Parish Organizations (Alphabetic List)

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Education - Parish School

St. Luke the Evangelist School
Home & School Association

Education - Religious Education for Children

Parish Religious Education Program for Children (PREP)
Little People’s Sunday School
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Parent Advisory Board

Education for Adults

Adult Faith Formation Team
Good News with Sr. Assumption
Pre-Baptism Program
Pre-Cana for Engaged Couples


Community of Disciples
Evangelization Team
Faith Sharing Communities
RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Spiritual Gifts Discernment Group
Spiritual Lending Library
Vocations Awareness Committee


Altar Servers
Altar Society
Centering Prayer
Eucharistic Adoration
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Guitar Group
Liturgy Team
Music Ministry
Pilgrimage Group
Sodality & Miraculous Medal Novena Devotions


Aid for Friends
Angels of Mercy
Bereavement Ministry
Bereavement Support Group for Widows and Widowers
Environment Committee
Hearts and Hands Quilting Group
Legion of Mary
Peace and Justice

Prison Ministry
Remembrance Card Ministry
Right-to-Life Committee
St. John’s Hospice
St. Malachy Food Collection
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Triest Hall


Finance Committee
Food Certificate Program
Fort Knox
Gardening Committee


Parish Pastoral Council


A Gift for You
Boy Scouts
Camp Fire Girls
Cub Scouts
C.Y.O. (Jr)
Easton Road Project
Faith and Light
Hospitality Committee
Marriage Encounter
Moms with Tots
Over 50’s Club
Spaghetti Supper
Summer Stock
Women’s Bowling
Youth Group

Other Organizations

Breath of Dawn

Cluster 73
Glenside Ministerium
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
Sister Parish

Parish Organizations

Education - Parish School

St. Luke the Evangelist School: The parish school is located along Fairhill Avenue. The mailing address is 2336 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038. It is staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph and lay faculty. The school has over 300 students who attend grades K-8. Kindergarten has both half- and full-day programs. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its curriculum follows the guidelines of the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Home & School Association: This association is dedicated to fostering and enhancing the Catholic education of each child. They work to enrich the education experience of each child and support parents by offering family-oriented programs. They have several fundraisers during the year, including the Craft Fair and the Penny Party, to meet the school’s special needs. The organization is composed of members who are elected for a three-year term.

Education - Religious Education for Children

Parish Religious Education Program for Children (PREP): The primary religious education program for children who do not attend Catholic school. There are over 350 students enrolled. Classes are held on Mondays from September through May and meet in the upper school building. Registration is required. Afternoon sessions meet from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m., grades 1-6. Evening sessions meet from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., grades 4-12. Prep page

Little People’s Sunday School: The pre-school classes meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays from September to May in the kindergarten classroom of the lower school building. The classes are open to all St. Luke’s parishioners who are  3 to 5 years of age and not yet in kindergarten. Registration is required. Registration form 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: This is a program for children in grades K to 3 during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. The children leave the church and go to the hall below the church during the Liturgy of the Word. The Sunday Scripture readings are adapted for the young people. They return after the homily. This program is open to all children who attend the 9:30 a.m. Mass, including visitors. The program runs from September to May.

Parent Advisory Board: This group supports and aids the Parish Religious Education Program. It meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Chapel House and is open to all PREP parents, guardians, and teachers.

Education for Adults

Various education programs are offered for adults throughout the year; some programs may be part of a series, others may be single presentations. The programs are publicized in advance in the weekly Church Bulletin and on the web page.

Adult Faith Formation Team: Planning team for Adult Faith Formation whose aim is to aid parishioners to consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study.

Good News with Sr. Assumption: The Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Meets at 7:30 pm Thursdays at the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus convent at Ancillae Assumpta Academy.

Pre-Baptism Program: Instruction and preparation given to parents before Baptism of their child. Call rectory office to schedule.

Pre-Cana for Engaged Couples: This is a marriage preparation program. The parish team, composed of trained married couples, offers a weekend program in the spring and fall. This program is an alternative to the Archdiocesan four night program. Registration is required. Call the rectory to register.


Community of Disciples: This process offers parishioners a way to experience what Jesus’ first disciples experienced by listening to his words, reflecting on them, and sharing their insights with each other. This is done primarily through faith-sharing groups in Lent, educational inserts in the bulletin, family activities, and parish reflection days.

Connections: Group spiritual direction for life and work. Landings groups are composed of about ten people meets once a week for about ten weeks to explore the spiritual dimensions of their life and work.

Evangelization Team: This committee acts as a catalyst with other organizations of the parish to carry out the parish’s evangelization efforts.

Faith Sharing Communities: The parish has several small faith-sharing communities. A small faith-sharing community usually contains fewer than 15 members. Some groups meet in the Chapel House or Alumni Room at Church, others meet in the homes of members. Most groups meet weekly. The members share prayer and reflection on the word of God. Some groups are formed to meet during the six weeks of Lent.

Landings: A process to welcome back Catholics. Parishioners provide a supportive community for returning Catholics. They meet together to share their time and faith. They ask questions, discuss issues, learn from the spiritual journeys of one another.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): This is the program through which people prepare to join the Church. It meets throughout the year. The RCIA team is composed of parishioners who share their faith and aid on the faith journey of those joining.

Spiritual Gifts Discernment Group: This group is to help parishioners find their gifts and ministries related to their gifts.

Spiritual Lending Library: The library is located in the Church’s Easton Road vestibule. This is a self-serve library. Donations of books are always welcome.

Vocations Awareness Committee: This committee promotes religious vocations in the parish through prayer experiences, invitation, celebration, education, and awareness programs.


Altar Servers: Open to all children in grades 5 to 8, whether in the parish school, the parish Religious Education Program (PREP), or private Catholic school. Masses are assigned on a rotating basis.

Altar Society: Volunteers from the parish who give one hour a week on a rotating basis. They take care of the altar linens, vestments, and cleaning the sanctuary after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday mornings.

Centering Prayer: A weekly centering prayer session to help those who use this method to maintain their commitment to this prayer. Meets Tuesdays for one-half hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Church near the tabernacle.

Eucharistic Adoration: The parish has Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays. Parishioners may sign up for their regular adoration times.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Appointed by the Archbishop to serve three years. They assist the parish priests and deacon with Communion at Masses and bring the Eucharist to the homebound and Abington Hospital on Sundays.

Greeters: Those who welcome churchgoers at the doors before Mass.

Guitar Group: The musicians and singers who assist at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Lectors: Readers of the Sacred Scripture at Masses and other liturgies.

Liturgy Team: A team that studies and evaluates liturgies, plans special liturgies, works to educate parish about liturgy.

Music Ministry: All members of the assembly should have a part of the music ministry since music, especially congregational singing, is an important part of the liturgy. Special music ministries include: cantors, choir, organists, other instrumentalists, music director.

Pilgrimage Group: Coordinates group trips to local Pilgrimage sites, for example, the St. John Neumann Shrine, St. Rita Church, St. Katharine Drexel Shrine.

Sodality & Miraculous Medal Novena Devotions: This groups meets in the Church on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from October to May for the Office, and Novena and Devotions in honor of the Blessed Mother. Mass is celebrated on the last Tuesday of each month.

Ushers: Ushers help with seating, the collection, and good order at all Sunday Masses and special liturgies.


Aid for Friends: A program to provide meals for the isolated homebound. Fill trays with a balanced meal (usually leftovers from dinner). Freeze the trays and place in the freezer at Church in the room just off the parking lot by the chain-linked fence.

Angels of Mercy: This group of volunteers provides assistance to parishioners: to drive someone to church, the doctor, or hospital; to house-sit during a funeral; to visit the sick and homebound. Call Tim if you wish to volunteer or if you need some assistance.

Bereavement Ministry: This group will assist the family and the priests of the parish in the planning of the funeral liturgy. They will extend to the family the care and concern and support of the parish family during the initial period of bereavement.

Bereavement Support Group for Widows and Widowers: A professional counselor facilitates this Support Group which meets on alternate Tuesdays (September to December, April to June) at the Chapel House. From 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. There is no charge. Click here for schedule.

Bloodmobile: The Red Cross comes to St. Luke’s parish two or three times a year.

Environment Committee: This group is interested in increasing parish awareness of and in deepening parish work in care for the environment. This group is the sponsor of the Easton Road Project. Click for more info

Hearts and Hands Quilting Group: This ecumenical group meets monthly 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.

Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary is a world-wide lay apostolate, over 75 years old, with headquarters in Ireland. It is a well-structured organization, modeled after the Roman Legion; with the Leadership of Mary and the Grace of the Holy Spirit, its purpose is to assist the parish community through prayer and spiritual good works. We invite your prayers and participation. The group meets Tuesday evenings, all year, at 7:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room. New members and visitors are welcome

Peace and Justice: This is a scripture-based prayerful group interested in increasing parish awareness of and in deepening parish work for peace and justice. Projects have included: Gifts Cards for Haiti, Gifts for the needy through the Epiphany and Fathers’ Day collections of toiletries for men and women served by St. John’s Hospice and Women of Hope in Philadelphia, Advent prayer cards, guest speakers in the parish, Lenten study groups. Click for more info

Prison Ministry: Activities include weekly tutoring and prayer groups in prison, writing letters to prisoners, support for the Re-entry Project of released prisoners.

Remembrance Card Ministry: Members of the group act on behalf of the entire Church community in offering condolences to recently bereaved families and remembering them throughout the year on anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, and Easter.

Right-to-Life Committee: 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.

St. John’s Hospice: 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) - click here for recipes - clothing, toilet articles, and simple medical supplies (aspirin, cold tablets, band aids, etc.) are needed and welcome. The parish Donation Day is the third Monday of each month. Please refer to the church bulletin for any further information.

St. Malachy Food Collection: 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.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Visits needy parishioners in their homes offering moral and material comfort. Anyone in need may contact this group for confidential help with food, clothing, bills. Your poor box donations enable the Society to accomplish its mission. The Society receives donations - clothing (old and new), sheets, comforters, towels, & shoes tied together - at a permanent drop-off box located at the VFW hall at 2519 Jenkintown Rd (at Roslyn Ave.). The Society has clothing drives twice a year at St. Luke. Furniture and other large items can be donated by calling 215-288-8160 for pick-up.

Triest Hall: 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, conduct arts and crafts, in-house parties and special events. They also assist in fundraising and development activities.


Finance Committee: Advises the pastor in parish financial matters.

Food Certificate Program: The food certificate program is run to support our youth organizations. Food certificates (script) may be used at Acme, O’Neill’s, Pathmark, or Shoprite markets. Certificates may be purchased after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses, and at the rectory.

Fort Knox: The team of people who handle the collections at Mass.

Gardening Committee: Group to plan and maintain special planting areas of the church grounds.


Parish Pastoral Council: Members of the parish council are elected or appointed. Membership also includes the Pastor, Parochial Vicar, Deacon, School Principal, the Director of Religious Education, and the Director of Parish Services. The council meets approximately monthly and serves an advisory function to the pastor. The council also oversees the Dreams 2005 processes. 


A Gift for You: The gift to parents is a free afternoon on a Saturday in December. The gift to children is three hours of supervised fun with crafts, bingo, etc. For children ages 3 to 11. See bulletin for details.

Boy Scouts: A program for boys 11 and older which promotes self-reliance, self-esteem, and traditional values. Activities include camping, outdoorsmanship, and relying on Scout craft skills. High moral standards are integrated into historical program.

Camp Fire Girls: A scouting program for girls in the parish. The program runs from kindergarten through grade 12. Meetings are held once a week. There are also overnight camping trips and day camps in the summer.

Cub Scouts: Operates during the academic year with Den Meetings once a week and Pack Meetings once a month. Tiger Cub program is for grade 1 and the Cub Scout program is for grades 2 to 5. There are special activities throughout the year.

C.Y.O. (Jr): A program of athletic, social, cultural, service, and spiritual activities open to all children in the parish (whether in the parish school, CCD, or private Catholic school) who are in grades 5 to 8.

Easton Road Project: On the first Saturday of the month from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm volunteers gather to pick up litter on Easton Road and the church property.

Faith and Light: An organization for those who are developmentally delayed and their family and friends. The group plans social, spiritual, and service activities.

Hospitality Committee: This committee organizes coffees and socials after Masses throughout the year.

Marriage Encounter: Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and focus on their relationship for an entire weekend. During the weekend couples learn a communication technique which facilitates discussion of important areas of their relationships to one another, to God, the Church, and the world.

Moms with Tots: Mothers and their young children get together on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. during the school year in FFH.

Over 50’s Club: Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in Fr. Fitzpatrick Hall (Church auditorium) from October to May. Season opens the 2nd Tuesday of September. Various social events, guest speakers, bingo, and trips are conducted throughout the year.

Spaghetti Supper: Annual event, usually the first Sunday of March. Members of the parish prepare and serve an outstanding Italian meal that can be enjoyed in Fr. Fitzpatrick Hall or taken home. Volunteers are also needed to help seat and serve.

Summer Stock: Summertime fun and creativity for children from 1st to 8th grade. The performances are in mid August. Adult talents and help can also be used.

Venturing: This is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14—20 years of age.

Women’s Bowling: Join the Women of St. Luke Bowling League. They meet every Friday from September to May, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., at Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove.

Youth Group: This group is working toward our dream: We have vibrant, multi-faceted youth and young adult groups for ages 14-18, 18-25, and 25-40. There is important interaction among groups. There are various activities during the years for High School students. At certain times activities are also planned for college aged parishioners. More info.

Other Organizations

ANCHOR: A Non-denominational Community Harvesting Our Resources. Part of their library is in our Chapel House. More info

Breath of Dawn: This is a group of singers, musicians, and visitors who bring music and comfort to the bedside of those who are dying. Call 267-446-0150 for more information. This group was formed by the Lay Auxiliary of the Glenside Ministerium.

Cluster 73: This is a cluster of eight parishes in this area: Our Lady Help of Christians (Abington), Queen of Peace (Ardsley), St. Luke the Evangelist (Glenside), St. Albert the Great (Huntingdon Valley), Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown), St. John of the Cross (Roslyn), St. Hilary of Poiters (Rydal), St. David (Willow Grove). We work with these parishes through a variety of committees and projects, such as our annual Liturgy Day. 

Glenside Ministerium: This is a organization with members from most churches in the Glenside Area. The ministers meet monthly; there are regular annual events for the entire community: January—Prayer for Christian Unity; Good Friday—Walk & Service; July—Summer Bible Series. The 2004 Summer Series was an Interfaith Dialogue on Genesis. The Ministerium now hosts three months in the Inter-Faith’s Hospitality Network to aid the homeless.

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia: RTP is a local, independent affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a national movement of volunteers acting as community builders in order to prevent homelessness. The organization partners with the community to rehabilitate the homes of elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety, and independence. St. Luke parishioners are active in the rebuilding days. P.O. Box 42752 Philadelphia, PA 19101-2752. 

Sister Parish: Our sister parish in Haiti is Notre-Dame de la Presentation in Los Palis in the Diocese of Hinche. We assist the parish with our prayers and have given them financial assistance with the building of a bakery. We also help education the children of the parish by providing tuition for a number of children whose families cannot afford to send them to school. More info.


A Gift for You - Charlie Spencer
Adult Faith Formation Team - Jeanne Kyle
Aid for Friends - Kathy Cassidy
Altar Servers - Jeanne Kyle (schedule)
Altar Society - Wynnie Schmidt
ANCHOR - Jeanne Kyle
Angels of Mercy - Tim Walsh
Baptism - Rectory Office
Bereavement Ministry - Jeanne Kyle
Breath of Dawn - Bonnie Dalzell
Bowling - Bobbie Schuyler
Boy Scouts - Mark Zehner
Card Ministry - Gloria D'Agui
C.Y.O. (Jr) - Mike Dubyk
Camp Fire Girls - Carolyn Jones
Centering Prayer - Jeanne Kyle
Children’s Liturgy of the Word - Patricia Huntowski
Cluster 73 - Jeanne Kyle
Community of Disciples - Jeanne Kyle
Connections - Jeanne Kyle
Cub Scouts - Mary-Claire Corcoran
Education for Adults - Jeanne Kyle
Environment Committee - Jeanne Kyle
Eucharistic Adoration - Cynthia Fackler
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Jeanne Kyle
Eucharistic Ministry to Homebound - Tina Dean (scheduler)
Eucharistic Ministry to Hospital - Deacon Tom Croke
Evangelization Team - Reenie MacDonald
Faith and Light - Anna & Mike Filmyer, Joan Kelly, Jeanne Kyle
Faith Sharing Communities - Jeanne Kyle
Finance Committee - Rectory Office
Food Certificate Program - Cathy Berry
Food Collection - Ed Heffernan
Fort Knox - Rectory Office
Gardening Committee - Rita Timoney
Glenside Ministerium - Jeanne Kyle
Greeters - Jeanne Kyle
Guitar Group - Molly Mahoney
Hearts and Hands Quilting Group - Bonnie Dalzell
Home & School Association - Mary Fran McNamara
Hospitality Committee - Tina Dean
Information Fair Committee - Jeanne Kyle
Justice - Joan Markham
Landings - Reenie MacDonald
Lectors - Jeanne Kyle
Legion of Mary - Michael Miller
Library - Mary Lou Smart
Little People’s Sunday School - Sharon D’Amore
Liturgy Team - Jeanne Kyle, Dianne Ryan
Marriage Encounter - Carol Kluchinski
Moms with Tots - Tricia Bakley
Music Ministry - Molly Mahoney
Music Ministry for the Dying - Bonnie Dalzell
Over 50’s Club - Kay Maley
Parent Advisory Board - Sharon D’Amore
Parish Pastoral Council - Jane Kieser
Peace and Justice - Joan Markham
Pilgrimage Group - Pat Sharkey
Pre-Baptism Program - Rectory Office
Pre-Cana - Kathy & Bill Edwards
PREP (Parish Religious Education Program for Children) - Sharon D’Amore
Prison Ministry - Jim Dean
Pro-Life - Michael Miller
Quilting - Bonnie Dalzell
RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults- Jeanne Kyle
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
Religious Education for Children - Sharon D’Amore
Remembrance Card Ministry - Gloria D’Agui
Right-to-Life Committee - Michael Miller
Seniors Group - Kay Maley
Sister Parish - Jeanne Kyle
Sodality & Miraculous Medal Novena Devotions - Teresa Duff, Marie Winstanley
Spaghetti Supper - Jim Vasta
Spiritual Gifts Discernment - Jeanne Kyle
Spiritual Lending Library - Mary Lou Smart
Sunday School - Sharon D'Amore
St. John’s Hospice - Mary Fran McNamara
St. Luke the Evangelist School - Sr. William Adele, SSJ
St. Malachy Food Collection - Rose McDonough
St. Vincent de Paul Society - Rectory Office
Summer Stock - Sharon Slusarski
Triest Hall - Brother Michael Lonsway, FC
Ushers - Pete Wilson
Venturing - Allison Hafft
Vocations Awareness - Dick Burke
Women’s Bowling - Bobbie Schuyler
Youth Group - Charlie Spencer, Ed Spencer

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