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.

Wow! Master Plans, School Plans, Rectory Plans!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I look out my window writing this letter, I see a pretty high stack of snow off the parking lot from Tuesday’s “dusting” of snow! Tonight, ice is predicted that will eventually turn into 3-6 inches of snow. We are getting used to winter conditions after all.

Monday evening, February 25, the Adult Faith Formation committee met. We reviewed ongoing efforts and plans for later in the spring and looked forward to next fall. Tuesday the snow came and this time things were cancelled for good reason.

Wednesday, snow was moved and Religious Education was held - back to normal. I had a chance to visit again with the 2nd grade before their celebration of 1st Reconciliation. 

Thursday was a very busy day. I talked with the Faith and Friendship group of moms about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick - good discussion. At 3:30 pm, Adoration began until 5:30 pm. Then Mass followed by Stations, then Reconciliation till 7:00 pm followed by our 1st Reconciliation service and then a short Finance Council meeting. I was ready to get my feet up!

The Finance Council met to discuss the purchase of a house for the St. Luke’s Rectory. Several banks were contacted about financing this purchase and one was recommended. An inspection of the house was completed. Steps to close on the accepted offer are being made. 4622 NW 4th Street could very soon be the St. Luke the Evangelist Rectory.

Friday I helped with Reconciliation at St. Pius X School for a couple of hours. Then I went on a road trip to St. Leo’s Church in Tyndall, South Dakota for the wake for Tom Varilek. Tom and his wife Dina have been St. Luke’s parishioners for some time. Keep them in your prayers.

On Saturday I helped with confessions at the “Youth 2000” retreat for high school and young adults at Dowling Catholic High School. It is a wonderful combination of talks, witnesses, Eucharistic Adoration and sacraments.

Sunday afternoon, I helped with the OLIH Lenten Penance Service. Afterward, I met with a representative from our Capital Campaign Company. Following my meeting, we also met with a number of parishioners who helped discuss how this spring capital campaign at St. Luke’s will unfold.

As you receive this bulletin, please plan on coming to the “Town Hall” meeting this Sunday afternoon March 10, 1:00 pm at the Ashland Ridge Cafeteria. Our Architects will present their Master Plan for St. Luke’s and their plan for our 1st Phase for our St. Luke’s School space and Dedicated Worship Space. Hopefully you saw the flyer that was sent in the mail with an image of what the church could look like. The characteristics of that kind of look would also carry over into the dedicated worship space and be also highlighted in our school. Be sure to come and to see what has been happening and what is about to happen.

And last but not least, there will be three priests to help with our St. Luke’s Lenten Penance Service to be held at St. Anne’s at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 11. There will be a soup supper before serving between 5:45-7:00 pm. All are welcome to this free will supper.

May the Lord bless your prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann