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Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry supports parish families who have lost a loved one. The Bereavement Ministry supports the family by providing food for the reception after the internment. Volunteers may sign up to provide food or to help serve and clean-up. The ministry is also in need of people to serve as coordinators, taking on the responsibilities of contacting the family of the deceased, calling volunteers for food donations and ensuring set-up and clean-up go smoothly. Contact: Marty in the Parish Office at 433-2777 ext. 115, or Stella Saunders at 647-7816.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis facilitates the spiritual, emotional and personal transformation of incarcerated individuals, those formerly incarcerated, and their families. Chrysalis an interfaith agency, began in 1941 with a small group of local pastors who provided worship services and pastoral counseling at the County Jail. Chrysalis staff and volunteers provide religious services, support groups, and/or educational classes in 10 adult and juvenile detention and treatment facilities in the San Antonio Metropolitan and Karnes City areas. A wide variety of religious and social services are provided at the Family Renewal Center (FRC) to those formerly incarcerated: assistance with basic necessities of food and clothing; employment assistance through job readiness and job referrals; support group meetings; English as a Second Language; licensed mental health counseling; public utilities assistance (when funding is available); and special children's programs, among other services. Volunteer opportunities include Clerical Aide, File Clerk, Child Care Provider, Special Events Assistant, Office Assistant, Life Skills Class Facilitators (Anger Awareness & 12-Step Substance Recovery). Contact: Ralf Meneses at 363-1983.

Communion to the Homebound

The ministry seeks to serve the homebound of our parish, who are ill and unable to attend Mass, and those who are temporarily recovering from surgery/hospitalization. Our mission is to manifest faith and support these individuals through the celebration of prayer and distribution of Eucharist in their homes. This ministry welcomes volunteers who are extraordinary ministers of communion and are interested in providing one-hour weekly visits to our homebound parishioners. Contact: Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext. 119 or vivian.cantu@stlukecatholic.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity works to give a hand-up (not a hand-out) to a hardworking family in need of a decent, affordable home by providing the sponsorship, funds and volunteers to actually help the family build their new home without interest or profit. This ministry raises funds for the construction costs of a Habitat house, and enlists volunteers for construction, telephoning, snacks/drinks/meals for construction volunteers, and parish volunteers to pray for the success of the project and the safety of construction volunteers. It is one of the few ministries in which everyone can play a roll and can view with pride the progress of a house being built, and then witness a final finished home and a very happy family. The population served, in addition to giving many volunteers opportunity, is the family chosen by Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio after a rigorous process (which helps ensure that the family will be able to afford the mortgage and upkeep of the home). Volunteer opportunities: donate funds, pray, make phone calls, work construction, or donate/deliver lunch or snacks. These activities can range from a few minutes to a day or more at the construction site. Contacts: Homer and Sue Fetzer at 434-5475.

Healing Hearts - Bereavement Support Group

The Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Group is a ministry of consolation that provides support and comfort in a safe and confidential setting with others who are also experiencing pain of grief and together will help each other understand the process of grieving. This is a six week program held twice a year. Meetings focus on the grieving process, the phases and faces of grief, dealing with feelings, living with memories, getting through the special days, living in the present, and building toward the future. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (210) 433-2777 ext. 110.

Little Flower Outreach Program

Help us to bring cheer and blessings to Veteran patients at the VA Hospital. Many times, our hospitalized veterans have no visitors. This program of volunteers delivers flowers to their rooms to bring about joy, and a smile, in knowing that someone is thinking of them in their time of struggle. Please consider donating fresh flowers, from your home or garden, or small vases you may have around the house. Flowers will be delivered on the last Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. If you would like to help deliver flowers, please call Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext. 119.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is one of three programs provided by Christian Senior Services. St. Luke's Meals on Wheels is one of many volunteer sites that provides drivers that deliver hot nutritious meals to needy seniors and disabled persons in our immediate geographical area. We began volunteering our services in April of 1994 with about five volunteers and 9-10 clients. We now have 17 volunteers for two separate routes, each with approximately 16 clients. Each route is delivered in about one hour, and the total driving distance is from six to ten miles. For more information about this ministry contact Tina Hoffman at 614-4454. For information about Meals on Wheels of San Antonio go to www.christianseniorservices.org.

Nursing Home Ministry

The mission of the Nursing Home Ministry is to serve those residents living in four nearby nursing homes by providing a weekly Catholic communion service and visiting those that are bedbound in their rooms. This ministry is composed of over 40 volunteers (extraordinary ministers of communion and talented musicians) who give unselfishly of their time and commitment throughout the entire year. Additionally, every year, the Nursing Home Ministry facilitates a Christmas Angel Tree program by providing the residents with a small Christmas gift, usually personal necessities such as socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, robes, blankets, etc. Interested volunteers should contact Vivian Cantu at 433-2777 ext. 119 or vivian.cantu@stlukecatholic.org.

Respect Life Ministry

The Respect Life ministry strives to promote and support activities in our parish and archdiocese that emphasize the importance of respecting the life and dignity of every person from conception to death. The ministry helps to educate our parishioners on key themes and guidelines pertaining to Respect Life as proclaimed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). According to the USCCB, the right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace. We invite you to learn more about this important ministry by contacting Liz Ortiz at 433-2777 ext. 119.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mon-Fri 10am-2pm 210-431-7794

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. The St. Luke Conference, comprising 34 volunteer Vincentians, is open to help the needy four hours per day, five days per week. Volunteers can assist the conference as office workers or case workers, or they may work organizing and distributing food and clothing during their once a week, two-to-four hour commitment. During the last year, our Vincentians accumulated 6,749 volunteer hours helping 6,968 people with food, clothing, and household items as well as rental and utility assistance valued at approximately $130,000. Our conference’s ability to provide this amount of financial help is only through the generosity of our parishioners. Contact Person: Richard Juarez @ richardjuarez34@yahoo.com or 433-277 x127.

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