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 Smiling on Our Feast, Pasta and History

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Saturday, October 18, is the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of our parish. Turn to St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician that we might be open to the good news of Jesus Christ in the gospel and for his intercession for our ongoing health and healing.

Plan on coming to the St. Luke the Evangelist Feast Day Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction this Sunday, October 19, 4-7:00 pm at OLIH. Join the fun and enjoy the good food.

As I thought of this Pasta Dinner, I realized this is our 4th Annual event! A lot has happened in these years. Our first Pasta dinner was held on October 23, 2011. I recall that it was a great event but with lots of scrambling - we had to bring everything to cook and to cook with as well as provide set up things.

We celebrated our 1st Parish Mass at Ashland Ridge on March 13, 2011, the first Sunday of Lent. The first baptisms were for Caroline and Calista Edwards, children of Matt Edwards and Tracy Deutmeyer, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2011. The first RE class was held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Northview. The first Strategic Planning committee meeting was held on November 22, 2011. The first Saturday evening Mass was held on January 18, 2012, at St. Anne’s. There of course have been many “1sts” since then. We have developed a wonderful history in these short three plus years.

I am pleased with the progress of our 1st Phase construction. The floor for the worship space has been poured. Side walls for the school classrooms and offices are getting a very “pink” seal. Hopefully, the south driveway and parking will be able to be poured soon. After enough days, the worship space floor will be seasoned enough to allow power lifts to begin its outside walls. Hopefully, the window framing will begin soon. The rain continues to delay the work but our construction crews are working around it as much as possible.

This last week, the priests were at their Annual Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri. The theme was Family and Marriage Ministry and featured John and Terry Bosio, family life minsters from Nashville, Tennessee. Their presentations and materials were very good. John is the author of the “6 Dates” program that some of you experienced last year. They have a follow up program to that. Perhaps we can invite more couples to enjoy this marriage enrichment program.

The diocesan office of Family and Marriage Ministry is putting its focus on “The Year of Marriage and Family Life.” Adam Storey is the director of this office and, with Bishop Pates, is having the kick off for this year at 2:00 pm, October 19, at St. Ambrose Cathedral. There will be many helpful ideas and programs for Family and Marriage enrichment throughout the year. Our parish liaisons are Casey and Margery Pierce and Scot and Jennifer Peil. They will help us with information from the diocesan office.

When I came home from the workshop, we had our monthly Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday evening at St. Anne’s. We reviewed the reports from our ministries, teams and committees.

This last Friday, October 10, was a good day for me to get caught up after the workshop. I went out to watch the floor being poured in the worship space as well. On Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at our weekend Masses. Thanks you to Deacon Dan McGuire for his homily.

Enjoy the fall colors - I just love the reds and golds! Happy St. Luke’s feast day!

Fr. Larry Hoffmann