Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
By now you have mowed your lawn several times. The grass, flowers, trees and most all of nature is in full array. God is blessing the earth and those who live on it.
Sunday, May 10, I joined my siblings, nieces and nephews with my mother for Mother’s Day at the Harlan Hospital. We enjoyed the day sharing memories with her and each other. May we all be able to recall the blessed moments of life with our mothers.
Monday, May 11, I joined lots of golfers out at Willow Creek for the annual St. Vincent de Paul Golf Outing and Fundraiser. We all struggled to keep warm with the wind and the cool, damp weather. I had a few good shots and then the others not to speak about.
Tuesday meant several trips up to the building site to keep up with the rapid pace of progress there. I met with a couple beginning their wedding plans for their next year’s wedding at St. Luke’s. The weddings are beginning to get scheduled already.
Wednesday I joined the team of those who interview prospective seminarians for a round table about our interviews with him. Each of us had talked to a young man about the possibility of his going to the seminary and we discussed our interviews and recommended him to the bishop.
Thursday I joined area priests for our “Pastor’s Lunch” where we shared good food and talked about the happenings in our parishes. It is a great way to support each other and to gain new ideas. That evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. I shared a reading from the Liturgy of the Hours by St. John Chrysostom concerning the selection of St. Matthias to become the 12th Apostle. We then had a lively discussion of Chapter 4 from the book “Forming Intentional Disciples.” After reviewing the various committee activities for the month, we discussed the upcoming June 20th, 4:00 pm Blessing of our Worship Space by Bishop Pates. An open house for 1-3:00 pm was planned with guided tours by several of the Council members. We will make further plans for after the Mass celebration as well.
Friday and Saturday, I made my way back to Harlan to be with my mother in hospice. Nine of the ten siblings with in-laws and some of the nieces and nephews were gathering in prayer and support. I enjoyed having Mass in Mom’s room with all those gathered. We reflected that she would soon come to Jesus Ascended to the right hand of God the Father. Thank you to Fr. John Dorton for celebrating the Saturday evening Mass for me.
On Sunday after the 9:00 am Mass, I enjoyed hosting brunch with High School graduates with their families at The Noodle Zoo. Thank you for your generosity with the 2nd collection for the victims of the Earthquake in Nepal.
After Mass on Sunday, May 17, I realized that we will be at St. Anne’s and Ashland Ridge for Sunday Masses only 4 more times! Moving into our new facilities is coming up so fast with many tasks to be finished before them. We continue to thank the Lord for the many workers and volunteers who have enabled us to be this close to finishing these facilities.
May the Holy Spirit touch you and your family as we celebrate Pentecost and the birth of the Church. May that Holy Spirit be with us as we anticipate the blossoming of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann