Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
We are in the last days of Advent preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I would imagine all of us last minute people are rushing about, shopping, finishing Christmas cards and getting the house ready for visitors. In the middle of it all, take some time for quiet to reflect on who is the one who is coming and how important He is for us.
On Monday, December 8, we celebrated the Holy Day, the Immaculate Conception, at our morning and evening Masses at St. Anne’s. That evening, I took some time to work on my stained glass project for our family Christmas exchange. Lots to do on it yet.
Tuesday, December 9, the Recruitment and Welcome Team had its regular meeting. They reviewed their effort to welcome newly registered parishioners, especially the mid November welcome party for 25-30 new members held after the Saturday evening Mass.
On Wednesday, I helped with confessions for the St. Pius X School. I returned for a late morning meeting to look at the kitchen and its requirements needed for the equipment we will need in the early stages of our kitchen use, especially for serving school lunches.
Helping with confessions continued on Thursday morning at St. Francis. I enjoyed lunch afterward with the assisting priests. That evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. We had a lively discussion of the 1st Chapter in our new study book “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell. It will give us good focus as a council and present a good challenge to reach out with our faith. We then discussed the activities of the parish in its various committees and teams. We anticipate having an Epiphany party at our next meeting in January.
On Friday, I went to the Catholic Pastoral Center for our regular Tribunal meeting. That evening, the Supper Club met at Tom and Charlene Judge’s for their Ugly Christmas Sweater party.
On Saturday, the Stewardship Committee held its monthly meeting in the morning. On Sunday, we celebrated our Advent Penance Service at St. Anne’s and then I helped out at OLIH for their service.
We look forward to celebrating Christmas at our 4:30 pm Christmas Eve Mass at Ashland Ridge. The children’s choir will be featured with 3rd and 4th graders playing parts while the gospel is read. Christmas Day Mass will also be at Ashland Ridge at 9:00 am.
May your gatherings with family, friends and neighbors these days of Christmas be filled with joy at the birth of Jesus among us. May you experience your relationship with Jesus grow and being drawn deeper into his loving care.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann