This has been a full time since my last letter. On Friday 3/11, I joined the area pastors and the Catholic School Teachers in their annual mass and awards for years of service teaching. Following the mass, I met for my monthly priests’ support group. We have meet for over 35 years!
On Saturday 3/12, I went to my great nieces’ gymnastics meet in Omaha. It was my first meet ever. It was wonderful to see these 6 and 8 year olds in their routines. It takes a lot of family dedication to help them with that much training and skill.
On Sunday 3/13, we celebrated out 1st Mass as St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Parish at Ashland Ridge Elementary Gym. The Organizing Committee has worked hard to get things ready for this celebration. Thanks to all who worked together to get this first celebration together. The Set Up committee put up 156 chairs… and then they put up another 150 chairs! It was wonderful. Our 200 songbooks were out. The 10 dozen donuts were all gone along with the coffee and juice. There will be more donuts next week! Thanks to all who took part in our ministries. May the Lord’s Spirit continue to be with us in our coming Lenten Celebrations.
And speaking of “On the Road Again,” after my quick trip to see the great nieces in their gymnastics, on Monday 3/14, I went to Council Bluffs on my day off to play cards and to have dinner with 7 priests from Shelby County. Every couple of months we gather at one of our residences to do the same thing – 10 Point Pitch – High and Low partners is our favorite game.
On Tuesday 3/15 we had our first daily Lenten mass at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church 2110 W. 1st Street. We will be moving the parish office there on Saturday morning 3/19. On Wednesday 3/16, the Organizing Committee gathered at the OLIH rectory basement to review the 1st mass and to talk about what else needed to be done in the next few days. We reviewed the bills that we were able to pay. We talked about what needed to be modified in the mass this coming Sunday. We talked about the committees that we need to develop. All were in a celebrating mood after Sunday.
Thursday 3/17 saw that “On the Road Again” music being played as I made a trip to see Fr. Norman Hunke who is pastor of St. Charles Borromeo parish in Gretna, Nebraska just west of Omaha. That parish began the summer of 2005. They have been in their new Parish Center/Gym/Kitchen/Offices for about a year. They have a beautiful 1st phase complex. Fr. Hunke shared lots of possibilities and good advice about new parishes.
And now it is home again – planning for the 2nd Sunday of Lent and our 2nd Parish mass. Keep St. Luke’s in your prayers. Be generous in the 2nd Collection for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that we will take up this Sunday.
Peace, Fr. Larry