About the Parish

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Affiliates, Associates, and Friends About Us at Saint Luke's
and Saint Margaret's

Dear Friend,

We hope you will come worship with us at Saint Luke's and St. Margaret's. The best way to get to get to know us is to share the pews with us, and maybe say hello over a cookie and a cup of coffee after the service. But for now, we'd like to tell you a few things we love about this church.

There's no dress code. Some folks are most comfortable in a T-shirt and jeans; others don't feel like it's church unless they wear a dress or a suit. Wear what you like.

There's no thought code, either. We're open about our doubts and our questions, and we heartily disagree about all sorts of things. Discussions are certainly lively here.

The services are full of rich and beautiful traditions: stained glass, candles, bells, vestments, ancient chants and prayers, kneeling, bowing, and sometimes incense. We are not bound to harmful traditions, though; for example, we change prayers that describe God as exclusively masculine.

We want to know and support each person's ministry in the wider world. Our Adult Education gatherings after church are a good chance to talk about our faith together. Parishioners also serve as lay preachers, sharing their experiences of God from the pulpit.

There are some amazing people here. You'll meet folks who are remarkably loving and committed to doing good in this world.

One of them is our rector, Reverend Karen Bettacchi.She will be greatly missed after she retires on Sunday, November 25. We will have an interim rector or a priest-in-charge beginning in Advent. The coming months will be a time of careful self-study as we prepare to call a new rector.

We're serious about our mission. We support Common Cathedral's ministry to the homeless and the Allston/Brighton Food Pantry, and we give space for English as a Second Language classes, the Hospitality Program for parents and spouses of people being treated in Boston hospitals, and an agency that works with the homeless in our area.

We're also a pretty quirky bunch. We think church should be fun, so expect some silliness at our meetings.

You can get involved as much or as little as you want, according to your own gifts, abilities and desires. We find joy in the work of creating worship services and building a community, and we invite new folks to take part in all areas of church life. But we're also good at taking no for an answer.

We feel blessed to call St. Luke's and St. Margaret's home, and we'd love to share that blessing with you. Come give us a try.

St. Luke's Rd. and Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134
The Rev. Karen Bettacchi, Rector
(617)782-2029

Last updated: October 2, 2001