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.

Preparing Leads to Rejoicing

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Thoughts of snow were all around us this last week, but the reality was West and North of us. We are not disappointed. The gift of a soaking rain was much better. May we always recognize God’s gifts when they come.

On Monday after Thanksgiving, I joined other priests of the diocese at our Monthly Good Leaders, Good Shepherds Institute at Griswold. We learned how to conduct meetings! Not just any meetings — but effective, meaningful and on time meetings! Now it remains to be seen if that can happen at St. Luke’s.

Tuesday evening, the Adult Faith Formation committee met. Discussion of our current efforts with adults was at hand and we looked to January as well. On Wednesday evening, the Vision and Purpose Team met. The wording of the parish vision statement was nearly finalized. Initial thoughts were shared about our Parish Mission statement.

On Thursday, another architecture firm representative stopped in to talk about the services they could offer when we would need them. It is exciting to talk with these experts about what could be for St. Luke’s. That evening, we had our monthly Liturgy Committee meeting. The progress of our Liturgical Ministries was discussed.

At that meeting, we also reviewed the 60 responses from the survey about Saturday evening 4:30 pm Mass that could be held at St. Anne’s. The responses were strongly in favor of giving a Saturday evening mass a try. We discussed the effect this would have on our Liturgical Ministries both at Saturday evening and on Sunday morning. As you saw last week, and will see this week, we are inviting all Liturgical Ministers to sign up to serve on Sundays only, Saturdays only or to serve both. We are also inviting new Liturgical ministers to sign up. We will schedule training in the next few weeks. This can be a way for our parish community to reach out to more and more people and to invite them and help us all grow close to the Lord. Please sign up to help.

On Friday evening, I was down at the Catholic Charities’ No Room at the Inn celebration. It is great to be part of this effort to help them minister to the homeless and those in need. It was a great party and a wonderful display of various Nativity scenes. 

Sunday afternoon, I begin helping parishes with their Advent Penance Services. Take time to celebrate Reconciliation as part of your Advent preparing the way for the Lord into your heart. Join the Penance Service at OLIH on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 pm.

This Sunday, we celebrate “Gaudate” or rejoice Sunday — the 3rd Sunday of Advent. It is a time to rejoice for the Lord is near. Our salvation is near at hand. Let this week be a time to be joyful and to bring joy to those you meet.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann