Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
As I am writing this letter, I am looking out at a wonderful Sunday afternoon where it is almost 70 degrees outside with promises of getting even more than that later this week. And spring has not yet come but is very near. May the Lord bless us with an equally beautiful week for spring break!
Monday evening, March 5, I enjoyed the Grinder sandwiches at the Knights of Columbus meeting. On Tuesday, I helped with Reconciliation at Dowling Catholic High School in the afternoon. Later that evening, we had 6:00 pm Lenten Mass at St. Anne’s. On Wednesday, the area Catholic Pastors had their periodic lunch at Talley’s in Beaverdale. To keep the eating schedule going, I joined the St. Luke’s Supper Club at Old Chicago that evening. Nice food and gathering!
On Thursday after Mass and Stations of the Cross, we had our St. Luke’s Parish Pastoral Council meeting at St. Anne’s. After our prayer, we studied the 1st Chapter in The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. It lead to a good and lively discussion about seeing God in the gift of creation. After our study, the council approved the Charter Document that was signed and then forwarded to me as the pastor.
Members of the St. Luke’s Parish Pastoral Council are: Vicki Berberich, Tracy Deutmeyer, Dave Enos, Tom Judge, Bob Lickteig, Bruce Mehlhop, Paul Moritz, Jim Roths, Melissa Teggatz and Steve Wieneke. Dave Enos agreed to be the chairperson of the council; Paul Moritz the vice chairperson and Jim Roths the secretary. After selecting our leadership for the next year, we decided to form two new committees: Membership/Welcome and Social Concerns. The purpose and what these committees are is being developed. If any are interested in being part of these committees, please let me know.
On Friday, I had a chance to help Fr. Steve who was at his brother in law’s wake and funeral, by celebrating the 5:30 pm Mass at OLIH. The young people had stations of the cross following and wonderful soup and grilled cheese.
Saturday afternoon, I attended the St. Luke’s Lenten Retreat led by Amy Hoover. It was a very reflective time to look at the Transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel.
I want to acknowledge the generosity of those from St. Luke’s who have made their pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. As of Saturday, we had over $26,000 pledged from over 41%of our 158 registered parish households. That is truly outstanding! This year, it all comes back to St. Luke’s - one half to the building fund and the rest to help stabilize our operational reserves. I encourage all of you to make some gift for this Annual Diocesan Appeal. Let’s work together to get to 100% participation. May you be blessed for your generosity.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann