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.

Time to Relax and Enjoy

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I am writing this letter right before our Parish Picnic at North Creek Park. It is unusual outside - mild temperatures - clouds - looking very nice for our gathering in the park. Thank You Lord! It should be fun.

These last two weeks, I have enjoyed my vacation. Thirty-one of my family members stayed together in one very large house for a week in Keystone, Colorado. It was a wonderful way to spend time together. The various families decided day by day what they wanted to do. Most all hiked various trails - some went bicycling on very nice trails - some went to the large lake, Dillon. And we played lots of cards, told stories, had evening teams to prepare the meal and watched some movies. I recommend time in the mountains for any family!

The following week, I visited a priest friend in Kansas City and then visited with my sister in Knoxville, Iowa. It was great to relax and enjoy.

All the while we were in Colorado, we heard daily reports about the wild fires. None were near us but lots and lots of families were displaced and lost their homes. It was really dry. May the Lord bless us all with the rain we need. Keep these people in your prayers.

I hear that the Fortnight for Freedom walk to the State Capital had about 2,500 people attend in the face of the very hot weather. May we all grow in our understanding of the threat to our Religious Freedom. If you have not yet read the brochure “Our First and Most Cherished Freedom,” I recommend that you do so. It helps get a clear understanding of what the issue really is and some background about it.

As you heard from Mike Gatzke on July 1, we have engaged Neumann-Munson Architects/BVH Architects to help us develop our Master Plan for the St. Luke the Evangelist facilities. The Strategic Planning Team will work closely with them and be looking to all of you for your thoughts and input in the very near future. May the Holy Spirit guide us all as we plan for the future in how we will follow our vision: “We worship. We teach. We care.”

It is hard to believe, but Cindy Clefisch is already putting together the plans for Religious Education for September. This year we will be using St. Anne’s Parish facilities for our classes on Wednesday evenings: 6-7:00 pm for K-5 and 7:15-8:30 pm for 6-12 grades. Cindy is looking for Catechists for our fall classes, so if you are interested, please let her know at the parish office or her email, faithformation@saintluketheevangelist.org.

While Fr. Steve and I were on vacation these last days, both of our watches stopped permanently. After we got home we bought new watches. I wonder if God was telling us to appreciate His gift of time without having to always keep track of every second. May all of you enjoy the gift of relaxing and joy filled time these summer days. Take full advantage of this gift to be refreshed and recreated. May we all be enabled to then be our best selves to meet the challenges that will come our way.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann