Service in the Church

"Lord Jesus Christ, I receive the gift of eternal life you have won for me on the cross. I pledge to you my life, my love and my loyalty now and forever. Amen.
~ Prayer of Commitment to Jesus Christ

Acolytes  & Sub-Deacons

Acolytes

Acolytes participate in the liturgical life of the church by assisting during masses. Any child may begin training after they have received their First Holy Communion. Acolytes may serve through the 12th grade. All who have received their First Holy Communion are welcome and encouraged to serve. For more information on the acolyte program, please email Father Curtin at ecurtin@msn.com.

Sub-Deacons

When acolytes enter High School we give them the choice to become sub-Deacons of the Mass. There is a special ceremony where they are commissioned to serve at the altar and to read the lessons, administer the chalice and offer the incense. Sub-deacons wear a tunicle, and their names are inscribed on the sub-Deacon plaque on the wall next to the altar. The Plan of Salvation:
  1. God is love
  2. God the Father created our species by the power of God the Holy Spirit to be the forever friends of God the Son.
  3. Our species chose to separate from God in order to seize God’s power of command and control.
  4. The result of separation is a deeply seated existential pain that brings sin and death.
  5. God chose a single family (Israel) to grow in his love in order to share his love with our entire species.
  6. God sent patriarchs, prophets, priests and kings to prepare the way for the Messiah- God’s solution to separation.
  7. Jesus is the Messiah who unites our humanity with God’s divinity.
  8. Jesus died on the cross to embrace human separation and death and in that embrace to transform death back into new life.
  9. Jesus offers this new life-eternal life- to everyone as a gift.
  10. We can receive the gift of eternal life by grace (saying “yes” to God in Jesus Christ) by faith (placing our trust and loyalty in Jesus Christ) through love. God offers himself to everyone but imposes himself on no one.

Current Sub-Deacons

Dean Kardas | Elise Palatine | Jesse Randolph | Michael Stollsteimer | Alison Zhu

Altar Guild

 
The Altar Guild takes special care of the church and chapel, their sanctuaries, and the sacristy. The guild reverently prepares for all mass and special ceremonies including care of all the linens and vessels used. The Altar Guild works in teams of two to three  members and will be assigned in one-month schedules at various times of the year.
 
If you are interested in being a lay reader, please email Ruth Mooney at rmoone66@jmooney.us.

Lay Readers

During each mass, Lay Readers read the Old Testament lesson, the Epistle, and the Intercessions. During the Eucharist, they administer the chalice of wine. If you are interested in being a lay reader, please email Ruth Mooney at rmoone66@jmooney.us.

Ushers

Ushers at St. Luke's greet people as they enter the church, distribute worship bulletins and answer questions. They offer oblations during the services, collect financial contributions, and direct parishioners during communion and the blessing. Two ushers are assigned per mass. If you would like to be an usher at St. Luke's, please email Susan Bello at stlukeschurchpa@verizon.net.