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.

St. Luke’s Parish and School - Steps Closer

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Less we get the idea that we are not going into a dry period, during the 9:00 am Mass on June 23 there was a steady downpour. I could almost hear myself over the microphone! God continues to bless us.

Last Sunday, June 16-17, I had the privilege of celebrating the wake and funeral for Paul Tursi from St. Anthony’s. He and his brother Joe ran Tursi’s Clothing Store on SW 9th for years. On that Monday evening, we held our “Phone-a-thon” for our Together We Build capital campaign. A good number of volunteers spent some time calling those who have not been contacted and invited to be part of our parish effort.

Tuesday, June 18, the area Catholic Pastors had lunch together at Talley’s in Beaverdale. It is great to keep in touch with each other and keep updated.

Wednesday evening, the St. Luke’s School committee held its monthly meeting. Darcie Tallman from the Diocesan School’s office continues to help us develop our marketing strategy. We hope to have “coffees” at St. Luke’s and at OLIH in late August to answer questions about our future school and to enlist interested families in being part of the school as it opens in August of 2015. It is getting closer and closer!

Thursday after Mass, we had the Holy Hour from 6-7:00 pm for “Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom.” Join the Fortnight for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty by praying the prayer on last week’s bulletin. You can also join Bishop Pates at the special Mass at10:30 am on July 7 at St. Ambrose Cathedral with its Holy Hour afterward.

On Thursday evening after our Holy Hour, the Finance Council met for its regular meeting. An update on the capital campaign was given. The contract with our contractor was also discussed with suggestions being forwarded. The budget for the next fiscal year was presented and given approval. This was done for the most part after the power in the St. Anne’s church and area went out. Fortunately, the sun was out and we just moved near a window.

On Friday, I met with the Tribunal Panel for our regular monthly meeting at the Catholic Pastoral Center. After that meeting, I set off for Panama, Iowa to be present at their annual Parish Picnic that was held Friday evening and went on through Saturday night. On Friday, they had all their usual food, beverage and bingo and game areas. They also had their annual Oral Auction. They had 245 items. They could really move through the items and had wonderful participation. I heard on Saturday that they took in over $63,000!

That Saturday morning, I joined several of my High School graduating class of 1963 for a 50 year gathering. We spent time at the pancake breakfast telling stories of our high school days. It was a good time to reminisce. I came back in time for the Saturday evening Mass at St. Anne’s. After Mass, I went up to St. Mary’s hall in Elkhart for the Knights of Columbus State Golf Outing banquet. It was great food and it sounds like a large number of foursomes enjoyed challenging the wind and being challenged by it.

Beginning this Sunday, I will be on vacation from after Mass till July 12. Fr. Mike McLaughlin will celebrate the weekday Masses at St. Anne’s. Fr. Leonard Kenkel will celebrate the weekend Masses on July 6-7. I will be with my family most of that time as we all gather to celebrate my Mother’s 100th birthday. It should be a great time to share memories, stories and to celebrate. 

Fr. Larry Hoffmann