Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
I mentioned that I was going up to St. Paul, Minnesota, to St. John Vianney Seminary last Sunday to visit some of our Seminarians. I visited with James Downey, Max Carson and Ben Baker. They were young men in St. Anthony’s and St. Theresa’s where I had been pastor. It was great to see them with their seminary formation atmosphere.
I returned from Minnesota before dark and was glad that I did. The snow was blowing hard across I-35 as I returned. The St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus held their regular meeting that Monday evening at St. Anne’s.
Remember to pick up your Christmas Wreaths that the Knights are using as a fund raiser.
Tuesday morning, November 18, Tonya Eaton and I met with a salesperson describing AEDs. That is another item that we will need in our new facilities and of course we will need to train folks on how to use it. At noon, I hosted my priests’ support group and met at the rectory after lunch at the Olive Garden. In the evening, the Social Concerns Team met for their regular meeting. There was discussion about our continuing connection to St. Joseph’s Family Emergency Shelter. We are nearing our yearlong commitment to them with 1st Friday meals and other supporting efforts.
Wednesday, November 19, Tonya Eaton and I enjoyed the Catholic Tuition Organization annual luncheon at the Catholic Pastoral Center. A $1,000 gift to CTO qualifies you for a 65% Iowa Tax Credit ($650) and earns you a 28% Federal Tax Deduction ($280) so your total out of pocket cost is $70.00. It is a great way to re-distribute tax you pay to support parents in need of assistance for Catholic School Education. See www.CTO.Iowa.org. That evening, the Building Committee held its regular meeting at the Rectory where we reviewed the progress being made with the cold weather at hand.
On Thursday, November 20, I had my annual checkup with my eye doctor. The sun is really bright when they dilate your eyes! In the afternoon, the Electronics subcommittee met with Iowa Network Services and Alliance Company to review their proposals. They covered the network connections from Weigel, the phone system and the computer hardware that will be needed for St. Luke’s Parish and School. In the evening, the Finance Council had its regular meeting. We reviewed the financial consequences and forecasts for our buildings. The financial reports for income and expenses were also reviewed.
Friday evening, the St. Luke’s Primetimers enjoyed the Community Choir singing their seasonal program at the Prairie Ridge Church. Saturday morning, I assisted with the 1st Reconciliation at St. Mary’s in Elkhart. The Knights of Columbus were distributing the Christmas wreaths in the afternoon and after Mass. Deacon Dan McGuire held Mass server training before Saturday Mass and after the Sunday Mass.
On Sunday, I had the privilege of baptizing Brendan Edward Babbit, son of Adam and Kimberly, and Anderson Abbas, son of Mark and Merron Abbas. Welcome Brendan and Anderson!
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. It begins our time of preparation and longing for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our lives. Don’t forget to invite Him in: “Jesus, I open my heart to you; come and be within me.”
Fr. Larry Hoffmann