Serving the Poor
At St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, lunch and dinner are served to all who come to the kitchen in the basement of the school and clothes are available to all in need at the Mission Mall on the first floor of the school. Used furniture is distributed out of the garages at the Mission. The Mission also provides housing for many homeless people. In addition, there are two residences with structured programs for men with addictions and young high school aged men who are in need.
Good Shepherd Residence
The Good Shepherd residence provides a structured home for men who are in recovery from alcohol or other addictions. The environment of the residence allows the men to support one another and to seek God's will for their lives. The men of Good Shepherd help with the work of the Mission in many different ways and in helping others find that they too are served and can become the men God calls them to be.
The Voices Of Mercy is the Musical arm of St. Luke's. It is a group of 9 men and woman who provide instrumental and vocal music to the liturgies and ministries of the Mission. The Voices Of Mercy (or VOM, as they are often called) provide music all of the Masses and Liturgies at St. Luke's as well as music for outside Ministry, such as healing Masses, Festivals of Praise, Confirmation and Parish Retreats, Parish Missions, Healing Through Music services and the various fund raisers that St. Luke's has throughout the year (like the Great Corn Roast, Chili Nights, the St. Joseph's Table, etc.)
The Works Of Mercy
The ministries of St. Luke's can be summed up by looking at the Works of Mercy. We try, each and every day to show those who God sends us, the great love and mercy of God through the works He commanded us to do: "Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25: 34 - 40
Feed the hungry and Give drink to the thirsty
St. Luke's provides two meals a day, Monday through Saturday and one meal on Sunday. It is not unusual for us to feed 200 people for our "brunch" meal, served at about 11:30 AM and around 300 at our dinner meal, served at 4:30 PM.
Shelter the Homeless
St. Luke's provides shelter for men and women of all ages. Our homeless shelter houses adult men who would otherwise have nowhere else to stay. There are full time Missionaries who live with the men. We also provide the Good Shepherd House for men in Recovery from various addictions and the St. John Bosco House for teen age young men. We also provide housing for many families, single mothers and their children and Missionaries and Associates who live among the poor in houses donated by their owners, and renovated by volunteers.
Clothe the naked
St. Luke's Mall, located in the first floor of the former school allows anyone to come in and receive clothing, small appliances, household wares all of which have been donated by generous and loving people. We have a men's room, a women's room, a children's room and people can come in and "shop" for the clothes they like and those that will fit them. Even this little difference helps to make the people feel special and loved. People can take one bag of clothes per day absolutely free.
Visit the sick and imprisoned
At St. Luke's, we try very hard to keep in touch with those who have stayed, or are staying at the Mission. We continue to go and see people, who, on the road to recovery, need to spend some time in prison. We provide care packages for them and work with authorities to help ease their transition back into society. We also visit those in our community and families who are suffering. The Voices of Mercy often do concerts at Nursing Homes and at various hospital events.
Bury the dead
St. Luke's offers its church for the burial of Catholics who might otherwise have no where else to be taken, or no one else to arrange for anything. The Voices of Mercy also often provide music for funerals and memorial services.