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.

Melting Snow - Changing Hearts

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I write this letter, the sun is shining and the snow is melting. I pray that it keeps up this week and begins the process of Spring really getting serious.

This last Monday, March 3, the St. Luke’s School Board met to finalize their plans for the interviewing schedule for our 1st School principal. Candidates will be contacted and schedules set for Saturday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 11.

Tuesday I enjoyed a “Fat Tuesday” lunch with the priests of the area. Seafood Jambalaya was wonderful! To continue the Fat Tuesday theme, the St. Luke’s supper club met at “On the Rocks” on Oralabor Road. The Stewardship Committee met after the dinner at St. Anne’s. We are in need of new members. Mike and Lisa Ceddia will be moving to another state soon. Tithe of the Tithe donations to outside the parish needs were set for the month.

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. We had wonderful crowds at both Masses with many receiving ashes as they began their Lenten Season. That morning, the architects and contractors met to review the Audio-visual needs of our new facilities. Conduit and power sources for various potential electronic devices were determined.

Thursday, I joined Fr. Wayne Gubbels and Fr. Reynaldo to talk about the missionary appeal for El Salvador that Fr. Reynaldo will make this summer. He will come to St. Luke’s June 28-29. More information about the needs of his diocese will come then. That afternoon, I had the privilege of blessing Brett and Amy Kenyon’s home as they anticipate the birth of their 1st child very soon. After the 5:30 pm Mass, Stations of the Cross were held, followed by Adoration until 7:00 pm. Then the Liturgy Committee held its monthly meeting. Discussion of Lenten celebrations and plans for Holy Week took place.

Friday, several members of our Building Committee and Liturgical Subcommittee met with our Architect/contractor to discuss our hall/worship space. Lighting, materials, positioning of liturgical things, sacristy, and so forth were detailed. After that long meeting, I was ready for the wonderful OLIH fish fry - great food!

Saturday, an interview team from our School Board and Dr. Luvern Gubbels - our Diocesan Superintendant - interviewed the 1st three candidates for our St. Luke’s School principal. We have wonderful potential leaders for St. Luke’s. Saturday evening after Mass, I had a chance to attend the finals of the girls’ basketball tournament. Harlan - where the students from back home attend - won a hard fought battle. Dowling Catholic High School also won another exciting contest. I had very nice seats with friends and Bishop Charron.

Sunday, March 9, we celebrated the Rite of Sending for Roger Haines and Lisa Anderlik. They are participating in the Rite of Election at St. Ambrose Cathedral with Bishop Pates later this afternoon. Keep them in your prayers.

As we enter the 2nd week of Lent, keep your commitments to prayer, fasting and almsgiving in mind. Let them be ways to help keep us walking on our journey toward Easter.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann