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.

Benefits, Broadcasts, Babies and Blessings

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The roller coaster October continues. This week we had cold, windy, nice gentle rain, warm days, drizzly days and today, Sunday as I write - the sun is out warming the bright blue sky with temperatures in the 70’s. God blesses it so many different ways in the course of a week!

Last Sunday afternoon and evening, we had our St. Luke the Evangelist Feast Day Pasta Dinner. It was delightful to see so many parishioners working together to make this day so special. Dinner ticket sales covered several weekends before the event. Sign-ups were held and lots of commitments to help were made. Some planned to gather the necessary food, paper products, bread sticks, pasta and sauce and enlist lots of desserts. The Religious Education classes and other groups gathered baskets for the Silent Auction.

The day of the dinner itself meant that the OLIH multipurpose room had to be set up, the silent auction arranged, the pasta and sauce cooked, the food served, the tables bused, the dessert served and of course the dinner enjoyed. Then clean up of all the above. There is something that happens when parishioners work together that cannot happen any other way. There is a bonding that takes place, a sense of ownership that grows. I saw and felt that happening at our Pasta Dinner for St. Luke’s. The gross income from the dinner was $3,300, with about $600 in expenses.

On Monday, a good number of Knights of Columbus gathered at St. Anne’s and agreed that they wanted to be charter members of a new Knights of Columbus Council for St. Luke’s. They are gathering interest in a name for the council and shortly afterward, the new charter will be sent in.

Monday also saw the KWKY 1150 Radio spotlight on St. Luke the Evangelist that would go on all week. At the 7-8:00 am hour and the 9:00-9:30 am hour, St. Luke’s parishioners joined the regular hosts to talk about St. Luke’s and to share aspects of their own faith journey. It was delightful to hear people from our parish join the informal conversations on the air.

Tuesday I met with the five sisters of Robert Monroe who had died earlier in the week. Robert “Bob” had spent a number of years in the Polk City Care Center after a major stroke. I had the privilege of Anointing him and giving him “Viaticum” - Eucharist the Friday before. We planned his funeral that afternoon.

Thursday evening, I led the vigil service for Robert Monroe and celebrated his funeral the next day. After the vigil, I joined the Finance Council for its regular monthly meeting. I was happy to see that we are financially on target according to our budget. Our building fund continues to grow through the use of the blue envelopes included in your tithe packets.

This Sunday, October 21, I was able to hold Esther Catherine Manley after her baptism at the 9:00 am Mass. She is our newest parish member. Keep her and her family in your prayers, as well as all those soon to be born.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann