This church is in the Late Gothic Revival style, which is simpler than the Gothic of the 19th century.
The parish dates from 1914; the church from 1928.
St. Luke's Church
Joseph A. McMahon
✠ Pastor ✠
Anno domini mcmxxviii
I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house; and the place where thy glory dwelleth. — Psalm 26 (25)
The first Mass of the Latin Liturgy Association was held in this church in 1975.
Saints Mark, Philip, and Simon, on the reredos.
Mosaic icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saint Luke's gospel is where we get the beautiful Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat.
The first station of the cross: Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.
The plaster walls have a unique hand-made pattern, which includes crosses, Alpha, and Omega. I understand that it is difficult to find experienced plasterers who could do something like this.
The stained glass windows have descriptive plaques.
Catholic churches have traditionally taken much symbolism from the Jewish Temple, and from the priestly sacrifices that were once offered there.
The baptistery is located to the left of the main door. Note how the morning sunlight reflects off of the bronze font cover, forming a crown with eight stars on the wall to the left.
The baptismal font.
Door leading into the narthex. These doors are covered in red leather, attached with brass tacks.
A window in the narthex, surrounded with hand-made plasterwork.
Saturday: 5 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am
Monday-Friday: 8 am
Saturday: 4 pm — 4:45 pm
A well-fed tabby patrols the perimeter of the church.
A history of the parish, from the parish's school website:
Soon after the 1904 World’s Fair, the area of Richmond Heights began to develop. Salvaging bricks and lumber from the World’s Fair, homes were constructed and a zealous group of fervent Catholics were eager to form a worshipping community. The Rev. Joseph Collins was given the task by Archbishop John Glennon to evaluate the possibility of establishing a parish. Father Collins found a strong desire in this growing community for a Church and their desires were fulfilled when this small Catholic community gathered together to celebrate Eucharist on October 11, 1914.The church's choir has its own website: http://stlukeparishonline.org
7230 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117