October 31, 2014
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Pastoral Council

The role of the Pastoral Council is to assist the pastor with carrying out the mission of the parish.  This includes strategic planning, analysis and prioritizing the needs of the parish community.  The council also serves as the communicative arm of the parish, by keeping the parishioners informed of business, social and faith initiatives and activities within the parish and community.  The following commisions have representatives on the pastoral council:
 
Liturgy Commision
 
The Liturgy Commision assists the pastor in the planning of the liturgical year.  This includes planning prayer services, seasonal decorations in church, penance services, and special services or Masses.  The liturgy Committee consists of members of the parish who volunteer their time and input.  Any member of the parish may be on the committee.
 
Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion consists of adult men and women who assist the priests in the distribution of Holy Communion at Eucharistic Liturgies.  Contact:  Rectory, 644-2144.
 
Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Sick
These ministers bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.  Some Extra-ordinary Ministers assist the Clergy in their Sacarmental visitations.  Contact:  Rectory, 644-2144.
 
Gift Bearers
Parishioners carry the gifts of bread, wine and the gifts of Treasure to the altar at the Offertory.  Contact:  Rectory, 644-2144.
 
Adult and Youth Servers
Parishioners who are at least 10 years old or older assist the priests in the Celebration of the Eucharist.  Contact: Rectory, 644-2144.
 
Lectors
The Lectors proclaim the Word of God in the Eucharistic Liturgy and other special liturgies.  Lectors are assigned to all Eucharistic Liturgies on Sundays and Holy Days.  Contact:  Saundra Bryan, 909-0636.
 
Greeters
The Ministry of Greeter welcomes all to the Liturgy.  Contact:  Rectory, 644-2144.
 
Ushers
The Ministry of Usher serves the community of St. Luke's at its Sunday Eucharistic celebrations.  Contact:  Nick Calandro,481-8699.
 
Choir
Leads the congregation in song for the Sunday Liturgies, as well as all major liturgical celebrations for the parish.  Membership is open to all adults and high school students of the parish and community who love to sing.  The St. Luke's Choir begins in September through early June.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM in the Church and Sunday at 9:20 AM before the 10:00 AM Mass.  Contact:  David Byrne, 644-2144.
 
Children's Liturgy
This program is designed to let children ages 6 - 11 participate in the Gospel at their age level at the 10 AM Sunday Mass.  Adult leaders are used to prepare activities and present material to assist the children in understanding the message of the Gospel.  Contact:  Felice Nighbor, 962-4776.
 
Christian Service Commision
 
The Chistian Service Commission involves itself in personal and social justice ministry through direct service, legislative advocacy, and educational programs.  Works with other groups in implementing projects.  Contact:  Dianne Burpee, 645-8066.
 
Advent Angels and Tree of Hope
Advent Angels are sponsored at Chistmas and Tree of Hope is sponsored at Easter.  These are direct projects which benefit the needy, both in our own area and the inner city.
 
Pro Life
The Pro Life Committee operates within the guidelines of the Archdiocese Pro Life Committee.  It promotes activities on the parish level to increase awareness and understanding of issues dealing with abortion, euthanasia, and other quality of life issues.
 
Guardian Angels
The Guardian Angels is made up of parishioners who reach out to new parishioners.
 
Helping Hands
Helping hands members are those who are willing to help in a concrete way when fellow parishioners need meals or other TLC at times of illness, a family member's death, or other circumstances when they may need support.
 
Finance Commision
 
The finance commision assists the pastor and deals with all matters of the parish finances.  It is responsible for the parish's accountability, maintenance, projects and overall stewardship.  The commision also organizes the yearly Annual Catholic Appeal in the spring of each year.  The appeal supports the many charitable organizations of the Archdiocese.  Each year the commision also administers a Stewardship program in the fall.  Stewardship is a vital part of our Catholic heritage and our challange to live a Christian life.  Time, Talent and Treasure cards are filled in by each parishioner allowing them to renew commitments to various ministries and organizations and financial support.  The finance committee meets the third Saturday of each month in the rectory.  Contact:  Tom Kubsh, 963-1626.
  
Christian Education & Formation Commision
 
The Christian Education and Formation Commision promotes education programs for parishioners.  The purpose of these programs is to provide opportunities for for continuing religious education and spiritual growth of our parish.
 
Adult Education
Help plan, organize and publicize adult religious education programs for parishioners.  Maintain a resource center in the foyer of the Church which has a variety of materials for adult faith development.  Contact:  Al Dowling, 781-2603.
 
RCIA
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program for adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.  This program works in union with the staffs of our cluster parishes.  Contact:  Rectory, 644-2144.
 
PSR - Parish School of Religion
 
Religious Instruction for students attending public school (Grades 1-12).  Classes are taught at Immaculate Conception Parish in Maplewood.  For information call 645-3307.

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