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.

Living As Good Stewards

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners, 

This last week went by so quickly. We had our Stewardship Committee meeting on Sunday afternoon. We talked about the Annual Stewardship commitment of treasure and how we would do that at St. Luke’s. Monday evening, I went to the Knights of Columbus meeting at OLIH. They had the 1st Degree ceremony for six men and welcomed them as Knights.

Wednesday evening, the Organizing Committee met. We reviewed the various projects and activities going on in St. Luke’s. The Vision and Purpose Team spoke of their initial meeting and progress. Soon we will be setting up for a Strategic Planning Team to begin the Master Planning process for St. Luke’s.

Thursday, I joined Bishop Pates, several priests from the area and a number of High School young men to hear priests’ vocation stories after prayer and a nice dinner at OLIH. It was a good time to share how God helps us hear and follow his call to each person.

Friday, I hosted a good priest friend from Kansas City. We had a good day sharing stories and great food.

I am writing this on Sunday, October 16, and so I am anticipating our 1st celebration of the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on Tuesday, October 18. Hopefully, we can begin a tradition that can grow for the whole parish. May St. Luke the Physician touch our bodies with the health we need. May St. Luke the Evangelist touch our hearts with the good news of Jesus and bring us to share in God’s life.

Stewardship as a way of life is the focus of October 23rd’s homily. Stewardship is not just about money.

Stewardship is about conversion or transformation that leads to a deeper relationship with God. The Bishops of the United States wrote a pastoral letter called “Stewardship: A Disciples Response.” In this letter, they indicated that living a steward’s way of life is how we respond to our generous and loving God. A steward recognizes and accepts that God is the source of all things that we have.

As stewards, we are responsible and accountable for all God’s gifts. They include our time, our talent, our treasure, our faith, our vocation and our earth. As stewards, we are to be generous as God has been generous with us. We are to give back a portion of the gifts He has given us for the common good. As Stewards, we are to use - not bury - our gifts.

The Bishops’ letter tells us that living as this kind of steward is a true response to our loving and generous God. May we at St. Luke’s continue to grow in responding to God - in being good stewards.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann