish to the best of his abilities. With such a pastor, it is no surprised that I was led into the seminary!
Q.  Tell us about your studies in Rome?
A. When it came time for my assignment to study theology, I was asked where I wanted to go. “New Jersey, Bishop”, was my reply. Bishop McManus nodded his head and said, “What if we sent you to Rome?” I had barely been out of Rhode Island and now I was going to live in Europe! This has been for me an opportunity of a lifetime. I have tried to travel as much as possible and learn all could about the different cultures in Europe. Next year will be my last in Rome. My only goal is to complete my studies and continue to experience as much as I possibly can.
Q.  What is your first impression of St. Luke's Parish?
A. That brings me here to St. Luke’s parish. So far I have been here for two weeks and I’m having a very enriching time. After a year in the books, it is great to talk to families, give out communion to the sick and learn the ins and outs of parish ministry. There couldn’t have been two better priests for me to learn from. Fr. Bob Hawkins and Fr. Matthew Glover have been outstanding examples of what is means to be a Catholic Priest. If I can be half the priest that either one of them are, I’ll be doing all right.
Q.  Is there anything else you would like to share with the people of St. Luke's?
A. At this point I would like to thank all of you at St. Luke’s for being unbelievably warm and welcoming. I have felt at home from the first day I arrived. Words simply cannot express the gratitude I have for all of you. Hopefully, I will be able to get to know as many parishioners this summer as possible. If there is anything you would like to talk to me about, don’t hesitate to ask. May God bless all of you and lead you closer to Him each day!


Thanks to all who made St. Luke's 2007 Catholic Charity Fund Appeal a big success.  The parish met our goal thanks to generous contributions.   Bruce Morris of our parish was instrumental in producing the following Video Impact Statement.  Click the arrow to watch this 10 minute video. [A broadband internet connection is recommended.] 

April 2007: Thanks for supporting the Mustard Seed Mission Trip!  

In March2007, Reverend Raymond F. Collins was awarded McVinney Medal when American College celebrated its 150th Anniversary at Louvain

When the American College celebrated the centenary anniversary of its foundation fifty Fr. Collins was present as a young seminarian. "When The American College celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1982, He was present for the festivities as university professor and in 2007, as a retiree he delivered the sesquicentennial magister lecture. You can read his address here.

Have you visited our twin parish, Blessed Sacrament of Providence, RI?   Blessed Sacrament is a stunningly beautiful cathedral located at the intersection of Academy and Regent Avenues, about halfway between Atwells and Chalkstone Avenues. Click for a map. Click the images below for larger photos. The Mass Schedule is available here. Parking for Mass is available in the Blessed Sacrament School lot across Regent Ave. from the church. There is a second lot accessed by Atkins St. off Regent Ave behind the rectory / parish office building.  

Fr. Gaffney offered a Bible Study on the Saturdays of Lent at Blessed Sacrament Church, 179 Academy Ave. , Providence .   All are welcome.  


2006 News Archive

Advent & Christmas 2006 at St. Luke's  






Blessings of the Christmas Season from 
Fr. Ray Collins, Luke Willenberg, Fr. Matt Glover, Fr. Bob Hawkins

December 2, 2006 St. Luke's Contemporary Choir produced a CD of Christmas songs.  Proceeds will support St. Mary's Assumption Church in New Orleans . Click to visit the Contemporary Choir web page, sample the music online and to find out how to get your copy.  

St. Luke’s Church of Barrington , RI is proud to announce the release of “Rejoice Tonight”, a seven-song cd of Christmas music recorded by the St. Luke’s Contemporary Choir.  Filled with traditional favorites, the disc neatly summarizes this group’s commission:  to take the church’s familiar hymns and recast them in a modern setting with instruments such as guitar, bass, piano and drums.  “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,” and the song “Rejoice Tonight,” written by choir director David Lauria and adapted from the Gospel of John, combine familiar lyrics with the sound of a Christian worship group.  Proceeds from the recording will be donated to St. Mary's Assumption Church in New Orleans to help rebuild their pipe organ.  St. Mary's, which is listed on the National Historic Register and is the second-oldest church in New Orleans , sustained over $1.5 million in damage during Hurricane Katrina.

In the coming weeks, online ordering and digital downloads will be available.  Pre-order forms for cd purchase can be downloaded from this link for Word or this for pdf.

Nov. 24, 2006 Coat Drive follow-up  


Nov 1, 2006 St. Luke’s Parish is looking for more Ushers and Greeters who like to meet people and make friends while serving the Lord and fellow parishioners. Ushers and Greeters improve our warmth and hospitality by having someone at all entrances to the church, at every Mass, to greet all who come to worship. In addition we will when needed help parishioners find a seat, and assist in collecting the weekly offering. This position is open to all, men women young and old. If you feel this is for you please call the rectory to show your interest, or talk to any of the greeters and ushers at the Mass you attend.  We who are ushers and greeters would love to have you join us so as to triple the current amount of people doing this now.


St. Luke's School is collecting  bottle caps from Hood Milk in the Light Block bottles through Oct. 2007.  The school will receive 5 cents for each cap redeemed.  A collection box is at the Church front entrance.


July 2006 St Luke School has a new web site developed and maintained by IT Specialist Joanne Johnson.


Read a profile of Luke Willenberg, our visiting seminarian for the summer of 2006.  Luke returned to SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake Michigan at the end of August to continue his studies. updated Sept 13, 2006. 

Patrick Moynihan, president of the Haitian Project, and a permanent Deacon for the Rockford Catholic Diocese in Rockford, IL, visited St. Luke's the weekend of May 7 seeking support for the Louverture Cleary School (LCS).  Please click here to learn how to support LCS.


Fr. Ray Collins appears in a Catholic News Service article addressing  misconceptions about Mary Magdalene, the first witness of Christ's resurrection.  The article also appeared in the Providence Visitor on May 4, 2006.


Fr. Matt Glover, Associate Pastor of St. Luke's and the Cregan family, parishioners of St. Luke's are featured in the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal donor brochure

April 8. A 3-1/2 minute video greeting featuring Fr. Bob Hawkins was added to the website.  

A feedback form was also added to the website to encourage Parishioners to submit feedback and Ministry leaders to submit activities for promotion online. 


March 12-14 Fr. Ray Collins met with New Testament Scholars in Rome.


Twelve Brownies, 1st, 2nd and 3rd  from St. Luke's received special awards and had their photo published in the Providence Visitor March 30, 2006.

As the April 2 Anniversary of the late Pope's death approaches, Fr. Glover's recollection of  Pope John Paul II's legacy is described in the Providence Visitor March 23, 2006.


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