Ministry Opportunities

Ministry Opportunities

Every person has gifts and talent given by God. Every person is called to live out their Baptismal call to discipleship by sharing those gifts and talents for the common good. We invite you to join others at St. Luke’s sharing gifts and talents to love, care for, and minister to our parishioners and neighbors.

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Liturgical Ministries Parish Ministry & Pastoral Care Urban Ministry/Food Pantry Parish Organizations/Administration

“Every Catholic is called to be an active member of the worshiping assembly at Mass” ~ The Second Vatican Council.

Liturgical Ministry

  • Special Ministers of the Eucharist: It is through the breaking and sharing of the bread that we come to know the Risen Lord. This ministry involves the distribution of the Eucharist during Mass. The Evangelization Committee provides Annual Training and on-going support for all Ministers. Special Ministers of the Eucharist will be commissioned annually by the Bishop’s Office.

  • Readers: Through the hearing of the proclaimed Word of God, we come to faith. This ministry is exercised by proclaiming the Word during Mass or other liturgical celebrations. The Evangelization Committee provides Annual Training and on-going support for all Readers.

  • Altar Servers: This ministry is open to both girls and boys who have made their First Communion and have reached third grade. It involves serving at weekend Masses or other liturgical celebrations.

  • Ushers:  This ministry is important in creating a warm friendly atmosphere when parishioners and visitors enter the church. It includes arranging seating for parishioners, preparing the offertory procession, taking up the collection and distributing of the bulletin. Teens are welcome to sign up for this great ministry.

  • Greeters: Greeters assist and welcome parishioners and visitors as they enter the Church. Creating a welcoming atmosphere is an important part of this ministry. (Families can participate together)

  • St. Luke’s Choir & Musicians: This ministry involves singing or playing an instrument at Mass and for special occasions as well as attending weekly rehearsals.

  • Adult Altar Servers: This ministry is open to adults available to serve at weekday funeral Masses or other liturgical celebrations.

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Parish Ministry & Pastoral Care

St. Luke’s Pastoral Care Ministry is rooted in the Gospel mandate and after the example of Jesus to comfort the sick and dying. Recognizing the clear connection between spirituality, faith, healing and well-being, Pastoral Care Ministry serves to bring the healing presence of the Eucharist to those who are homebound, in nursing homes or other health care facilities and to those who are in the hospital. This comforting and special ministry provides prayer, guidance, advocacy, education and counseling in concert with the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. There are several ministries under the umbrella of Pastoral Care:

Visitation Ministry

Through personal visits, members of the Visitation Ministry bring the presence of Jesus through the Eucharist and the prayers and love of St. Luke’s community to those who are home bound, in hospitals, nursing homes or other health care facilities.

Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry is available to bring a sense of comfort and hope to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This ministry also provides spiritual resources to grieving families through spiritual and prayer resources, pastoral counseling, and Bereavement Support Groups. The Bereavement Ministry also assists in the annual All Souls Day Memorial Mass celebrated on November 2.

Prayer Chain Ministry

The Prayer Chain Ministry is a telephone chain whereby prayer requests are passed on to the next person in the link. Those who are contacted pray for the requests and needs of those who ask for prayers.

The Martha Ministry

The Martha Ministry is patterned after Martha’s hospitality to Jesus in the Gospel. The ministers provide baked goods for parish events, programs and activities.

Urban Ministry

Peg Anderton, M.Div.; DMin
Pastoral Associate
stlukescares@gmail.com
518-347-9955

St. Luke’s Urban Ministry is a ministry of personal contact, advocacy, referral and counseling aimed at raising the quality of life within the parish and wider community. St. Luke’s has made a commitment to implementing new and innovative urban initiatives with the goal of congregational and community renewal. The Pastoral Associate for Parish & Urban Ministry will coordinate efforts with parishioners, the Central State Street Neighborhood Association, neighborhood residents, businesses and community groups to address issues related to quality of life, safety and personal and communal empowerment.

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Food Pantry/Urban Ministry

Peg Anderton, M.Div.; DMin
Pastoral Associate
stlukescares@gmail.com
518-347-9955

The Daily Bread Food Pantry

Mary Jane Smith, Coordinator
mjhyland8@gmail.com
(518) 347-1385

The Daily Bread Food Pantry is the second largest food pantry in Schenectady County. Annually the pantry provides over 80,000 parcels of food to our most vulnerable neighbors.

The pantry is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm and is staffed by volunteers from St. Luke’s and surrounding parishes as well as other community members. The Food Pantry does not discriminate on the basis of Creed, ethnic background, lifestyle or color. All who are in need are served.

Funding for The Daily Bread Food pantry is made possible in several ways:

  • St. Luke’s monthly food collection
  • Donations of grocery items and monetary donations from local parishes, agencies and organizations
  • State and Federal grants
  • Individual gifts and donations

For food requests, to volunteer, or for more information, call (518) 347-1385.

“The Daily Bread Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.”

St. Luke’s Urban Ministry is a ministry of personal contact, advocacy, referral and counseling aimed at raising the quality of life within the parish and wider community. St. Luke’s has made a commitment to implementing new and innovative urban initiatives with the goal of congregational and community renewal. The Pastoral Associate for Parish & Urban Ministry will coordinate efforts with parishioners, the Central State Street Neighborhood Association, neighborhood residents, businesses and community groups to address issues related to quality of life, safety and personal and communal empowerment. Examples of initiatives/collaborative partnerships involving St. Luke’s Urban Ministry:

Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community

Schenectady STRONG Initiative

Schenectady STRONG is a partnership of law enforcement, social services, the faith community, and the citizens most affected by violence in our community.  The message of this deterrence effort is: The violence MUST stop!

Annual Streetscape Project

Parishioners are invited in the fall and spring to engage in a neighborhood beautification project with our neighbors.

Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community

A coordinated, efficient, and effective way to identify and resolve community health needs with a particular focus on the needs of underserved populations and neighborhoods.

Parish Organizations/Administration

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council, in the spirit of servant leadership, and in partnership with the Pastoral Staff and other parish ministries, is called to: listen to the parishioners’ pastoral and spiritual needs, help discern the parish direction, plan for the future, and support the implementation of the parish mission.

Building & Grounds Committee

This committee is very actively involved in maintaining and enhancing the beauty of our Church building and property. You do not need any special skills to be a part of this team!

Clerical Volunteers

We sometimes need volunteers to assist with bulk mailings or other special projects.