Description: The Parish Pastoral Council comes together with the Parish Priest to share responsibility for the development of our parish community of faith and respond to the pastoral needs of all the people of the parish family. Councilors meet monthly to reflect upon the life of the parish, seeks opportunity for parishioners to grow in holiness and fulfil personal and communal call to mission.
Parish Pastoral Council is NOT a management or administrative body. The management and administration of the parish are the responsibility of the Parish Priest of the parish with the assistance of parish staff. Parish Pastoral Council is playing a vital role in the Parish Life.
Contact: Louise Missen
Description: The Finance Committee helps the Parish Priest in the administration of the parish finances. The members of Finance Committee meet together according to need to discuss the finances of the parish and to recommend strategic planning. They are the parishioners who have professional credentials in areas such as finance, business, education, law, and accounting.
Finance Committee is NOT a management or administrative body. The management and administration of the parish are the responsibility of the Parish Priest of the parish with the assistance of parish staff. Finance Committee is playing a vital role in the Parish Life.
Contact: George Mansour
Description: The Liturgy Committee comprises parishioners who meet at regular intervals to evaluate and plan the celebration of the Eucharist for the Liturgical Seasons and other key note celebrations such as the Parish Feast Day.
The Liturgical Seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are of major importance in the life of the parish.
Other devotions for instance: St Charbel and St Luke Feast day, the Stations of the Cross and Parish Reconciliation Services or celebrations that occur on a Sunday.
Description: The Social/Fundraising Committee comprises of a parishioners of our parish who meet with the Parish Priest on a regular basis to plan and execute various Social events throughout the year.
The aim of the St. Luke’s Social/Fundraising Committee is to work, as a Sub-Committee of the Parish Pastoral Council, with the various groups in the Parish to provide a range of opportunities for members of the Parish Community to gather socially in order to build on and enrich their experience of belonging to a supportive and vibrant faith community.
Our focus is on planning a variety of social or fundraising activities that have appeal for as broad a cross section of the Parish community as possible. We endeavour to place these on the Calendar at appropriate times of the year to give a reasonably even spread of activities for the various demographic groups within the Parish.
We enthusiastically welcome anyone who would like to join the Social/Fundraising Committee, contribute ideas and/or help with events.
Contact: Loretta Khoury
Description: St Luke’s Parish has a number of buildings that needs to be maintained. This is the chance for parishioners to use their skills and talents to maintain parish buildings. Well maintained facilities create the atmosphere for people to meet and worship Jesus Christ. The parish is always in need of:
- General handymen
Working bees to tidy the Church ground are usually held before Christmas and before Easter.
We enthusiastically welcome anyone who would like to join the Maintenance Committee, contribute ideas and/or help with maintenance.
Contact: Jerome Beeson
Description: Updating and maintaining parish IT and Social Media.
Contact: Parish Office.
“Everyone is enriched when everyone shares time, talents and resources. We need to ensure that those in any kind of need are assisted.”
Description: St Luke’s Stewardship Program began in 2000 as a means of regular planned contributions of the parishioners for the maintenance of the parish buildings as well as the upkeep of the parish Priest.
“A Christian Steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.”
The emphasis of the Program is “THIS IS OUR HOME!” and it follows that we are all responsible for its upkeep and care. The outcome of the Program is that we can all feel that we are in a partnership with fellow parishioners as we are all making our individual efforts to sustain our beautiful Church, Parish Hall and Center and gardens and at the same time hand it on to future parishioners who will follow us in years to come.
“Faith without action is empty. God calls us through our faith to continue with all the gifts we have been given. By our actions and giving our Father will know us.”
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Prayer of Faithful Stewards
We give you thanks for the inspiration of your Holy Spirit
as we reflect on the gospel call to exercise Christ’s stewardship
on our journey of faith.
We ask you to guide us in our discernment and show us how to be
faithful in the plans we make, the actions we take, and the love we
share on our pilgrim way.
Give us the courage to find wisdom in our sacrifices, joy in our
generosity, and hope in the compassion we show, especially to those
most in need of your comfort and care.
Create in us a more open heart and a greater awareness of our
need to grow, to change, to be transformed, so that we may be
better stewards of your gifts for the good of all. Amen.
Description: This Ministry involves:
- Preparing the Altar for Mass (water, wine, candles, hosts, etc.)
- Directing the Altar Servers
- Liaising with Projectionists, Musicians and Readers
- Assisting the Priest/s during Mass
- Packing up after Mass
- Occasionally assisting at Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms
- Occasionally bringing Communion to homes/hospital/aged care
Acolytes and Senior Servers meet if/when the Priest requests a meeting.
Contact: Russell Rodrigo.
Description: The ministry of Altar Server is a great privilege that is taken up by only a few people in the church. It is believed to have existed, in various forms, as early as the 3rd Century in the Catholic Church.
Altar Servers have an active role in the Order of the Mass. They assist the priest during the Mass. Equally as important, they assist the community in prayer through their actions and symbolism during the Mass. In our parish of St Luke’s, altar serving is open to any Catholic boy or girl in Year 4 at school or older. To be the Altar Server, you must have made your First Reconciliation and received First Holy Communion. After some initial training, Servers are placed on the roster with more experienced Servers in order to develop their confidence and understanding of the role.
By volunteering to become an Altar Server, you are entering a ministry of service where reverence, dedication and commitment are needed in order to perform the role properly. Being a Server becomes a part of your identity that travels with you through life and the commitment by the Server is very much a commitment by their family.
Contact: Terrie Yule.
Description: The Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion distribute Communion during Mass. Ministers collect a cross before Mass so the Acolyte can identify how many Ministers can assist during the Mass. Those wishing to become Ministers undertake training and are commissioned by the Parish Priest for this Ministry.
Description: The Lectors commentate before Mass and read from the Bible during Mass. Lectors meet 1-2 times per year in the Church at the discretion of the Lectors’ Coordinator.
Description: Musicians lead in singing and in playing music at our weekend Masses. Musicians schedule their own meetings to practice their Church hymns. One musician from each group currently provides the list of hymns that will be played to the Projectionist Coordinator (for the slides) and the Parish Secretary (for Copyright purposes).
Musicians generally play and sing during the following parts of Mass: Entrance, Offertory, Communion, Reflection and Recession.
Description: Count money from collections every Sunday from 8:15 am to 9:30 am. Wardens ask Parishioners to assist with collections during Mass. The 1st Collection is allocated to support the needs of the Priests of the Parish. 2nd collection is allocated to support the maintenance and buildings for the Parish.
A wonderful group of parishioners who welcome mass attendees into the church before the mass and the Parish community.
Description: The Altar Society (Linen ministry) involves cleaning the used Altar Linen each week. This ministry operates on a roster system, with each person taking it in turns to clean the Altar Linen.
Description: Parish Movie time is a way for us to gather and explore themes of the Faith in film.
St Luke Cinema Team is organising and hosting a parish movie.
- Parish Movie Nights are taking place on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 6:00pm at Parish Centre follow by a short discussion.
- Seniors Movies Morning are taking place on the Tuesday after the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00am at the Parish Centre follow by a short discussion.
These are a great and fun way to increase parishioners engagement by attracting parishioners of different ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups. Everyone loves a good movie!
All parishioners are welcome and encourage to enjoy a fun-filled movie time together with popcorn!
Description: Volunteers are rostered to clean the Church every week on a 5-week roster system.
Description: Computer Operators who assist at Mass by operating the computer that transmits the words of prayers and hymns to large overhead screens for the benefit of congregational participation. Our operators simply need to be comfortable working on a computer. Computer Operators control the PowerPoint slides on the computer during the weekend Masses (Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday 7:30 am, Sunday 9:00 am and Sunday 6:00 pm).
Where there is no music or musicians are unable to control the Computer Operators assist them by navigating through the slides during Mass.
If this will require the Computer Operators will receive complete training and have access to a reference guide. They also have support throughout their involvement in their ministry.
Contact: Parish Office.
Description: The Floral Arrangers decorate the Church every week with floral arrangements to enhance the Altar and welcoming of the Church.
Contact: Loretta Khoury
Description: The care and maintains of the grounds of the Parish.
Contact: Parish Office.
Description: Take Eucharist to and visit those unable to attend Mass. Eucharistic visits to include the sharing of fellowship and friendship with our homebound parishioners.
Description: The Piety Stall sells religious gifts in the back foyer of the Church after Mass. This allows Parishioners to conveniently buy religious goods without needing to travel.
Contact: Parish Office.
Description: The Hospitality ministry involves the buying of goods and the preparation of the Parish Centre for morning tea after the 9 am Mass on Sunday. Volunteers are rostered a few times a year.
Description: Volunteers visit and take Communion to the Catholic residents of Beechwood Nursing Home. Volunteers also pray for those in Beechwood who are unable to receive Communion. Mass is celebrated at Beechwood once a month.
Description: Volunteers visit and take Communion to the Catholic residents of Opal Aged Care. Volunteers are also involved in social activities with residents of the Opal. Mass is celebrated at Opal once a month.
Description: To provide care and compassion to those who have experienced the loss of loved ones. Appointments are arranged with the families to organise funeral services.
Description: Fortnightly on Thursday’s a group of members gather in the Parish/School hall to share friendship and activities in a social environment.
Contact: Jan Dougherty
Description: The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor, with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society. In the local Parish the main focus of the Society is:
- To assist people who are unemployed or underemployed by conducting home visits, and providing company and assistance with food and utility bills
- To assist with providing emergency shelter and housing
- To raise money and/or provisions to help those in need
Contact: Peter Griffith