ST. LUKE CATHOLIC CHURCH
17 HUNTVILLE ROAD - P.O. BOX 7
FAIRFAX, VERMONT 05454
Email:stluke17@myfairpoint.net

Phone: 849-6205

Masses:

Saturday - St. Luke - 4:00 p.m. - Ascension 6:00 p.m.
Sunday - St. Luke - 10:30 a.m. - Ascension 8:30 a.m.

Fax: 849-6078

Sacrament/Reconciliation

Saturday - 3:45 to 4:10 p.m.
or by appointment


Father Henry Furman
(Pastor)
Email: hpfurman@gmail.com


Deacon: Stephen Ratte
Email: spratte2@comcast.net

OFFICE STAFF
ANNE MOSSEY
KAREN MINOR
TEL: 8496205

CATECHETICAL MINISTRY:
MARY BETH REDDING, DRE TEL: 802-338-0197
E-MAIL: reddingcrew@surfglobal.net

RECTORY OFFICE HOURS:
MONDAY THRU THURSDAY - 9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
FRIDAY - 9:30 AM TO 12:30 PM

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
(CONFESSION):
SATURDAY: 3:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
OR BY APPOINTMENT AT THE RECTORY

MARRIAGES: CALL SIX MONTHS BEFORE DATE IS SET

BAPTISMS:
CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
ONE GODPARENT MUST BE A PRACTICING AND CONFIRMED CATHOLIC

RCIA:
AS PER SCHEDULE INSIDE.



The young Altar Boy on the right identified as Tom Soules is Dick LeClair

Interior of original St. Luke Church as it appeared prior to 1948

In the year 1865 the congregation or parish consisted of about twenty families. They lived in the town of Westford and along the Fletcher Road as well as in Fairfax itself. Father Magloire Pigeon was given charge of the Catholic community in Fairfax in 1868. According to his letters, Bishop Louis DeGoesbriand intended to build a church in Fairfax as soon as there were enough families to support one financially. This, however, was not the case at the time that Father Pigeon was appointed, so it is assumed that one of the homes in the village was used for the saying of Mass for the Catholic members of the community.

A Burlington Free Press article dated November 19, 1870 stated that "A new Catholic Church is in the course of erection in Fairfax near the covered bridge. The frame is up and boarded." The Beers Atlas of 1871 shows the Roman Catholic Church to be located on what was then known as South Street, not far from the Lamoille River. The book entitled "Successful Vermonters by William H. Jeffrey" and published in 1907 stated that the Roman Catholic Church Building was constructed in 1872 under the direction of Father Magloire Pigeon.

Meanwhile, about 1872, the Oblate Fathers (later known as the Society of St. Edmund) gave a Mission to about 60 people, and at its conclusion, Bishop DeGoesbriand conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on a class of twelve including four adults. Things stayed this way for several years, but the Catholic population in Fairfax was growing steadily for those years until, on September 27, 1876, Bishop Louis DeGoesbriand for the sum of two hundred ($200) dollars, purchased the property, with the church building on it, from Orion W. Butler, who lived in Stowe and Ezra S. Butler, who lived in Fairfax. The deed specifically stated, "on which the Roman Catholic Church now stands". I have been unable to find anything in the Fairfax Town Records that shows exactly when the church was constructed or why it was constructed on land belonging to someone else. The church seated about 100 people and was placed under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene.

About 1913, Father Boivin decided to enlarge the church and added the section which became the sanctuary and sacristy, increasing the seating capacity to accommodate 200 persons. Sometime around 1918, the church was placed under the patronage of St. Luke. The parish remained a mission of a number of other parishes which included, The Cathedral in Burlington, St. Ann's in Milton, St. Mary's in St. Albans and the Catholic Church at St. Albans Bay.

On December 17, 1940, a three acre tract of land was purchased for a Catholic Cemetery near the intersection of Routes 128 and 104 at the southern end of town from Joseph and Cordelia St. Jock for $175.

In 1943, parishioners heard rumors that St. Luke's might become a parish, so in order to be prepared, they purchased the original rectory, located on the corner of Main & Hunt Streets.

St. Luke's Rectory 1943-1996

In 1963, St. Luke's Parish Center was constructed at a cost of $90,000 during the pastorate of Father Francis Hickey. In 1982, the original St. Luke Church, which had suffered severe structural damage during the flood of 1927 and been repaired numerous times was found to be unsafe with major repairs needed again. All activities were moved to the Parish Center and it was dedicated as St. Luke's Church on October 10, 1982. The old St. Luke Church stands at its original location, however, renovations were made and it is now Steeple Market on the first floor and has apartments on the second floor.

In 1996, the original St. Luke's Rectory was sold and a new Rectory constructed on the Church Property near the church on the Huntville Road.

CLICK ON LINKS BELOW FOR OTHER WEBSITES

Bishop Matano Visits St. Luke's Nov 22, 2009
Ascension Parish Site Weekly Bulletin for St. Luke
Complete more detailed History of St. Luke Parish Unique Applet with St. Luke Church (1927)
Former Pastors of St. Luke's How St. Luke Parish helps a mission in the Dominican Republic
Photos of Sister Cecile's Sept. 11, 1999 Lawn & Bake Sale Photos of Father Feltz's Farewell Party
World Youth Day 2002 by Kaitlin Langelier St. Luke Valentine Day Dance - 02/08/2003
St. Luke's Pot Luck Holy Thursday Supper - 3/28/02 St. Luke's Pot Luck Holy Thursday supper - 4/17/03
St. Luke Annual Lawn & Bake Sale - 2004 Jean Groseclose Honored By Women's Commission
Interior Photos Of St. Luke's Jan 15, 2005 St. Luke's Pot Luck Holy Thursday Supper - 3/24/05
Father Donald C. Kelly 10830 K Of C Web Site Shirley & Madeline Minor Receive Papal Blessing On Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Collins 50th - 50th - & 94 St. Luke Annual Lawn & Bake Sale - 2005
St. Luke Confirmation Web Site Bishop Matano Visits St. Luke's - Jan 8, 2006
Father Joseph T. Sullivan's Obituary St. Luke's Pot Luck Holy Thursday Supper - 4/13/06
K of C Children's Carnival -- 2006 St. Luke's Bids Jim & Donna Varrichione Farewell
Farewell Father Frank - Welcome Father Rome Donna Varricchione Recognized At Annual Women In Ministry
How To Gain Indulgences Interfaith Service Photos - November 19, 2006
Links To The Christmas 2006 Pageant Video Links To The Christmas 2006 Pageant Photos
Photos Of Cross Being Removed From Old St. Luke's Church St. Luke First Reconciliation Photos - January 20, 2007
St. Luke's Holds Job Fair After All Three Masses Laurent & Doris Lavallee Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary
Karen Langelier Recognized For Work In Women In Ministry Father Ray Giroux - Obituary
Father Rome & Deacon Steve Bless Parishioners Throats February 3, 2008 St. Luke's Confirmation Class 2008 "Souper Bowl Sunday"
St. Luke Directory Of Family Photos Published In 1991 St. Luke Parishioners Clean Up - May 10, 2008
Farewell To Father Rome Welcome Father Julian
Photos Of St. Luke Altar Server Outing 2008 Farewell Reception Photos For Mary McDevitt
Fairfax History In Ashes World Marriage Day Photos - February 22, 2009
Pot Luck Supper Photos - Holy Thursday 2009 Farewell To Chris Racine Family - Photos
Photo Of Confirmandi - 2009 Gilles Rainville Presented With Honorary Life Membership Card & Pin
St. Luke Community Picnic - July 26, 2009 Jim & Jean Groseclose Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary
Lake Memphremagog Vacation Winner Drawing St. Luke Prayer Chain For Our Deployed Soldiers
Raising Of The Flag - May 30, 2010 Thanksgiving Interfaith Service - November 21, 2010
St. Ann's Priest Promoted To Army Colonel Lake Memphremogog Vacation Drawing - March 27, 2011
St. Luke's Says Goodbye To Bill & Dot Meisenzahl KofC Children's Carnival & BBQ Photos 2011
Welcome Father Henry Furman Bishop Matana Visits St. Luke Parish - Sep. 1, 2013
KofC 2013 Carnival, BBQ, Soccer Challenge Bike Collection Program For 3rd World Countries
Feast of Corpus Christi Procession - June 22, 2014

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