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.

Epiphany Light Shining on our New Year

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The New Year 2013 has begun with the feel of winter, the snow only slowly beginning to melt. After last year’s mild experience, we could only have a somewhat more normal snow and ice time this January. Wednesday, January 2, the Epiphany Fair was great fun. I got to help hand out “passports”, make Magi crowns, play Epiphany Bingo and even learn more about camels. All of this helps us open our hearts to the light that guides us to the newborn Jesus in our lives. 

Thursday, I spent some time at the hospital visiting Fr. Bob Hoefler from St. Francis’ parish who had some surgery. Please keep him in your prayers in these days of his recovery. That evening, the Liturgy Committee met and looked over the Liturgical events of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. We also looked forward to the calendar for this new year and even began to anticipate Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.

The committee also looked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s initiative this year to keep respect life, the importance of marriage and family life and religious liberty in prayer. They suggested Holy hours, adoration, daily rosary and other prayers throughout the year. More will be coming out soon in this regard.

Bishop Pates, through the Office of Worship, has made suggestions for the Year of Faith in our diocese. They include pilgrimages to various designated sites throughout the diocese. Guess what? St. Luke the Evangelist is included among the sites to visit during this year of faith. We will have to figure out how that can happen. One suggestion was to have a Mass and/or time of adoration on St. Luke’s building site this summer. Perhaps a “Tent Revival” of some sort could be put together. More about this later as well.

My oldest brother Tom from Austin, Texas, was up for the holidays. Now retired, he brings lots of background experience in project coordination. He is exploring if there are ways he can help St. Luke’s with our Master Plan and our 1st Phase. He stayed for a couple of days and met with the Strategic Planning Team at their Friday, January 4th meeting at St. Anne’s. We are realizing how complex trying to put together plans for St. Luke’s School and Designated Worship space is becoming. Trying to get a sense of how much can be raised that will then determine what can be built in the 1st Phase, is difficult. Please pray for all working on these facets of our Master Plan and 1st Phase.

Saturday meant the usual 9-10:00 am Confessions at St. Anne’s. Then there were preparations for the weekend liturgies. Saturday evening, I watched Bishop Pates’ Vikings not advance in the playoffs against the Packers. Still, I am sure we will hear about them from the bishop.

On Sunday, January 6, I attended Fr. Bob Kem’s Epiphany open house, a finance meeting and then was part of the Catechists meeting that evening. It is always good to have free food at these kinds of meetings.

May the Lord’s blessings be yours in this new year as we get used to writing 2013.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann