Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Sunday morning, March 8, as I write this letter, God is blessing us with His gift of sunshine and melting snow.
Last Saturday after Mass, I enjoyed baked potatoes and many toppings with the families of St. Anne’s. Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 pm, Frs. Aubrey and Fleming joined me in celebrating our Lenten Penance at St. Anne’s.
Tuesday morning, March 3, I helped with confessions at Dowling Catholic High School. At noon, I joined many Catholic School students, teachers and administrators at the State Capital for a Capital Education Celebration Rally. The focus was on “School Choice Now”. Speakers encouraged support of the Education Savings Account bills currently in the legislature. That evening, the Liturgical Furnishings subcommittee had its meeting. Stations of the Cross were recommended. Tabernacles and crucifixes for our sanctuary were reviewed. A trip to Omaha to visit Cosgrave’s the Religious Goods store was planned.
On Wednesday, I helped with confessions at St. Pius X School. That evening, we held our Penance Service for our Confirmation Class and their families. It is part of their preparation for the Sacrament to be celebrated on Sunday, April 12, at our Sunday Mass.
Thursday morning I had a chance to join Bishop Pates and other pastors celebrating a special Vocations Mass at St. Francis for 8th graders. We enjoyed lunch together afterward. That evening, the Finance Council, Tonya Eaton and Dick Johnson from our Building Committee, met to discuss ways to take care of the maintenance of our new facilities. Training on the various electronic programs for our new machinery and custodial needs were discussed. Later that evening, the Liturgy Committee held its regular meeting. Further Holy Week plans were discussed. The need for more servers and their training was also reviewed.
Friday morning, I celebrated the 1st Friday Mass at Vintage Hills. I enjoyed the Fish Fry at St. Mary’s in Elkhart that evening. On Saturday and Sunday, we had witness talks about “Just Faith,” a study and action process that will begin a new session soon.
Also on the weekend, we held our Annual Diocesan Appeal. We joined the parishes of the diocese in giving people an opportunity to make a pledge or gift through this diocesan support process. Fortunately for St. Luke’s, the diocese is letting us keep all that is pledged and given for our Building Fund. I encourage all to seriously consider making a pledge or gift. It is a wonderful way that the Diocese can help us help ourselves. Please be generous. You can use the card that Bishop Pates sent to you in the mail or pick up a card at the office.
Come April, we will be having two different ways that people in the parish can help get our new St. Luke’s facilities ready. First, we will be pulling the cables for security, phone, and network computers. Be watching for times to help out in the bulletin and announcements. Secondly, we will be planting 185 trees on our landscaping around our facilities. Be thinking about buying one of these trees and planting it, mulching it and watering it. That will likely be happening in late April and into May. The Parish Council will be getting more information, schedules and ways to be involved out to you soon.
And speaking of soon, St. Luke’s classrooms are painted, outlets are covered, and the ceiling lights are in place. Now we need students. Check out our St. Luke’s School web site. Call Tonya Eaton, our principal for more information about our August 2015 K-3rd grade classes.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann