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.

Saints, Souls and Sacraments

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Sunday, October 27, I enjoyed gathering with residents and some parishioners for the Polk City Care Center Mass. Immediately after the Mass, I joined a good number of parishioners at Ashland Ridge for the Architect’s presentation of the 1st Phase plans. They had a computer 3-D presentation as well as posters of the various angles of these plans. There were lots of questions and many answers. We covered lots of items in the interchange. We will be putting the posters out over the next weeks for all to see if you did not make the meeting. All the same information and pictures are available on our website. Just hit the “Construction Zone” button.

Tuesday, October 29, the Liturgy Committee held a training session for new Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. New preparation books for lectors have been ordered.

On Wednesday afternoon, my brother Tom, from Austin, Texas and I visited with our architect in their downtown office. It was a chance to review some items on the 1st Phase plans. After that meeting, I had the privilege of interviewing another young man who is interested in discerning his vocation in the seminary. I am part of a team of people who interview the candidate on a variety of different levels. It is great to see interest in exploring vocations to the priesthood growing in our diocese. Keep our present 20 seminarians in your prayers as well as others considering that discernment. There will be “Vocation Prayer Cards” available after Mass next week.

Thursday afternoon, I dropped off at Christ the King parish, a number of the “Knot Rosaries” that our middle school RE students have made during October. They will be taken to their sister parish in Tanzania in the next week. They appreciated the young people’s enterprise. Afterward, I met with the Priests of the area for our quarterly meeting at St. Anthony’s.

That evening, we celebrated the feast of All Saints at our 5:30 pm Mass. At that Mass, we celebrated the “Rite of Reception” for Nicole Lindsey and Nathan Carhoff. In that rite, they became full members of the Catholic Church receiving Confirmation and joining us at the Eucharistic table for the first time. Welcome Nicole and Nathan!

Friday, November 1, saw the celebration of All Saints Day at the 7:45 am Mass. At 11:30 am, my brother Tom and I went down to the Habitat House that I helped for one day earlier this fall. It was great to see the families with big smiles as their new home was blessed and their keys were given. I recommend taking time to join such an effort when another “build” comes around.

On Saturday morning, we celebrated All Souls day Mass at St. Anne’s as their members waited to paint the ceiling of the church. They had it all finished before the 4:30 pm Mass. Good work St. Anne’s members! Because of the painting, we held our baptism preparation class at the rectory. Six couples (and two babies) came for the session. It is great to know that more young people will soon be joining our faith community.

Sunday, November 3, meant a very large crowd of St. Luke’s parishioners coming to the 9:00 am Mass. There we celebrated the “Rite of Welcome” for two candidates who are now in the RCIA program. We welcomed Roger Haines and Lisa Anderlik to the journey of faith with us.

After the Mass, the Capital Campaign leaders met to review the next steps for our Outside the Parish contacts for our campaign. Keep us in your prayers as we invite others to help St. Luke’s.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann