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.

Remembering Fall Glory - Anticipating Summer Fun

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I came back from Sunday Mass at Ashland Ridge, there were a good number of people out raking, bagging and blowing their leaves. The “Glory of the Lord,” the beautiful leaves are now making lawns colorful and inviting for kids play. Soon the winter color of our trees will dominate the horizons.

Sunday evening, November 3, I took part in one of the “Good News People” small groups that is meeting for 6 weeks this fall at OLIH. It is a group that I met with a year or so ago. It will keep us challenged with this week’s focus on the virtue of love.

Monday morning, I took part in the funeral for Fr. Art McCann at St. Theresa’s. Fr. Art lived in St. Theresa’s after he retired and enjoyed several members of his family who also were parishioners. He had worked in many parishes and spent his last years as Hospital Chaplain. That evening, my brother Tom and I enjoyed dinner with two of my mother’s youngest sister’s children. It was good to share our histories and all that has happened since we were children back home.

On Wednesday, November 6, the priests of the diocese gathered for a Study Day at All Saints in Stuart. We reviewed a draft of revised Marriage preparation guidelines. We enjoyed a presenter, Dr. James Healy, who has a CD “When the Cake is Gone; How to be Married and Stay Engaged.” The approaches he spoke about will be very helpful.

Early in that evening, I met with the family of Dale Krumbholz, a friend from St. Anthony’s days who had died. He was part of a summer golf group that played at the Blank course. Later in the evening, we had our Strategic Planning Team meeting at the rectory. My brother Tom had met with the Architect/Contractors in the morning and they shared the progress for Phase I with us at our meeting. There was some discussion about the need for additional parking in the 1st Phase plans. That will be put together as an added alternate.

Thursday late morning, I had the privilege of celebrating a Mass at Jim and Pat Brady’s home. It was a celebration of Jennie Ervine’s birthday. Jennie is Pat’s mother. The lunch was great too. In the afternoon, I met with Kevin and Paul Koester and Dan Garret to talk about what is involved in using tax credit funding for Senior Housing. They shared what had been done at Christ the King in building their housing. When St. Luke’s gets ready for our Senior Housing, this template will be very helpful. The diocese is establishing a Senior Housing Commission that also may come into play. Later that evening, the Liturgy Committee met for its monthly meeting.

Friday evening, I attended the Wake for Dale Krumbholz at Southtown Funeral Home and celebrated the funeral Saturday morning at St. Anthony’s. May he rest in peace.

Compliments to the people of St. Anne’s who finished the painting inside their Church Sanctuary and kitchen. It does look clean and fresh. Sunday morning, November 10, we heard from Chris Wadle, the director of the St. Thomas More Center in Panora. He told us about Catholic Youth Camp and how young people enjoy a great fun and faith week in the summer. Registration begins on-line after the 1st of the year.

If, for whatever reason you did not get a chance to fill out the Time and Talent survey this weekend, you can pull it up on our Web Site under registration information. Consider being part of one of the ministries, committees and activities of St. Luke’s. All of us taking a part will help our community grow.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann