Canopy Update

Dear friends in Christ,

Last weekend in my homily I talked about the importance of cultivating a spirit of gratitude.  With that in mind, I want to thank you for your generous support of our Canopy Fund.  To date, we have accumulated enough funds to purchase the materials for a front entrance canopy, totaling approximately $114,000.  This includes funds collected from your donations, canopy fundraiser dinners, our annual parish Event, and funds from Scrip.

At this point, we now need to raise funds for the cost of installation.  We have received three quotes and so far the lowest is for $40,000.  A group has been appointed to help secure a lower quote than this.

I will share that final number as soon as we have received it.  Our goal is to have the canopy installed in the Spring of 2020.

Thank you again for your generosity, and feel free to contact me if you should have any questions or contacts that might be able to help us obtain a lower cost for the installation.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Bill

Canopy Fundraiser Dinner

Everyone is welcome to our next Canopy Fundraiser Dinner

October 18 – also Feast of St. Luke
6 – 7:30 pm
Donation appreciated

Come enjoy great food, drinks and fellowship. If you have been to last years dinners you know who great the food is, if you haven’t come find out for yourself what all the busy is about. This will be the only dinner for the rest of this year, so you don’t want to miss it.

Friendship Family for International Students

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Would you be interested in being a friendship family for an international student at Grand Valley? Friendship families welcome international students by making them feel at home here in the US and helping them to adjust to life here.
Ways that you can help include:
  • Inviting the student to have dinner with you from time to time
  • Sharing American holidays like Thanksgiving with the student
  • Taking them to fun, cultural, or sporting events in the area
  • Helping them to study to get their driver’s license
  • Practicing speaking English with them if they are from a non-English-speaking country
  • Take them to the grocery store or run other errands from time to time
  • Get to know and become a friend to the student!
The extent of your involvement would be completely up to you and the student. This is a purely voluntary program. It is not intended to provide financial assistance to the student, just
kindness and friendship.
We are hoping to match families and students beginning at our parish picnic on September 15.
If you are interested, please notify Kim Thomas at the parish office at or at 895-2247.
God bless you!

Nursery Volunteers Needed


This January, St. Luke’s began offering Nursery service for preschool children during
the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We are still in need of adult volunteers to staff the Nursery. The
aim is 8-10 volunteers, so that each volunteer would serve about once a month. Below
are the requirements.

 18+ adult, willing to take a criminal background check.

 Have previously taken or willingness to take soon a one-time 3-hour VIRTUS
child-protection class offered locally.

There will be a meeting for current and new volunteers on Monday, March 3, at
6:45 p.m.

Volunteers under 18 will also be welcomed. However, since they cannot take a
background check or attend the VIRTUS class, they will be in addition to the trained
adults in the room at all times.

Please contact John Graveline,, with questions or to

Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5