Church and Rectory
70 West Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581
508-366-5502
(Directions)
Handicapped Parking Available

Parish Center
1 Ruggles Street
Westborough, MA 01581
508-366-8509
(Directions)


Lord's Day Masses

Saturday: 5 PM, and in Espaņol 7 PM

Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9 AM,
11 AM and 6:30 PM

Weekday Masses
Monday - Friday: 9 AM Saturday: 8 AM

Holy Day Masses
7 AM, 12:10 PM, 7:30 PM

Rosary
Weekdays after 9AM Mass

Monday Evenings at 7 PM
Marian Movement of Priests Prayer Cenacle

Exposition and Adoration
Tuesdays after 9:00 AM Mass to
6:30 PM Benediction

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St. Luke the Evangelist is a parish in the
Diocese of Worcester, MA

Welcome to Saint Luke The Evangelist Parish - Westborough, MA

St. Luke the Evangelist Parish is a Roman Catholic community in the Diocese of Worcester. We strive to learn, teach and joyfully live the fullness of our Faith and serve God and our neighbors in charity and truth. We faithfully celebrate the Sacraments, pray together as a community and give generously of our time, talent and treasure to live and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our daily lives.

Please visit the various areas of our web site to learn about Saint Luke's staff, activities and ministries.

Advent

In various ways and various places the churches have marked the days around the winter solstice (adapting when possible in the southern hemsphere when December and January surround the summer solstice). Christians have quite naturally kept from their former religions and traditions all manner of customs and rituals, giving these a home around the many-faceted celebration of the Word-made-flesh, the manifestation of God-with-us.

The present Roman calendar has a period of three to four weeks before December 25th. This is called Advent and it is filled with beautiful scriptures, songs, prayers and gestures. These have no single focus but abound with images: of God's promise and human longing, of the beauty in both darkness and light, of the earth's sorrows and its fullness, of the goodness and mystery of time. The spirit of the church's Advent is in the silence and song that arise from constant attention to the human condition.

Can you and your family act as an elf for us?

We have 15 opportunities for elf service here at the parish!

One of our parishioners connects regularly with some of our parish residents living at Kindred Health Care. We would like to offer them a small gift this year and need an “elf” to meet with them to find out what he or she would like us to buy for them – at either CVS or Walmart. Once you purchase the gift (with a gift card we provide for you), we would ask that you wrap it and deliver it prior to Christmas with a homemade card (and maybe cookies?)

This is a wonderful opportunity for children to participate with you in a meaningful way, and it will make a difference for each of those visited!

We are limited to fifteen elves so call soon – Julie Basque, pastoral associate at 508-355-8509, ext 4. Thank you!

Advent Reconciliation Service

Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30PM

Join with your parish community in the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.

Candlelight Christmas Memorial Service

Wednesday, December 20th at 7:30PM
On the evening of Wednesday, December 20th St. Luke’s will be holding a Candlelight Holiday Memorial Service in the church sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. to remember our loved ones who have died. During this busy, and often difficult, holiday season we invite family and friends to participate in this evening of thoughtful prayer, reflection, and music.

You are welcome to bring a photo or other small remembrance of your loved one to display during the service. If you would like the name of the deceased mentioned during the service, please plan on arriving at 7:15 p.m. We look forward to having you join us for this special evening of shared sorrow and joy in the presence of our Lord!

Dear Friends,

Christmas is the celebration of both motherhood and childhood, the double doorway through which almighty God chose to come to into our difficult human world, to try to lead us to peace.

As I write these words, 84 children in the United States, ranging in age from just a few months to teens, were just freed from a multistate network of 120 human traffickers, who have been arrested.

The plight of children in the world is fearsome: child slaves, child prostitutes, child soldiers, and child gangsters. The numbers of children living at the lowest levels of poverty, the amount of childhood hunger, the extent of infant and child illness and mortality are daunting. show more...

Also as I write these words, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are 65 million people in the world who are displaced from their homes, belong to no country (are stateless) or are refugees.

Roughly half of these are women, of whom millions are pregnant, or with nursing and small children.

Central to the Christmas story is that Mary, as a young pregnant girl, had to leave home and take to rough roads, under the orders of the Roman governor in Syria, so the Jews might be "counted," in the town native to the husband.

Also central to the Christmas story is that immediately after the birth of her precious baby, on a bale of hay as a displaced woman, she had to flee to Egypt and spend years as a refugee, or her son would have been killed by a jealous King in Jerusalem, city of peace.

It is not only trees beautifully lit, and sweet carols, that make Christmas familiar to us.

But in fact, Christmas is also familiar because of how similar the rough and painful experiences of the Holy Family are, to the tragic daily fare of millions of women and children today, two thousand and seventeen years later.

Very recently, as I was driving through Port-au-Prince on my way to anoint the dying and try to heal the destitute sick whose death might be delayed with proper care, at one of the clinics of Mother Teresa's Sisters, a very sick woman on the road caught my eye.

The first glance showed that she was young, she was pregnant, and she was in a lot of trouble. She could not help at all as two people as young as she was, tried to lift her and lay her down in the simple tap-tap, the public transport for the masses. I wondered why they were leaving a hospital, instead of going into it.

I asked what happened, and was told there was no room in the hospital. I learned they had been refused at another hospital already, and there would be no guarantee of a place where they would go next. Thank God for our maternity wing at our own NPH St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. The young girl was nearly in a coma, and driving any more around the city looking "for a place at the inn" would kill her. And surely a manger was no place for a woman with eclampsia, which was her fairly evident condition.

With no time to lose by calling our ambulance, I paid the tap-tap to take her to St. Damien.

Andre, who was raised from infancy in our children's home in Haiti (and is now 25 years old), works with me. I sent him with them, to be the Angel Gabriel, to guide the tap-tap the fastest way to St. Damien. I continued on, to see the sick waiting for me across town.

My vehicle is a four-wheel drive, off road, Jeep-ish kind of thing they call a "Polaris." It has no windows, makes a lot of noise, is very hot, and all street noise comes in. So I didn't hear my cell phone ring. Again, and again, and again.

When I arrived at the Sisters, my heart dropped to my feet when I saw 13 missed calls from Andre.

This could not be good news.

The tap-tap had broken down.

I raced to the scene, a good 30 minutes away, also trying at the same time by phone to send one of our ambulances from St. Damien, but they were all out on calls. I was trying to figure how I would carry the poor comatose girl in the Polaris.

Very shortly after, I saw an empty tap-tap, and I promised him a good stipend if he would follow me and finish an urgent delivery to St. Damien Hospital.

We made the transfer in the middle of the street, the poor mother nearly lifeless, as we lifted the sheet she was on, to carefully change trucks. Archangel Andre is a rookie on my team, he was sweating and in a holy panic, but brilliant and compassionate.

Once they got to the hospital, and I was at the Sisters, I got a call from St. Damien. The mother was 17 and in a coma, the family with her was even younger than she. The treatment for eclampsia is, of course, delivery of the baby, and in this case by Cesarean, because the baby is preterm. The question was, did I know the mother or father? The young girls said they were in the province. Who would give the consent?

They were all under age, and the one concerned was in a coma.

On sonogram, the baby's heart was beating but there were no other movements of the tiny body. The baby's survival was unlikely because of the gestational age. But without the Cesarean both would die.

Who would give the consent? I was the only possible choice.

I consented, and took my rosary beads from my pocket.

The first joyful mystery, the annunciation of the nativity of the Messiah - don't fail us now.

The baby survived. A tiny girl, peering curiously out of her incubator. The mother came out of her coma about four hours later. Our tender staff, who are also mothers, showed her how to nurse the baby at her breasts.

The story of Christmas is old, and yet ever new. The blessings called children, the heroism of mothers, the Archangels Gabriel and Andre who are never far off, and soar into the story at the critical moment in order to save the day.

This Christmas as we celebrate again the wonders of moms and children, let's also pledge to stand with them in their agonies and ecstasies.

When we stand for what is right and true, God blesses our ways.

When we strive to create safe havens for pregnant mothers in distress, like St. Damien Hospital, and when we create safe havens for children in our homes in nine countries, God's blessing is sure.

Thanks to all of you for your ongoing help, which make all this possible.

God's blessing at Christmas, and throughout the new year of grace. 

Fr. Rick Frechette

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A Christmas Prayer

“Sweet child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Pour into the hearts of people the peace which they sometimes seek so desperately, and which you alone can give them. Help them to know one another better and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same father. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness, join them together in your love, and give us all your heavenly peace.’’

Pope John XXXIII

Giving Tree

Return the gifts to the Parish Center by 2PM on Sunday, December 10th . The gifts should be wrapped and the tag on each gift should be easily readable.

Again, thank you for your generosity and willingness to share Christ's love this Christmas.




The Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant

This Pageant is performed during the 6 PM Christmas Eve Liturgy as part of the Gospel. Children will sit in assigned seats throughout the Mass. Costumes and props are provided. All roles are non speaking and are of equal importance to the production. Some of the roles require more movement, such as Mary, Joseph, and the Kings etc. We will draw names from the list of participants in grades 3- 6 for these roles. Participants in grades K-2 will be assigned roles as Angels and Shepherds. Everyone who signs up gets a part…there are no try outs.

Please note that you must attend the 2 rehearsals on:

Sunday, December 17th, 1 - 2 PM in the Church
and again for the dress rehearsal on:
Friday December 22nd, 3:45 - 5:15 PM Dress Rehearsal starts and ends in the Parish Center

How can you HELP? We need volunteers!
Parents are needed to help the children with their movements and cues, someone to read through the Gospel and work the music, and people to check out costumes and props. Please indicate your willingness to help when you sign up.

To sign up your child for the pageant click here.

Questions? Contact Kathy Dunbeck at 508-479-0585 or by email: Kathy@Dunbeck.net.

THANKS. We look forward to working with your children on this special program.


Caroling at St. Luke's

Wednesday, December 20th, starting at 4:30PM
We will be singing Christmas Carols to some of our homebound parishioners on Wednesday, December 20th starting at 4:30 pm and ending no later than 7pm. Join us in the parish center at 4:30 for a slice of pizza and a chance to meet with your fellow carolers!

Our repertoire (per house) is not extensive – “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.” If you or your family would like to join us, please call Julie Basque at 508-366-8509, ext 4. Let me know too if you cannot come on this date (we have a few slots open for Sunday December 10th at 4pm.) Nice voices are a bonus, but love and enthusiasm for visiting others is our only prerequisite


Christmas Liturgy Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

4:00 PM Mass in the Church 
4:00 PM Mass in the Parish Center
6:00 PM Family Mass with Parish Pageant
8:00 PM Mass 
9:30 PM Spanish Language Mass
12:00 AM Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

9:00AM Mass 
10:30AM Mass with Parish Choir
12 NOON Mass 

There is no 7:30am or 6:30pm  Mass on Christmas Day.

The stained glass window depicting Saint Luke is located in the vestibule of the church.