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.

Easter Joy - 1st Communion - May Flowers

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

A week means that people have been out this week mowing the grass, the flowering trees are in bloom, the rain and sun has pushed flowers out. As I am writing this letter, the Sunday afternoon storm is moving in. Spring is here!

If you have had a chance to drive by the construction site for St. Luke’s, you have noticed that the grading has been all but finished. The area that will be the site for the construction has been leveled and packed. The retention ponds are nearly finished. The driveway cuts have been made in the curbs. I am told that lots of rain is forecast for the majority of the week and so that will slow down the finishing of the grading. We are in great wonder that the top of the hill where the farm buildings had been was entirely based on sand - likely left by the final glacier. Does anyone need sand? We now have lots!

Easter Sunday Mass was very well attended at Ashland Ridge. We had 525 chairs set up and they were all occupied. What a wonderful gathering of parishioners, their extended families and lots of guests. Welcome to all of you. After Mass, I spent the day with my mother and my family at her home in Panama. She was released for the day from her Rehabilitation in Harlan. Mother is improving right along and hopes to return home soon.

I enjoyed a bike ride on Monday and joined the Knights of Columbus that evening for their regular meeting. Tuesday morning, April 22, I joined my brother by conference call to discuss a possible bid on the security and wiring for computers for our new facilities. That evening, the building for liturgical needs subcommittee met to discuss what we would need in our new worship space. It was a good beginning look at what our needs will be. Later that evening, the St. Luke’s School Board had its regular meeting at St. Anne’s. We began to look at the needs of St. Luke’s School like reviewing and finalizing the constitution and by-laws for the board. We discussed the various committees of the board and their responsibilities.

On Wednesday, the Religious Education 2nd grade first Eucharist classes met to discuss and practice for 1st Holy Communion on Sunday, April 27. They were excited and attentive to what we would be doing come Sunday. Later that evening, the Building Committee had its every two week meeting at the Rectory. We reviewed the signing of documents needed to begin the construction and the progress that had been made during the last few days.

On Thursday, I met with my cousin who is living and working in Brazil and will be getting married in St. Boniface in Westphalia, Iowa, this coming July. That evening, the Social Concerns team met at St. Anne’s for their regular meeting. We discussed the 5th Chapter of “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” for our study. We reviewed the various tasks that were taken on for St. Joseph’s Family Shelter, determining the areas that the “Tithe of the Tithe” would be sent to and plans for the coming months.

Friday, I had the privilege of spending time for dinner and cards with the Shelby County priests at St. John’s parish in Greenfield. I almost won a game!

Saturday, we welcomed Peyton Lynn Kenyon in baptism at the 4:30 pm Mass. On Sunday, we rejoiced in celebrating 1st Communion for 16 wonderfully happy young people. Share their joy and keep them in your prayer in these coming days.

May all of you be blessed as we look forward to the May flowers after the April showers.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann