Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Mid February has passed. The only hint of winter is the unmelted piles of snow at the ends of parking lots. We are again blessed with 40 degree days. In turn, we ask the Lord’s blessing for the very dry ground. May He send us moisture for springtime growing.
On Monday, in the brief snow, I had my car in for its regular check up. It was neat to just relax with no way of getting anywhere for a good part of the day - riding my spinning bike, reading, enjoying some good food - it was a nice day off.
Tuesday, after morning Mass, I spent the late morning and afternoon with my priests support group meeting at the Basilica of St. John’s. It is great to share a “fact” of life and to have brothers help you to see God’s presence in that moment of life.
On Wednesday, I had lunch with the Serra Club members at the Farm Bureau office. They invited me to share about the short history of St. Luke’s parish. It was not hard to recall the history - now just about 14 months old. When you recall starting from no elements of what a parish usually has going, it is interesting to see what surfaces that need to be started and developed - everything! Thank you to all of you who have been so willing to help start committees, ministries, to work to enable us to worship together with all the Sunday moving, with help for Religious Education and on and on. It was fun to describe it all to the Serra Club.
That evening, the Strategic Planning Team met and took more steps in listing what information we need to gather to arrive at our Master Plan for the St. Luke’s facilities. Many interested Contractor/Project Manager companies and Architects have approached us to express their willingness to help out where needed.
On Thursday evening, the Finance Committee met at St. Anne’s and reviewed the monthly financial statements. We looked at the progress income and expenses compared to the budget that was established for the fiscal year. Brian Mulcahy, our Finance Committee Chairperson, will be presenting a parish update very soon.
On Friday, I visited with Dave Harmon who has farmed the St. Luke’s land for the last several years. We will complete documents for him to cash rent the land for the coming year. I met with the Tribunal panel at the Chancery at noon for our monthly work with marriage cases.
Friday evening, I participated in the Christian Experience Weekend at OLIH. I had the privilege of giving the talk on “Grace” on Saturday morning and of being the celebrant at that day’s Mass.
Sunday morning, we baptized Kara Marie Kuszynski, daughter of Bob and Alissa, at the 9:00am Mass. It is great to baptize new members and to present them to the community. I hand them back to Mom before they realize what happened!
May you be blessed as we enter Lent.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann