Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
The blessings of the Lord are upon us with blue sky, seasonal November temperatures and nice gentle breezes. It is such a contrast with the daily pictures we see from the devastation from Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. May the Lord surround them with prayer and lots of helping and caring hands.
This last Monday, I had the privilege of baptizing Noah Michael Kem, the son of Andrew and Kim Kem from Madison, Wisconsin. Fr. Bob Kem read the gospel and Msgr. Charles from Madison conducted the first part of the ceremony - a Concelebrated Baptism!
On Tuesday evening, I joined a number of families on SW 35th Street in their annual Trick or Treat block gathering for kids’ treats and lots of different kinds of chili and other goodies. All of the good food was outside under tents with lots of smiles from children and parents amused by the costumes.
Thursday meant the celebration of All Saints at the morning and evening Masses at St. Anne’s. At the 5:30 pm Mass, we had the privilege of receiving Gene Larson into the Catholic Church. He has been in the RCIA process in the last months. That evening, he professed his faith in the Catholic Church, was confirmed and received Eucharist for the first time. Welcome Gene!
Following the Mass, the Liturgy Committee met for its regular monthly meeting. We welcomed John McPherson as the Hospitality coordinator. At our next meeting, we will be reviewing the Advent/Christmas plans.
On Friday, we celebrated the feast of All Souls at the 7:45 am Mass. It is good to remember all our loved ones who have died and gone before us. We hold them in prayer that they may one day join all the saints in heaven with Christ the King.
Friday afternoon, I had a meeting with Bishop Pates, Jason Kurth, Vice Chancellor, and Darcie Tallman, Diocesan Schools Office specialist. The bishop wanted an update about St. Luke’s school. I was able to report that 193 St. Luke’s School surveys from St. Luke’s, OLIH, All Saints and St. Mary’s Elkhart had been returned at that time. 33 families have indicated they would like to have 63 of their infant to elementary children attend St. Luke’s School.
From the early returns of this survey, I am very excited about the interest and support of St. Luke’s School from families in the area. I encourage all who have not yet returned their surveys to please do so. You can drop them off in the collection basket, return them to the office or mail them in.
On a related note, the Strategic Planning Team has placed the Architects preliminary Master Plan site plan on our Web Site. Just click on the “construction zone” button and see their initial response to all the input we gave from our two workshops. They hope to complete their work by Christmas so it can be presented to the Diocesan Building Commission. Master plan work and school surveys have quickened the pace of the near future of St. Luke’s facilities and parish.
Keep our parish and our plans in prayer to the Holy Spirit so that we can understand and follow God’s plan for St. Luke’s.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann