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.

Funding Foundations for the Future

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I marvel that I am writing this letter on the 1st of June and that so much of this year has already gone by. I am saddened by the outbreak of another tornado system in the same places in Oklahoma. May the Lord protect all victims of violent storms.

This last week, I enjoyed working with several of my brothers on the remodeling of my mother’s home. I helped finish the installation of a red oak floor in the kitchen/dining/living room of her house. My siblings were working to put new tile in her bathroom and entry way. She will have her home ready for the celebration of her 100th birthday later this month. Working with your hands and problem solving with brothers is great fun!

On Tuesday, May 28, Melissa Teggatz from the parish council and I met with the OLIH Little Learners and Fr. Steve to talk about the relationship between St. Luke’s and that program. That evening, the Capital Campaign Advanced Gifts Team, the Campaign cabinet and the Community gifts team met for their reporting and training. We rejoiced to announce that the $1,000,000 gifts pledge was surpassed that evening. May the Lord continue to bless us and we continue to pray for openness to God’s plan in our individual and parish lives.

On Wednesday, May 29, I saw the black clouds in the West after Mass and wondered about the day’s activities. I was to play in the Holy Family Golf outing at Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk. I went down for the 11:00 am tee off and the rain did not fall until the 13th hole. May the Lord bless us with drying weather so that crops may be planted soon including the seed corn yet to be planted on St. Luke’s 35 acres.

Thursday saw the Adoration from 6-7:00 pm after the 5:30 pm Mass - undisturbed by other meetings. It was a great time to just be silent and to be with the Lord. Stop by one of these Thursday evenings from 6-7:00 pm.

Friday noon, I joined Fr. Steve and the other members of our Tribunal Panel at the Catholic Pastoral Center for our monthly meeting. If there are any who would like to talk about an Annulment, I would be more than happy to meet with you. I have worked on these panels for almost 40 years and hopefully I could be helpful.

Saturday, June 1, we celebrated the Anointing of the Sick at our Mass as well as the Rite of Welcome for two of our RCIA candidates from St. Luke’s. Keep all our candidates in your prayers as they continue their faith journey to a deeper understanding of their relationship with the Lord. That evening, Mass was followed by our Holy Hour in conjunction with Pope Francis for the Year of Faith.

On Sunday, June 2, we again celebrated the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at the 9:00 am Mass. The Stewardship Committee had its regular meeting that afternoon. Then I was off to Conception Abbey for our Annual Priests’ retreat. Thank you for your prayers.

I encourage all of you who have not yet completed your pledge card for our “Together We Build” capital campaign to do so after Mass. It will save volunteers from coming to visit at your home this afternoon. All of us taking time to pray, to ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be able to do the best we can over the next five years, will together make our campaign a success. Remember that all 175+ families will be instrumental in laying the literal foundations for St. Luke’s parish for generations to come. People before us have done that in the parishes we have attended. Now it is our opportunity to do the same for these coming generations.

Let the Lord give you insight into your generosity as we take these steps into St. Luke’s future.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann