BUILDING A STEWARDSHIP PARISH ON FOUR PILLARS
THE STEWARDSHIP OF SERVICE
Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and Church. Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation. The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and to return God’s gifts—all are needs of parishioners.
Like a blood family, the parish family stands ready and eager collectively to wrap their arms around their brothers and sisters when they suffer in trial and/or celebrate special events in their lives. “God so constructed the body, that there may be no dissension in the body, but that all the members may be concerned for one another. If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members share its joy.” (1 Cor. 12: 24b, 25-26)
Parishioners seek the parish family as a primary community to serve and to be served—-to give and to receive. If a parishioner finds they can serve and be ministered to, they have little need to search elsewhere for this fulﬁllment. Likewise, they have recognized a place where their service is appreciated and utilized for the good of the Church.
But the members of a stewardship parish recognize that they also have a need to give beyond their own members only. They have a need to serve and to give in the diocese, the community and the Universal Church. Failure to have this understanding leads to a selfish parochialism, which is life draining to a parish stewardship way of life. This is a challenge to some parishioners, who are willing to serve their own, but not outsiders. interestingly, if this is the mindset of a particular parish, chances also exist that such a parish does not embrace fully the first pillar of a stewardship parish - namely, hospitality.
The pillar of service is an opportunity for the parish to put into concrete practice the other three pillars mentioned earlier in this document: hospitality, prayer and formation. To say one is a stewardship parish is not enough to make one a stewardship parish. True stewardship parishes practice all four of these pillars, with Jesus Christ as the model and the foundation from which the pillars arise.
Listed below are some of the ways you can grow through the stewardship of service at St. Luke's parish:
SCRIP is a term that means “substitute money". When you purchase SCRIP, you’re purchasing gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You can use SCRIP to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, gifts, gas, and other essentials, and with every purchase, you earn revenue for our Parish. We are always in need of more volunteers for weekend sales. No experience in sales needed, only a friendly and helpful attitude. We have two volunteers for sales at each Mass, each person assigned to work one Mass per month. We need a total of 16 sales people at a minimum.
Social Concerns Team
The Social Concerns Team's purpose is “to lead St. Luke’s Parish in understanding the physical and material needs and the social injustices of our local, rural and global community, and to encourage our parish members to engage in service of those needs, as we become the manifestation of Christ's hands and feet to those we serve". The team meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.
Knights of Columbus (K of C)
The Father Richard E. Gubbels Council 15603 Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization based on the pillars of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. We support the Saint Luke the Evangelist parish and the community as a whole. We have an active Council that sponsors a Boy Scout troop, provides volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and persons with intellectual disabilities and conducts various church, youth and family activities. Council 15603 hosts a Regional Spelling Bee for 4th to 7th grade youth from several parishes in the Des Moines Diocese on an annual basis. Our Council meets at 7:00pm on the Fourth Monday of every month. Meetings last approximately one hour followed by a social time. Any Catholic gentleman age 18 and older is invited to join the Knights.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry creates prayer shawls for those who are in need of comfort or solace. Members of the prayer shawl ministry knit or crochet the shawls as they pray for those who will receive them. The shawls are blessed upon completion and presented with a prayer, a Miraculous Mary medal, and a CD. Our team meets weekly, currently Monday afternoons around 1 p.m., for prayer, lessons, and community love and support.
Volunteers from the parish clean the parish rectory on a biweekly basis. A team of three meets every other Thursday at 9:00 AM. it takes approximately an hour and a half to complete the cleaning.
Stephen Ministry is a one to one conﬁdential Christian caring ministry to people who are hurting. Stephen Ministers are specially trained men and women who provide conﬁdential Christian care to those going through a difﬁcult time in life. For more information or to receive care from a Stephen Minister contact Deb Troxel @ 964-4432 or Sr. Susan Widdell at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church @ 964-3038.
JustFaith - a program of JustFaith Ministries - is for those seeking to live more deeply and with a greater sense of purpose. The JustFaith program is a small group process that offers an opportunity for people of faith to experience a spiritual journey that leads to a compassionate commitment. Offered in nearly 2,000 parishes, Catholic organizations, and communities across the country, the JustFaith program provides a lively and challenging format, inspires compassionate commitment, and transforms the world through modeling the love and justice of God through Jesus Christ. Contact the Center for Social Ministry at 515-782-3054 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptismal bibs are provided to babies during the celebration of the sacrament. These bibs are handcrafted by a small group of women, and are a beautiful keepsake for the babies and their parents.
Volunteers prepare, set up, serve and clean up a lunch provided by the parish for the family and friends of the deceased. Volunteers from the parish are called upon to provide salads and for desserts to supplement the sandwiches that are provided.
Nursing Home Visits
Vintage Hills Retirement Community: Volunteers trained as Eucharistic Ministers celebrate a Communion service outside of Mass on Sunday mornings with the Catholic residents. Father celebrates Mass with the residents on the First Friday of the month throughout the year.
Polk City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: Volunteers trained as Eucharistic Ministers celebrate a Communion service outside of Mass on Sundays with the Catholic residents. Mass is celebrated on a periodic basis.