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SHEPHERDSVILLE - When the decision was made to discontinue its school, the St. Aloysius parish was left in shock.
It lost some of its members and it lost more of its identity in the community.
For Deacon Ted Luckett, his role at the parish is to help heal some of those wounds and help rebuild the church.
A mission of the church to begin that process is to become more involved with the community.
“We’re trying to get people in our own parish more involved,” said Luckett. “And then we are trying to tell the community what we do and what we have to offer.”
Luckett, who is a retired police officer who has previously worked in prison ministry, said St. Aloysius has a very strong Catholic community.
“They’re good people,” said Luckett. “The church has many things to offer.”
The school was always a symbol of pride for the church in the community. With that gone, Luckett said the goal is to provide other opportunities for the community to become part of the St. Aloysius family.
The annual summer church picnic has been a fixture for years. And the Lenten fish fry Fridays have been popular with the community.
Beyond that, Luckett said it will be a slow process.
With a gymnasium available, Luckett said the church is truing to rent that facility to more groups for more activities.
This fall, the church hosted a car cruise -- Blastin’ Down Plum Street. Despite a day of rain, Luckett said there was a number of classic vehicles on-hand and he looks for that to build in popularity.
Luckett has been visiting Colonial House in Shepherdsville to talk with residents.
He is also hoping to provide services for the Bullitt County Detention Center.
The church is now offering a senior night, the next of which will be on Wednesday, Dec. 11. It will feature a potluck dinner for seniors in the parish.
Another upcoming event is a dinner and dance planned for New Year’s Eve. If there is not enough interest in the dinner, he expects the dance to be held. The church has hosted New Year’s Eve dances in the past.
A youth group has been formed, which Luckett said is especially importance since it is the younger parishioners who will be the future.
Luckett said it would be important to get more involved with other churches in the community. He looked forward to participating in the Bullitt County Ministerial Association and the annual National Day of Prayer each May.
At this time of the year, many Catholics return to church. Luckett hopes that those who return to St. Aloysius will see the many changes which are in place and planned for the future.