Luke 18 of San Antonio by Yen-Yen King Chan

As published in the July 24 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

Luke 18 is a parish-based youth community for children ages 11- 15 years old. The first Luke 18 Weekend was in 1985 and its name comes the passage from Luke 18: 16-17 which reads, “and Jesus said to them: Let the children come to me and do not prevent them because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of heaven like a child shall not enter it.” After the informal and story telling stages of faith development wherein children receive faith from parents and teachers, Luke 18 addresses the cultural stage in faith development. It allows young Catholics to experience and discover faith through a community.

Children become members of the Luke 18, or are called “Lukers” by joining the Luke 18 Weekend held twice each year. The next Weekend (the 67th Weekend) will be held on September 2016. A Weekend starts on a Friday night and ends with a mass on Sunday. All talks and sharings given during the Weekend are given by Lukers. There are many fun activities, singing and sharing of God’s love during the Weekend. While it is a Weekend for kids and by kids, Luke 18 Adult Leaders and Bridge Builders workshop the talks, help prepare the Lukers to handle new members and are present at all times.

Lukers are highly encouraged to participate in various parish activities. Among the regular activities for Lukers are the prayer meetings every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, held in the parish center from 2pm- 5pm. Lukers also have other fun games held throughout the year such Water Espionage and Scavenger Hunt. They also participate in parish activities such as Youth Mass, Youth Ball, Holy Week talks, Flores de Mayo, YSA Libreng Almusal and Children’s Day.

We would like to invite children ages 11-15 years old to join the 67th Weekend coming up in September. Please keep an eye out for announcements regarding this. Also, if you would like to volunteer as mentor/adult leader for Lukers, please contact Rocky/Yenyen Chan or any Luke Adult Leader.