Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
As I write this letter, we are getting what the mountains of Colorado wish they had - more snow! I think that the forecasters are surprised by this little white covering. And speaking of snow, as you read this bulletin letter, I will be in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for my annual skiing vacation until February 1. Keep me and the other men in your prayers that we keep all our limbs intact.
On Monday, January 14, I was the host at the OLIH rectory for my priests’ support group. We gather for prayer, sharing of some fact of our life during the last month and a chance to support each priest in their concerns.
Tuesday afternoon, I had the privilege of being part of an interviewing team talking to a young man who has signed up for the seminary. It is great to see these young men sincerely discerning if they have a call to the priesthood. Keep all our seminarians in your prayers. That evening, I enjoyed being with one of our St. Luke’s supper clubs at Old Chicago. Good food and good fellowship.
Wednesday noon, I met with several area Catholic Parish pastors for lunch. It is good to keep up with the local parish happenings. During the day, my brother Tom returned from his extended visit at home to work with the Strategic Planning Team.
We had that meeting at Dave Enos’ home. We examined the proposed timeline for the 1st Phase of our facilities and made several adjustments. Afterward, we looked at several possible footprints for our 1st Phase and agreed on one to recommend to our architects. We also discussed the need for a funding plan for the costs involved in this 1st Phase that the Finance Council and Synchronization Committee will be working on. We anticipate a Parish “Town Hall” meeting soon to present these developments.
Thursday evening, the Finance Council met and reviewed the current financial status of the parish. We are doing very well paying our bills and building a nice reserve. The Building Fund continues to grow. You are encouraged to use the “Blue” envelopes you receive along with your tithe envelopes. The Council discussed the elements needed to put together a Funding Plan for our 1st Phase. More work needs to be done here.
On Saturday after Reconciliation at St. Anne’s, I joined the Iowa March for Life at the State Capital. It was great to see a very good crowd attending, enjoying God’s gift of a beautiful day. It was good to see many St. Luke’s families there, as well as people from other parishes that I knew. May we continue to work to protect life from conception to natural death.
That evening, I had the privilege of being one of the judges for the OLIH Little Learners “Trivia Night.” I was one of three judges helping to correct the 10 answer sheets from each of 30 tables. The questions this year were hard! St. Luke’s was well represented at several of our tables. It was a lot of fun.
On Sunday afternoon, I met with the Men’s CEW team preparing for the February 9-10 weekend. Men - it is not too late to sign up! Have a blessed week!
Fr. Larry Hoffmann