Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
As I write this letter, we are shivering in the night at freezing temperatures. I suspect that lots of flowering things have suffered from the frost and cold. This reality is indeed more seasonal for April. We have been fortunate to have enjoyed the spring beauty in the flowering trees, even tulips and lilacs. The blessings of the Lord and the gift of new life surround us but we also know that in nature they are not permanent as is eternal resurrection life.
During Holy Week, I had my annual physical with very good reports. Thanks be to God for the gift of good health. Tuesday of Holy Week, we had our Liturgy Committee meeting and covered the last minute things before the Holy Week and Triduum celebrations.
Wednesday morning, I met with Sue Fitzpatrick, who is a Notary, to sign the Farm Rental agreement with Dave Harmon who will farm our land this year. He will be planting soy beans with a special 1 acre SE corner in test soy beans. Wednesday evening, private Reconciliation was available for those who desired.
Thursday evening, the Triduum began with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We also washed feet to remind us of our need to reach out to others in service as part of how we live of faith and follow Jesus.
On Friday, we remembered the suffering and death of Jesus in our Good Friday Service. The Liturgy of the Word focused on the Passion according to St. John. That was followed by the singing and reading of the General Intercessions and then the Veneration of the wood of the cross. People took their time to touch and to reverence the cross. Then in simplicity, we shared the Eucharist consecrated the evening before.
The Easter Vigil meant that the Auditorium and altar area were decorated with many signs and colors of new life. It was a wonderful time to welcome our 5 candidates for full communion in the church and members of St. Luke’s parish. Welcome and Congratulations!
Easter Sunday meant wonderful sunshine, a bright blue sky, Easter bonnets and dresses and smiling faces as we gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. I want to say a special thank you to our RCIA team members, to our Liturgy Committee, the Environment Committee for all the work to make the altar area look wonderful throughout Holy Week, to the musicians, choir members and cantors who filled our liturgies with joyous song, and to all of you for your active participation. Together, using the gifts God has given us, we rejoice in the risen Lord.
Thanks to all who have participated in the Annual Diocesan Appeal. We have pledges of $37,596 from 110 households. Consider joining the over 68% of the parish in this way to help enhance St. Luke’s Building Fund. May you be blessed by the risen Lord for your generosity.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann