Social and Outreach Ministries
The ministries in this category act as an outreach to the infirm, the bereaved and the most innocent of all, the unborn.
The mission of St. Luke’s Catholic Charities Satellite Office is to provide aid to families and individuals in financial crisis with immediate short-term assistance; to serve as good stewards of the resources given by and through the Catholic community to help those in need; and to provide counseling and pray for those in need who depend on the St Luke’s Catholic Church for assistance. Assistance is provided to both parishioners and non-parishioners. We provided limited assistance for electricity, water, rent or mortgage. A financial emergency such as income decrease or unexpected expenses has occurred in the last few months. Supporting documentation has to be submitted. Appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursdays and can be set up by calling 282-0439 ext. 114 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council of Catholic Women
St. Luke’s Council of Catholic Women unites Catholic women in purpose, direction, and action in religious, educational, social and economic fields. We serve as a medium through which the Catholic women of St. Luke’s may speak and act on matters of common interest. We are committed in our efforts to carry out our mission of our parish, deanery, diocesan and national councils by supporting various charities. Our membership is open to all Catholic women who subscribe to the objectives of the CCW. We meet on the last Sunday of each month from 9:30-10:30 in the Hope Room.
The St. Luke’s Festival Ministry is a highly rewarding ministry that coordinates the St. Vincent’s presents the St. Luke’s Annual Spring Festival. The festival, held the first weekend of May annually, is a premier event on the church’s fundraising roster. While supporting the many outreach programs of the church, we also contribute to Annunciation Catholic School and the new Child Care Center. Our mission is to foster and build the community spirit within the parish while reaching far past our doors out into the greater Clay County area. Positions are available for all talents whether you are able to join the dedicated planning committee that prepares year-round or share your time only for the event.
Contact: Alison Duvall / 718-7563
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is an organization wherein charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism stand on the foundation that supports millions of Catholic men and their families. All Catholic men in good standing with the Church are eligible. Catholic boys under age 18 may apply to join the Squires-- a youth organization. Some of the many functions the Knights support are the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and the annual Parish Christmas Dinner. The Knights meet on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Parish Center. Contact: Albert Capone 206-3402
The Ladies Auxiliary organizes a variety of activities which provide fun and fellowship in the parish. Some of the annual events include holiday dances, a Father/Daughter Dance, and a Mother/Daughter Tea. Funds raised from these events support charities and purchase needed supplies for the kitchen. Any woman 18 or older can join. Ladies Auxiliary meets on the fourth Sunday of the month. Contact Ana Maria Cosme-Griffith email@example.com
Parish Outreach is committed to providing a wide range of assistance to those in need in our parish community and our neighborhood. Parish Outreach attends to the needs of the homeless, the bereaved, the handicapped, the sick and the dying. Parish Outreach also welcomes new members to the parish, hosts parish activities and receptions, and provides coffee and donuts after Sunday masses. Parish Outreach is open to all adult parishioners. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM.
Parish Outreach is comprised of various committees:
Bereavement provides comfort and support to the bereaved under the direction of Father Andy. A reception (hosted by Outreach members) or a deli tray is offered to the family.
The Blanket Ministry meets the second Thursday of each month September through May from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Volunteers cut material, sew pockets on the blankets and insert prayer cards and rosaries in the pocket. They are then blessed with the intention of covering the needy recipient with prayer.
Direct Assistance makes lunches every Sunday morning for Labor Ready workers, organizes Food Distribution Days every other month, and makes and serves dinners at Sulzbacher Shelter and Mercy Network Outreach Program several times a year.
Contact: Rhonda Biroschik / 291-2123/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Blessing provides food baskets and gifts for the holidays.
The Rosary Makers group makes cord rosaries to be given out to the missionaries overseas and in the U.S. Materials are provided. The Rosary group gathers every Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
Senior Services identifies the needs of the Senior population of the parish and provides assistance on an individual or group basis and plans events including weekly Cracker Barrel Days and monthly Game Days.
Contact: Lynn Davis / 859-8755
Special Needs tends to the needs of our parishioners including sitting with someone who is ill, providing rides to doctors’ appointments or church, and collecting and delivering clothing and needed supplies to Clay Hill Elementary School.
American Heritage Girls
Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. “American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.”
Meetings on every Monday at 6:00pm in the Hall.
Contact: Christy Arnold/ email@example.com
Special Events Coordinator
Mission Statement: To use my artistic abilities and knowledge of culinary arts to make all the Special Events here at St. Luke eventful, so that all can share and enjoy the fellowship. I am the Special Events coordinator for St. Luke’s and am involved with the other ministries when a Special Events function arises. I have an outstanding team of ladies who are wonderful, they play a major part in the functions. I am very well versed in the ins and out of the catering world as I have attended Johnson and Wales Culinary School. We do perform all the Special Events such as the recent celebration of Father’s Rooney’s 50 year anniversary. We do not meet formally, however most of my ladies including myself attend the 8:15 AM Mass. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in assisting.
Contact: Judy Stamer /291-0793 / firstname.lastname@example.org