The stone represents the cornerstone that we are building our campus on—Jesus, and the belief that we are helping people as we build the Kingdom of God and not just constructing buildings. The five loaves and two fishes represent the task ahead, difficult, but not impossible through Christ. God will take what we are able to give and multiply our offering so that we can build His Kingdom.
Joseph was a just man...Mt. 1:19
St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church,
husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus,
be like a father to us and give us
your guidance as we make plans for the
future of our parish.
Help us build the structures
we need to accomplish the goals
your foster Son, our Savior, wants us to accomplish,
and preserve us from self-serving foolishness.
Above all, teach us to live the humble goodness,
trusting acceptance and absolute dedication
that you exhibited throughout your life
so that we,
the people of St. Luke,
may proclaim by our words and actions that
Jesus Christ is Lord.
EVERYONE! WE are St. Luke. This is our spiritual home where we come to be renewed and receive our Lord. We all need to make it our mission to make this much needed move to our Riverstone Ranch Campus a reality. We cannot wait for someone to come and do this for us. WE are the people that we have been waiting for. It is up to us to get this accomplished!
Out of the 985 households that we had registered as active in our parish in 2021, only 397 families (40.3% of the congregation) contributed $1,000 or more to the parish. When churches submit a request to the Archdiocese for an approval to have a Capital Campaign to renovate and/or build, one important number they pay attention to is what percentage of the congregation supports the parish financially through their normal tithing. Why, because if normal tithing is low, then the probability of the parish being able to sustain the financial needs of the proposed build/renovation will be considered low, and in turn too much of a risky venture. If the percentage is low, then this affects the parish's ability to be granted a loan, as well as the amount of the loan. The ability to have money on hand as well as the added loan, greatly affects the time that construction starts on the building project. Not only must we show that the parish has support for the capital campaign, through sacrificial giving...above and beyond normal tithing, we must also show that we have the financial support of the congregation to meet the day in and day out financial needs of the parish.
Something changes in us when we have to look at our lives through the light of eternity. It makes us re-evaluate what really matters and it helps us re-prioritize our lives and distinguish, what is valuable and lasting from what is temporary and untrustworthy. If you consider St. Luke your spiritual home, please consider financially supporting your place of worship through continued donations and help us continue to be God's hands & feet in this community.
I am happy with having contributed to building the original campus, I have done my part.
There is nothing more humbling than being able to still have in our midst some of the founding members of St. Luke the Evangelist. They are living proof that all things are possible through Christ. Everytime they pass by this campus, they can say "I was part of making that happen". Although it might seem a bit much to ask for our founders to help accomplish this again, it is also a blessing to be given the opportunity to not only do this once, but twice, in one's lifetime!
It is very difficult to give and not expect anything in return. Sometimes Heavenly Blessings or scoring "brownie points" with God is not enough of an incentive. RS Cambell wrote, "When we are young, we climb trees we did not plant, we attend schools we did not pay for and for that matter, we worship at churches that we did not provide. If we ever have a chance by God's mercy to mature one day, we might just live long enough to plant a tree that we will never climb, provide a school in which we will never take a class and pay for a church where we may never even get to worship in."
All things are possible through God who gives us strength! Let us do what needs to be done. Let us build so that St. Luke the Evangelist may still be a light in the darkness. We are the hands and feet of Christ.
Let us build the Kingdom, not just buildings!