Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
As I write this letter, we definitely have received our April showers! Over 3 1/2 inches of rain in one day will help catch up the amount of moisture needed for our spring planting and gardens. God continues to bless us after our wonderful blossoming of new life in March. We are grateful for His continuing generosity.
This last week, I enjoyed Easter Dinner with my family in Panama, Iowa, at my mother’s home. It was great just to relax and enjoy the great dinner. Easter Monday at home is a great tradition I love to continue.
While I was there, Fr. Chris Fontanini, the pastor in Earling, the neighboring town, had left for a retreat and I was asked to do a funeral for him the coming Thursday. I met with the family and we arrived at a good plan.
On Tuesday, I met with the St. Joseph Education Center search committee as we interviewed a person for Dr. Tom Neal’s position as director of the center. After that meeting and review of potential candidates, I met with a couple to complete marriage papers and plans for their wedding ceremony.
Wednesday, I joined the St. Luke’s Supper Club for dinner at Chips. I had to hustle back to St. Anne’s for the Strategic Planning Team meeting at 7:00 pm. We made some good progress. We reviewed most of the remaining questions we had, reviewed a draft of a letter to Bishop Pates asking permission to do a needs survey and we reviewed a St. Luke’s School survey to be sent to families with children of Primary and Middle school age. Discussion was held about the kinds of work that would need to be done if we were in two years to get contracts for the 1st phase of our buildings. Much would need to be done by then but some enthusiasm was obvious among the Team. They will be developing a report to the parish at our masses and on our website.
On Thursday, I went back out to Earling to celebrate that funeral I mentioned earlier. When I returned, I was happy to join in the celebration of Confirmation at OLIH. Fr. Orr and I joined Bishop Pates in Confirming 121 OLIH young people, 9 from St. Luke’s and 1 from All Saints. It was a very, very full church of parish, family and friends celebrating with these young people as they completed their sacraments of Initiation. It was a wonderful gathering of many talents and abilities to enable this celebration to unfold.
On Saturday, there was another SJEC Director candidate interview. On Sunday, we congratulated our newly confirmed 8th graders at our Mass. Afterward, the 1st Eucharist class had a practice for their celebration that will be on Sunday. Keep them in your prayers.
Again, thank you to all who have made pledges and gifts to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. We are very close to $40,000 from over 70% of our registered parishioners. I encourage all who have not yet made a pledge to consider some gift. Join those whose gifts will come back to St. Luke’s.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann