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.

Summer is at Hand!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,        

Yesterday, May 31, evening and this morning, typical spring pop us rain showers and fast moving clouds are at hand. The grass is growing faster than it can be cut! It is great to forget about sweaters and jackets!

On Monday, May 26, I joined Fr. Steve Orr at OLIH for the Memorial Day Mass and blessing of graves. The on and off showers kept everyone guessing about outdoor activities. Later that day, I welcomed Reynaldo Esquivel, a seminarian from the Chicago Archdiocese to be with me this summer. He is taking a Clinical Pastoral Education internship this summer at Methodist Hospital. He will be very busy with his work but I will get to see him once in a while between now and the 1st part of August.

On Tuesday, I enjoyed the Pastor’s lunch at Talley’s in Beaverdale. It is good to meet with area priests to keep in touch with what is relevant to our parishes and to be able to share ideas. That evening, the St. Luke’s School Board met with Dr. Luvern Gubbels, our diocesan Superintendent, for school board training. I had a meeting at the same time at the Catholic Pastoral Center for priests to be informed about our Medical insurance, retirement benefits and to give input about residences for retirement. That is a reality that is coming too.

Wednesday was a great day to enjoy participating in the Holy Family School Golf outing. I joined Frs. Hartshorn, Reising and Leach and we managed to shoot even par golf! It was a great day and we all made a few good shots. That evening, the Building Committee had its regular meeting. Updates were given on the progress of the construction and the work of the various committees as well.

Thursday evening, the Liturgical Furnishings sub-committee met and discussed suggestions for the altar design, the ambo, presider’s chair, the tabernacle and baptismal font. Right now we are looking into how to use granite tops for these liturgical furnishings. Following that meeting, the Liturgy Committee had its meeting a week early because of the Catholic Charities Nite at the Cubs happening on the regular meeting time. A good discussion of part of the Vatican II Document on the Liturgy took place as well as the regular review of committee responsibilities.

On Friday morning, I met with Sally Nicholson, our Principal, and Dick Johnson, the head of our Building Committee. We reviewed the need to have a point person to gather information about what will be needed for furniture etc. in the classroom and the potential costs involved. Sally will work with School Board members and put together a working list of needs and possible costs to fit into the overall parish furnishings budget. That evening, I met with Paul and Katie Sample for baptism preparation. They will be baptizing their son Asher back home in South Dakota.

Sunday, June 1, I met with the Capital Campaign Leadership Team to discuss the Capital Campaign renewal for newcomers that will begin this week. I would ask that all those who registered since last June be open to a visit about our financial support of Phase I construction. We are well underway and still need about $500,000 from outside and inside the parish. Please be generous.

Following that meeting, I attended Fr. Bob Chamberlain’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination party. Congratulations Fr. Bob! Then I made my way down to Conception Abbey for our Annual Retreat. Thank you for your prayers.

Fr. Larry Hoffman