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.

Celebrate Life: In Creation, In Graduation, In Eternity

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Yesterday the sun was shining all day - today it is doing the same. All kinds of people are running, riding bicycles, playing games on the fields and I am sure getting lots of outside work finished. The Lord is blessing us with the spring we have been looking for.

Last Monday, we celebrated the funeral for James Boswell, a new parishioner, at St. Anne’s. His wife Dawn, his three sons, James, Joseph and Justin and their families gathered with a large extended group of family, friends, neighbors and associates to pray for him. Thank you to all our parishioners who were able to help with the Funeral Liturgy and the lunch following. Keep Jim, Dawn and their family in your prayers.

Tuesday evening, the Recruitment and Welcome committee had its regular meeting. Discussion of various ways to use the media, including Facebook, Twitter, email and other print media was held. Further plans for the June 22 Parish Picnic at Big Creek were reviewed. Ways to support the St. Luke’s Catholic School Marketing Committee Summerfest parade entry were also discussed.

Wednesday, I hosted a meeting with Sally Nicholson and Kayla Crann from the School Board to discuss Sally’s job description. There are so many things to do beginning and before July 1 to get St. Luke’s School established. Be looking for opportunities to meet with her in the very near future and to talk about the possibilities for your children attending our Catholic School.

Later that evening, the Building Committee held its meeting. I was able to attend the first part of that meeting. Progress of the construction was reviewed. Various subcommittees made reports, including Liturgical furnishings, Electronics, School furnishings and Kitchen. Thanks to the Kitchen subcommittee for securing a huge number of place setting dishes and storage racks for our community meal functions - all for a bargain price.

On Thursday afternoon, I hosted my Priests’ Support group at the Rectory. It is great to have fellow priests with whom you can share the important facts of life and to receive their advice and encouragement.

On Friday, I met with a family whose mother was from St. Anthony’s. They had asked me to celebrate her funeral. We met and planned the funeral which was held the next day. May the Lord welcome Jody Radnich into the rooms of God the Father’s house. That evening, I enjoyed the gathering of St. Luke’s 500 Card Club. I lost several games but won a couple as well. Great fun!

At our weekend liturgies, we welcomed Ken Bresnan from the Catholic Charities office to share more about the 7 different programs they offer. He wanted to thank St. Luke’s for our ongoing support of their work.

After our Sunday Mass, I met with our Capital Campaign Leadership Couples. We planned the Annual Mini-Campaign so that our newcomers will have an opportunity to join those who made their 5 year commitments last year. We are still in need of growing support to complete the financial needs of our 1st Phase construction.

To all our graduates from High School and College, may the Holy Spirit be with you to help you discern your next steps in life. May your choices for college, work or other directions in life be surrounded by a deeper understanding of God’s plan for your lives.

Keep Luis Mejia and Andrew Windschitl in your prayers as they approach Temporary Diaconate ordination on June 8th.

Fr. Larry Hoffman