Aid for Friends – contact: Kathy Cassidy
This program provides meals for the isolated homebound. Simply fill a tray with a balanced meal (usually leftovers from dinner), freeze the tray, and place in the freezer at church in the room just off the parking lot by the chain-linked fence. Call the rectory for the access code for the door.
Angels of Mercy – contact: Parish Office, 215-572-0128
Angels of Mercy volunteers provide assistance in meaningful but uncomplicated ways: Giving someone a ride to church, the doctor, hospital, or supermarket; Visiting, or reading aloud to, a sick or homebound parishioner; Providing an hour of respite or so to a tired caregiver; regular phone calls to check up on someone living alone or experiencing health concerns; pet therapy for individuals without allergies (by special arrangement). If you, or someone you know, could use some help, please do not hesitate to call Angels of Mercy.
Bereavement Support Group for Friends and Family – contact: Jeanne Kyle, 215-572-0128
A professional counselor facilitates this support group which meets on alternate Tuesdays (September to December, March or April to June) at the Chapel House. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend. Spring 2017 schedule
Hearts and Hands Quilting Group – contact: Bonnie Dalzell
This interfaith group meets the second Friday of every month to make machine-assembled quilts for charity. A time for prayer is also part of the day. The group began with the Quilts for Kosovo project in April 1999.
Peace and Justice Forum – contact: Mitch Harbison
This group is interested in increasing parish awareness of and in deepening parish work for peace and justice. Projects include: Gift Cards for Haiti, benefit dinners and other fundraisers for Haiti, collections of gifts for those served by St. John’s Hospice, Women of Hope, and Depaul House, Advent prayer cards, guest speakers, Lenten study groups, recycling, and summer movie series. Group usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the rectory. The next Haiti Benefit Dinner will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Persons with Disabilities – contact: Anna Filmyer (Parish Disability Contact), email@example.com
Anna is our representative in the Archdiocesan Disability Parish Contact Program. The mission of this program is to assist the parish in offering welcome and access to people of all abilities to full parish participation. If you or someone you know has a disability and would like to meet with our parish contact please feel free to contact Anna.
Remembrance Card Ministry – contact: Karen Donahue
Members of the group act on behalf of the entire Church community in offering condolences to recently bereaved families and remember them throughout the year on Christmas and Easter.
Refugee Resettlement Coalition – contact Mary Dhand, firstname.lastname@example.org
The group works with the other churches in a coalition to assist in the resettlement of refugees from the Congo who arrived in the US at the end of August 2016.
Right-to-Life Committee – contact: Kelly Foley
This committee embraces the Church’s teachings on the sacredness of human life and aims to apply them through activities in the parish, school, and local community. Committee members pledge to promote a greater respect for human life—at all stages of its development, from conception to natural death—through prayer, education, fundraising, and peaceful action that will change hearts and minds in order to re-establish the culture of life in our nation.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – contact: Parish Office, 215-572-0128
This group visits those in need offering moral and material comfort. Anyone in need may contact this group for confidential help with food, clothing, and bills. Donations enable the Society to accomplish its mission. Envelopes for donations can be found in church.
The Society also welcomes the donation of vehicles (generally newer than 14 years old)-cars, trucks, vans, boats, or motorcycles—working or not. All you need to do is to provide the vehicle’s title and they will do the rest, including free towing. You will receive a receipt that makes your donation tax-deductible. Call 215-288-8160.
St. John’s Hospice – contact: Mary Fran McNamara or Tina Dean
St. John’s Hospice is located in Philadelphia at 1221 Race St. The Archdiocese has operated the Hospice since 1963 to help inner-city homeless men. St. John’s feeds a hot meal to over 500 men each day. It also provides temporary living quarters for 39 men where they can shower, shave, and experience the comfort of a clean bed in a safe and caring surrounding. The Hospice provides counselors to help the men with the causes of their homelessness and works to help them correct their problems. There are health professionals to attend to minor health problems and there is an eleven-bed facility for men with serious medical problems.
Donations of food (casseroles), clothing, toilet articles, and simple medical supplies (aspirin, cold tablets, band aids, etc.) are needed and welcome. Easy casserole recipes are located at the rear of the church and at saintjohnshospice.org/recipes/. Pans are located in church. Please bring frozen casseroles and other donations to the rectory porch prior to 9 am on our Donation Days, the third Monday of each month.
St. Malachy Food Collection – contact: Ed Heffernan
This group gathers, sorts, packs, and delivers the food brought by St. Luke parishioners for the needy in the area of St. Malachy’s Church in North Philadelphia. Collection boxes are located at the church doors.
Triest Hall – contact: Brother John FitzGerald, FC, 215-887-6361
The Brothers of Charity sponsor and operate Triest Hall, a group-living home for adults with mild mental retardation. The home is on a 6.5 acre estate at 7720 Doe Lane, Laverock, Cheltenham Township, and has capacity for eight residents. The program provides group living skills including housekeeping, cooking, shopping, socialization, and problem solving. The program also provides personal skills including hygiene, self advocacy, employment search (where appropriate), money management, and use of leisure time. The method used at Triest Hall is one of common living modeled on L’Arche style of living. It is designed so that the residents learn from staff and each other. There is total shared living with respect for individual privacy needs. Volunteers fulfill a very important role in assisting the staff of Triest Hall in various ways. They provide or assist the staff in recreational, social outings, one-to-one buddy activities, assistance with skill training, driving to or from work, appointments, church outings, arts and crafts, in-house parties and special events. They also assist in fundraising and development activities.
We have not included telephone numbers of parishioners, other than staff members. St. Luke parishioners may consult their Parish Guidebook & Directory for contact information. Others may contact the parish office, 215-572-0128.