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Arts & Crafts Show

St. Luke Catholic School’s “Focus on Christmas” annual Arts & Craft Show is held in November. It provides an opportunity to support local artisans while supporting the school effort in raising money for expenses. Entertainment is provided by school children. Lunch is sold. Over 40 artisans are featured. Christmas decorations, candles, jewelry, woodwork, painting, clothes, and much more are sold. Artisans are given an opportunity to apply for the Craft Show. A committee decides who will participate based on creativity, cost, and originality. Volunteers help at the door, with selling raffle tickets, and assisting artisans. Contact: Lisa Holguin at 286-2489 or Mholguin@aol.com.

Beyond Cana Marriage Enrichment Retreat

You love your spouse very much. There is no one you would rather spend time with, but over the past few years that time together has been filled with children, job pressures, in-laws and just daily living. Consider this: a quiet weekend with your spouse in the Hill Country where you can spend quality time alone together and revitalize your marriage. You will learn to use effective communication tools in a spiritual, non-threatening setting. Our Parish will hold a Beyond Cana Marriage Enrichment Retreat April 8-10 in Boerne, Texas. For more information or to register for the retreat, please contact the parish office or email Ernie MacDonald at erniemac22@gmail.com or Roxann MacDonald at roxannmac29@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Troop 405

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. We meet at 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria on the first, second and third Tuesday of each month. We conduct flag ceremonies at various functions for different organizations, do service projects within the community and assist the St. Luke Men’s Club at the Wild Game Dinner. We conduct monthly campouts for the Scouts in Troop 405, whereby they learn to appreciate the outdoors and work on various rank advancements and survival skills. Our website is www.satroop405.org. Our email address is satxtroop405@gmail.com. Contact: Ino Badillo, Scoutmaster, at 210-485-9686.

CALM: Catholic and Loving Motherhood

With a focus on faith, friendship, service, and survival, CALM hopes to connect St. Luke's moms and make Catholic family life that much better. Starting the last day of March, we'll be offering weekly daytime and weekend activities, bi-weekly meetings, monthly service projects, and quarterly speakers. We'll also be organizing playgroups, mom's night out excursions, new mom care, and a babysitting rotation for date nights. See our upcoming events below for specific information. No matter what the event, kids are welcome even if it's not geared toward them.

Find Catholic and Loving Motherhood-St. Luke on facebook or email us at calm.stluke@gmail.com for more information about our group

Bible Story Time: Every Monday at 9:30 a.m. bring your kiddos (ages 0-5) to hear the following Sunday's Gospel story. We'll sing songs, do crafts, and have a group activity to help the kids understand as much as possible. Moms will also have the chance to chat and give their own insights to the readings. Meetings are in the Parish Center, Room 211.

Faith Sharing and Survival: Every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. a general fellowship meeting to talk about our vocation to motherhood and marriage, Christ's teachings on living a blessed family life, and all the simple things moms need to get through the day, like organization tips and recipes.

Stroll and Walk: Get a little exercise every Monday and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. We'll meet in front of the Parish Hall doors and spend about 30 minutes trekking through nearby neighborhoods, weather permitting.

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts is a youth-oriented national organization that focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service for boys in grades 1 through 5. At St. Luke, Cub Scout Pack #405 is open to any boy in our parish/school community. Opportunities exist to volunteer as a member of the pack leadership team or to get involved as an adult partner. Contact Javier Aguilar, Pack Committee Chair, at Javier.Aguilar@mhshealth.com or 355-8309.

Elizabeth Ministry

In scripture, we read about the story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. As Elizabeth Ministers, we follow Mary’s example and visit with people to share the sacredness of all life. People are the reflection of the presence of God and we have a responsibility to safeguard this image. We are called to imitate the love of God by affirming, encouraging, supporting, promoting, and fostering the dignity and worth of every person. Elizabeth Ministers offer support to women during pregnancy, pregnancy complications, miscarriage, infant death, infertility, adoption and special outcomes. All visits are confidential. Elizabeth Ministers are not professional counselors, but simply women answering the call to express spiritual concern for other women. For information or referral, call the Parish Office at 433-2777 ext. 110.

ENDOW

ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is a series of studies to help women discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. ENDOW provides women with a forum through which to explore and understand what it means to be a feminine person created in God's image. Any woman, age 18 on up, can lead or join a study group of 4 to 12 members. The leader/facilitator and members of the group chose a location and one day of the week to meet for 2 hours for their chosen study plan, consisting of 8 lessons. All reading and discussion takes place at each meeting without homework. A few of the study titles/topics are: Letter to Women, Of Human Life, Discover Your Dignity Part I and Part II, On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, Mother of the Redeemer, and Light of the Nations- The Constitution on the Church. Contact: Sylvia Alvarado at 520-6619 or sva3491@yahoo.com. Further information ENDOW can be found at endowonline.org.

Friends of the Rosary Ministry

Our mission is to bring people to know, love and serve our Lord Jesus through the recitation and meditation of the Rosary through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary. Our foundation is in response to Our Lady’s message to “pray, pray, pray….pray the rosary daily”. Our members make handmade rosaries and channel them to where they are needed, such as retreats, hospitals, nursing homes, the homebound, schools, worldwide missions, military at home or abroad, community outreach, adoration and the church. This ministry is served by volunteers of all ages and we meet at various times throughout the month. Learn how to become a Rosary-Maker. Contact: Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext.119 or vivian.cantu@stlukecatholic.org.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout Promise and Law reflect that we are a spiritual based organization. Girl Scouts are a valuable asset for the Church’s ministry. They are an excellent vehicle for outreach ministry, which includes service to both St. Luke Catholic Church and School. Our Girl Scout troops form as early as Kindergarten and go through the 8th grade. Some troops have continued through high school. Most meetings are held after school for 1-1/2 hours. Each troop has an adult troop leader and one or more assistant/co-leaders. To join or volunteer, please contact Sherry Cook at 349-2404 ext. 202 or scook@girlscouts-swtx.org. Sherry is at the Girl Scout Regional office and is the leader for the Neff Service Unit which encompasses St. Luke Catholic Church.

Men of Service

The men of service perform acts of service for our community and its parishioners. Our goal is to have an impact on those who attend our church and school while also attending to the needs of our parishioners as well. We are looking for men to join our ministry for service, fellowship, and fun. Talent or skills are not required to serve. We meet every third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. till noon in front of the church. Contact: Richard Gonzalez at 508-3489.

Prayer Blanket Ministry

The mission of this ministry is to provide support and hope in the power of prayer, through the distribution of special prayer blankets to those who are very sick and/or hospitalized, to ICU, cancer, and children patients at Santa Rosa Hospital, to military family members (U.S. and abroad), to the elderly homebound of our parish, and to many different community organizations. Volunteers pray the rosary and offer prayer intentions for the recipients as the blankets are being made. No sewing required. This ministry is a parish-wide service opportunity. Interested volunteers may contact Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext.119 or vivian.cantu@stlukecatholic.org.

Senior Adult Ministry “Oldies But Goodies”

Our Mission is to serve the diverse and growing needs of our senior adult community by creating opportunities for socialization, fellowship, service and spiritual growth. This ministry provides an array of daily activities including bingo, bunco, loteria, exercise and walking groups, line dancing, book club, arts and crafts, seasonal luncheons, special events, spiritual formation, health awareness, day trips, service opportunities and more. All senior adults are welcome, and anyone seeking to volunteer with the ministry should contact Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext. 119 or vivian.cantu@stlukecatholic.org.

Small Faith Communities (English)

The nature of the Catholic Church is communion. Just as our God is a community of Father, Son, and Spirit, we are called to be community and intentionally form small Christian communities where we can pray, learn, fellowship, and serve one another in the Spirit of Christ. Here at St. Luke’s we have many small communities and many more are formed throughout the year. If you are interested in forming a small faith community please contact us for materials and support. (Acts of the Apostles chapters 2-5). Contact: Dr. Antonio Ramirez at 433-2777 ext. 140.

Young Adult Ministry

The St. Luke Young Adult Ministry (YAM) invites young adults 18+ to grow in holiness through prayer, community and service. (“This is what God asks of you, only this…..To act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8) The Mission of the Young Adult Ministry is to encourage growth in relationships with Jesus Christ and other young adults, to commit to living the Gospel in daily life, to advocate and become a voice for social justice, and to serve the least of our brothers and sisters. YAM meets for Young Adult Nights, praise and worship, retreats, leadership development, social events and fundraisers. The ministry welcomes the gifts, energy and vitality of its members in service to the parish and wider community by taking an active role in liturgy. YAM also provides a variety of opportunities for young adults to live their faith through community service including (but not limited to) work with Haven for Hope, St. Vincent de Paul, the homebound, and Habitat for Humanity. Please contact the Director of Young Adult Ministry, Sister Imelda Phelan, CSB, with any questions. She can be reached at sister.imelda@yahoo.com or (210) 432-2787.

Young Professionals

We are searching for Lead for this MInistry, please contact the office if you are interested.

Our mission is to provide an environment that promotes spiritual growth through fellowship, reflection and discussion of Scripture, Church doctrine and other topics. We are a group of young adults (20s, 30s and 40s) that meet for one hour each week to reflect and discuss various aspects of the Catholic/Christian faith, especially in regards to applying our faith in the workplace. We have a mixture of people from different religions, but topics are mainly Catholic in nature. Some of our activities have included attending adoration, feeding the homeless, and praying at local abortion clinics. We also collaborate in activities with the St. Matthew Young Adults (YC3) and Young Adult events of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Please feel free to join us during our regular meeting time on Tuesday nights from 8-9 p.m. The meeting room # will be listed on a white board near the entrance of the Parish Hall.

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