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.

Skiing, Sunshine and Safe Travel

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Yes, I did survive the skiing trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for my vacation January 7—12. We had planned on skiing at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but they simply did not have snow enough to make it worth the trip. Jackson Hole, on the other hand, did have a pretty good base for skiing, and the men I went with arranged a place to stay there. And being a senior citizen paid off for the first time skiing with reduced rates for ski lift tickets. We listened to a long Audio book during the 15 hour drive out and back. The mountains there are beautiful!

Thank you for welcoming Fr. Mike McLaughlin this past week for the Sunday and weekday Masses. It is great to be able to call on someone to cover when I can get away for a few days.

From what I have heard, the Epiphany Fair was great. There are pictures on the web site, so go take a look at them. It is a wonderful opportunity to surround this important feast of Epiphany with learning and fun moments for the whole parish. Thanks for all your hard work, Cindy, to make it happen.

I am glad to hear that there were 20 people at the Bible Timeline beginning session on January 9. It is great to get a sense of the events of the bible and when they took place and who was involved. It makes more of the scriptures we use come alive and helps point to its meaning.

I am looking forward to the three sessions of “Catholicism 101” on Tuesdays, January 24, 31 and February 7 at 7:00 pm at St. Anne’s. The little book Exploring the Catholic Church by Marcellino D’Ambrosio is an easy but good read to tell lots of things about the Catholic Church. It will be a good time to ask your questions and to find out some things you may not have known as well. There will be a sign up this weekend or you can call the parish office at 964-1278.

The Strategic Planning Team has had two more meetings since my last letter. We are beginning to look at values and elements of the kinds of spaces we can see for St. Luke’s. We can see that a lot of information needs to be gathered and understood as we continue the process of developing a Master Plan for our parish campus. Keep the team in your prayers.

The Stewardship committee met on Sunday, January 15. We are finding opportunities to help outside the parish community with our “tithe of the tithe.” Early in the year, a budget commitment was made to find needs outside the parish for 10% of the regular church support. When we ask individuals to consider tithing their income to St. Luke’s, we felt it was only right for the parish to do so as well. God’s blessings seem to surround those who put God first in their finances.

I hope that you can keep studying and praying from “The Little Burgundy Book” on Stewardship. It is a great opportunity to pray and reflect from the Gospel of St. Luke as well.

Thank you again for your prayers while I was skiing. All was safe and without physical damage.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann