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.

Signs, Thanks and Visions

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Perhaps I heard a loud sigh as I drove down Interstate 80 going west to be with my family on Christmas Day.  The sigh would have been from all of you who now could relax because the rush is over! The presents were purchased, the cards were sent, the cookies were baked and given to your favorite people, the Christmas dinner is prepared and, in many cases, already eaten, you had already arrived if you were traveling to visit family and, by the way - Jesus had already been born in a stable in Bethlehem.

Maybe in the midst of that collective sigh, there was some time to think of that baby in the manger. Maybe there was a quiet moment or two to realize the gift of God the Father’s love to each of us these special days. Maybe there was a reflective thought about how Jesus being born of Mary made it possible for all of us to become adopted sons and daughters of our loving Father and brothers and sisters of the one found wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Don’t forget that the season of Christmas lasts up to the Epiphany on January 8th with our Epiphany Fair after the 9:00 am Mass at Northview. All the days in between are chances to reflect again and again about the joy and peace that comes as Jesus is born into our practical, everyday world. The Little Blue Books are especially good at continuing out thoughtfulness until the Epiphany.

I want to thank the Vision and Purpose Team for all their work at developing our St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Parish “Vision” and “Mission” statements that were presented at the Christmas Masses. You can find them on our Website if you happened to be out of town for Christmas. I appreciate their efforts to reflect the input you gave from the survey that we took earlier in the fall. We look forward to that day when the “trilogy of centers” will help us in all the seasons of our spiritual lives.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the celebration of the birth of Jesus a wonderful time for St. Luke’s. Thanks for our music ministry, the youth and adult choirs, to the “gospel players”, who helped dramatize the reading of the gospel at Christmas Eve Mass, to the Liturgical and Hospitality ministers, to those from the Environment Committee who created the beautiful space for our Masses and for the set up volunteers who are so important each Sunday. I wish to thank St. Luke’s parish staff - Jenifer Mulcahy, our secretary/bookkeeper, and Cindy Clefisch, our Faith Formation coordinator, for all that they do for me and for St. Luke’s as our parish grows to become what God has in mind for us.

May all of you be blessed as we begin the second year of the life of St. Luke the Evangelist’s faith community. We thank God for the growth of this last year and ask St. Luke to intercede for us as we take the next steps in following God’s plan for us.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann