Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
I am writing this letter early on Sunday because we did not have coffee and donuts after the 9:00 am mass - there was almost a groan from the congregation when I announced that was the case. We wanted everyone to come back for the St. Luke’s Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction later in the day.
Last Monday 10/12 I took Fr. Jerry Stessman out to visit Fr. Don Bruck in Harlan. Fr. Don is a great cook and had a wonderful fall dinner and then of course, the card games were on! I did not win, but I got close.
Tuesday 10/13 I visited the 3rd Grade in St. Luke’s School and we talked about the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary. That evening I met with a couple to talk about their marriage that will be celebrated next year in October.
Congratulations Christa and Andrew! After that the Welcoming Committee had their regular meeting. At the same time, the RCIA had its regular session with the topic of The Holy Trinity.”
Wednesday 10/14 I visited with the 2nd grade in St. Luke’s School. They were ready with questions that they had written out for the day. We talked about the Joyous Mysteries of the Rosary as well. At 4:00 pm, I was with the elementary RE class to bless their rosaries and of course, to talk once again about the Joyous Mysteries of the Rosary. That evening I enjoyed dinner at the Pizza Ranch with our middle school students taking care of our tables. Good job! Following dinner the new St. Luke’s Facilities Committee had its second meeting. We reviewed areas of responsibility including the outside landscape, the inside mechanical systems, janitorial work, electrical and general safety as well as the kitchen operation. Operation manuals are being digitally stored for easy access.
Thursday 10/15 saw the St. Luke’s Finance Council Holding its regular meeting. The costs of our construction were reviewed noting the 5th change order had been approved. It is hoped that all the punch list and other items will soon be resolved. Progress of the budget and actual income/expenses were reviewed. It was noted that Capital Campaign payments were just a little ahead of where they should be at this time. Keep up the good work St. Luke’s parishioners!
Friday morning I celebrated mass with the St. Luke’s School students and other parishioners. Following the mass I watched how the crucifix was suspended in back of the altar. Depending where you sit in the church, you get a three dimensional view of that cross. That afternoon I went down to the Royals-Blue Jay’s playoff baseball game in Kansas City. Thanks to John and Val Cain for the tickets.
Saturday 10/17 Dick Johnson brought the stained glass for the window behind the tabernacle and installed it with parishioner help. It looks great! Thank you Dick for the beautiful focus it gives to the tabernacle and to our sanctuary. That evening at the 4:30 pm mass, we celebrated the baptism of Francis Peter Fitch. Welcome!
I want to say a word of thanks to Cindy Clefisch who has served as our Faith Formation Coordinator these last four years. Cindy has resigned her position effective last week. I appreciate all that she has done to develop our Religious Education program that has grown to the current 195 students! She has coordinated sacramental preparation for 1st Reconciliation, 1st Eucharist and Confirmation. She has lead numerous Adult Faith Formation sessions including “The Bible Timeline” and the church history series “Epic.” Thank you Cindy for all your hard work and dedication to St. Luke’s. May you be blessed in God’s way for the future.
Enjoy God’s blessings of this beautiful fall season.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann