Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
This past week, I was part of two family funerals. Both were men in their early 60s. They died of unusual and sudden illnesses. As I gathered with many of my immediate family members and lots of cousins at these funerals, I could not help but remember that I am older by several years than either of the men who had died.
As I looked at my cousins’ thinning grey hair, the reality of my own aging process rang loud and clear. My days, too, are numbered. These last few days of the Liturgical year remind us that there is a personal end time and we need to live every day finding ways to love God and our neighbor.
Tuesday evening, I had the privilege of presenting the RCIA class on Revelation. That revelation is God speaking to us in scripture and tradition. It is also how we realize we need to hear God speaking to us personally and to respond to what we hear.
Wednesday, I helped with the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Dowling Catholic High School. That afternoon, the priests of the Des Moines Region held their meeting at St. Theresa’s. It is a great forum for events and activities of the various parishes and for the priests to find ways to work together within the Des Moines area.
That evening, the “Organizing Committee” met again. Comments were shared about the Centennial Celebration on November 6. Thank you to my sister, Ann, who made the banner we displayed at the Celebration. You may have seen it in the hall before our Mass last Sunday.
I knew that we were having “The Rite of Welcoming” for our Five Candidates for Full Communion in the Church at last Sunday’s Mass. But until you see them walk in line by the altar with their sponsors, you don’t realize the impact that Five people who are very seriously studying our Faith can have for the whole community. Their dismissal after the Sunday homily will remind us of the gift our faith truly is - how we, too, need to explore and discover the rich gift this faith is to us.
The Stewardship of Treasure Commitment sheets you signed also took St. Luke’s into another stage of being a parish. Becoming good stewards means that we begin to act on the need to give as our response to our loving and generous God. It is our real act of love in response to God’s love for us. Yes, we do give to a need when something comes up, but needing to give is our ongoing, real and constant way to express our love for God. If you have not yet completed one of these Stewardship of Treasure Commitment sheets, I invite you to prayerfully consider doing so.
Be blessed in these last two weeks of the church year.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann