Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

Diverse Elements of a Week

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Things are dry. The other night, I saw several thistle like weeds growing in the lawn - the grass is dormant brown. I thought, if these few weeds were gone, the lawn would look OK even though it is brown. So I changed clothes and spent just over an hour pulling the weeds from the lawn. It was a little more of a job than I had anticipated but until there is some rain, it will look at least uniform. Please God send us some rain.

On Monday, August 5, I joined many priests and people who knew Fr. Gary Culver at a memorial Mass at St. Theresa’s. Fr. Gary had served the diocese for many years before his retirement and move to Florida. He was the associate at my home parish, St. Mary’s in Panama, for a couple of years when I was in the seminary. Even then, he had a way of challenging people with what they believed and how they lived out that faith. May he rest in peace,

Tuesday, some of the area Catholic pastors gathered for lunch in Beaverdale. It is always good food and a chance to talk about what is going on in the parishes. I am sure that some good direction will arise for the church in this part of our diocese from these gatherings.

That evening, the Adult Faith Formation committee met and looked at what we can be planning and carrying out for this fall season. A couple of parenting opportunities will be explored as well as other ways to invite parishioners to study their faith.

Wednesday was that day that I was out pulling weeds! On Thursday, I received the news that my friend and fellow pastor Fr. Bob Hoefler had died at Mercy Hospice. Keep him and St. Francis parish in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their good shepherd. That evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. We reviewed the status of our Capital Campaign. Discussion was held about inviting the new families registering in our parish to consider helping with Phase I. There will be an annual “mini” campaign once a year. The progress of the Strategic Planning Team was reviewed. Note you can go to the web site and hit the “Construction Zone” for the latest information about our building plans.

Also at the Parish Council meeting, the Recruitment and Welcome Team reported about their upcoming new comer welcome to be held in September. The Parish Picnic was reviewed for future suggestions. Plans for the St. Luke’s Feast Day on October 20 continue to be developed.

On Friday, I joined a group of volunteers from St. Luke’s who were part of a crew working on building a Habitat for Humanity house on 24th Street. I have not been part of a construction crew for years. It was great fun and a good day of real physical work. It is fun seeing if you can drive those 16 penny nails without bending them over. Nailing the sheeting on the roof along the chalk lines was easy until you came to the edge of the roof! I recommend working a day when you can.

Saturday after evening Mass, I went to a 90th birthday party. This lady was very good at remembering all her nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and had stories about each of them.

On Sunday, we had a very lively Stewardship Committee meeting. We began to discuss the book The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly. The Parish Council is also going to study this book. Maybe we can get copies for all the families of the parish. More about that later. We look forward to the Ministry Fair that will be held after Masses on September 14-15. It will be a great chance to learn more about all the activities, ministries and committees of St. Luke’s parish.

May all our young people be blessed as they return to Elementary, Secondary School as well as College.

Peace,
Fr. Larry Hoffmann