St. Luke Church at 304 South Main Street, Nicholasville, KY 40356-1546 US - Home
Welcome to the website for Saint Luke Catholic Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Here in the heart of the Bluegrass area, you will find friendly people and a reverence for the Mass and the Blessed Sacrament. We invite you to come and worship with us and take an opportunity to visit our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel--the first in Kentucky, celebrating 17 years of continuous prayer on December 17, 2012!
Weekend Mass Times
Sunday at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.
Our pastor, Father Bush speaks often of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. One of those Spiritual Works of Mercy is to pray for the dead. We have established an online necrology--a list of people and the dates of their death--of Saint Luke's parishioners and their family and friends as well as clergy that have been special to us. It is still in its infancy but what we have at present is available here. To access it, simply click on the cross to the side of this paragraph.
As a start, it is sorted by month of death, and then alphabetically within that month. To have a name added, please contact the parish office by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see any errors, please let us know by the same method.
Below we have included the "Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great." Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well:
"Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."
It's not a bride who will be wearing any of the wedding gowns gathered by Lisa Grubbs, but a baby. Each donated dress is being transformed into angel gowns for babies who never make it home from the hospital.
"There's something hopeful about that start of life, about a wedding, and to me, it's that full circle," said Grubbs, founder of NICU Helping Hands. "This child who is so loved by its parents, being wrapped in love by a bride."
Lisa Grubbs is the wife of a specialist for premature babies. She and her husband believe the passing of a child is a sacred event that should be honored. It's one reason she started NICU Helping Hands, a Fort Worth organization created to support parents both educationally and emotionally.
One of their missions is to insure parents who lose babies in the hospital have something special and sacred to bury them in.
Grubbs has gathered a small team of volunteer seamstresses to transform bridal gowns into unique and beautiful works of art. A single wedding dress can make a dozen or more of the tiny angel gowns. Many look like satin or silk christening gowns for baby dolls.
"Often, we would just wrap little babies just in tiny little hospital blankets or washrags or towels, and we didn't really have much to offer those families," said Amy Vickers, a former NICU nurse who saw a need and volunteered to sew. "It doesn't take the hurt away from them. But it just lets them know that we feel like their baby's life means something."
Most of the volunteers who sew work alone, in their own homes, for their own reasons.
LaJean Sturman sews for a son she lost shortly after birth, 30 years ago. "It would have just meant the world, because I would have felt like I was sending him in something special, instead of something ill-fitting," LaJean said.
Lisa Grubbs said women who donate their gowns often do so for personal reasons. One such donation came from a woman who had recently lost her own infant.
The angel gowns are donated to hospital NICU units. The need is far greater than it should be.
Volunteers say each angel gown is stitched with heart, and hope that the symbolic love of the wedding dresses are carried from the beginning of a new life, to another's end.
For more information, please click here: http://www.nicuhelpinghands.org/
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