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.

Together We Build and St. Luke’s Rectory

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

After 1st Communion last Sunday, I talked to some family members from Minnesota. They talked about power outages, ice storms, downed trees, blizzards - normal spring weather for Minnesota? None the less, spring really is here! If we are not careful, the grass will have to be mowed soon.

As you will know by the time you read this bulletin after Mass, this is the weekend that we are announcing the St. Luke the Evangelist “Together We Build” Capital Campaign for our 1st Phase facilities. In that 1st phase, we will build our large fellowship hall that will be a dedicated worship space, classrooms for PK - 8th grade, including a large gym and office space for the parish and school.

This indeed is a very large undertaking. We need help from all of you and even those outside St. Luke’s on three levels. We need your daily prayers. A special St. Luke’s Campaign Prayer is available today. Second, we need lots of volunteers to help with the many different areas of this campaign. Cards to sign up to volunteer are available at Masses and at the parish office. Third, all will be asked to help financially. You will be hearing more about the goals and the ways you can help in the coming weeks. Again, keep St. Luke’s in your daily prayers that we may find and follow God’s way and plan for our parish.

Last Monday, I was present for Mary Fitzgerald’s funeral at SS. John and Paul in Altoona. Mary was Fr. Tim Fitzgerald’s mother. Fr. Tim helped me with weekend Masses for several years at St. Theresa’s.

On Tuesday evening, the Recruitment and Welcoming Team had their monthly meeting. We were happy that the pictorial directory is in the hands of parishioners. The pictures are great and will be a big help in remembering names and faces. Guidelines for internet communication for the parish were approved.

On Wednesday, I attended the St. Theresa’s Sixth Grade performance of the play they had written at Hoyt Sherman Place. It was amazing that these young people could excel in both levels of this production.

Thursday evening after Mass, the regular Adoration of the Eucharist from 6-7:00 pm at St. Anne’s officially began. All are welcome to this weekly time of prayer. At 6:00 pm that evening, the St. Luke’s Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet had its first organizational meeting. Tasks for the leaders and committees were reviewed and discussed. We are underway.

Friday was a most amazing day! After Mass and the 9:00 am study of the Vatican II documents, several parishioners went out to our building site for a picture for the Catholic Mirror. Afterward, I went to 1st National Bank and signed all the documents for our St. Luke’s Rectory at 4622 NW 4th Street. At 1:00 pm, a good group of parishioners came to help clean the house. At 4:00 pm, a good group of parishioners helped move my things from OLIH to the new rectory - lots of books! At the same time, beds arrived, furniture arrived and a refrigerator arrived. Lots of hands helped put things somewhere and helped with the “some assembly required.” That night I slept in the St. Luke Rectory bedroom. Amazing! Thank you to all who helped make this happen. There will be an open house and blessing soon.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann