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.

Welcome to Our New Facilities!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

God is blessing St. Luke’s with the maximum watering of our new trees and grass! Thank you Lord. We are glad that we were not as blessed as was Adel!

Last Sunday 6/21, we celebrated our 1st regular Mass at St. Luke’s. The crowd was very nice after the overflowing crowd the night before. We are beginning to realize how the various ministries in our masses will be somewhat different and what it takes to set up for them and to celebrate them. Thank you to all who are helping to make these adjustments. At that mass, we blessed Bob and Kathy Lickteig on their 40th Anniversary of Marriage. Congratulations Bob and Kathy!

Monday evening 6/22, the Knights of Columbus celebrated mass and installed the new officers for the coming year. Afterward we enjoyed a light supper for about 50 Knights and their spouses in the Narthex. It is a nice place for a smaller group to celebrate.

Tuesday evening, the St. Luke’s School Board held its regular meeting. A Bereavement Policy was approved. A School behavior system was discussed. A system will be in place soon for the coming school year. Handbooks for teachers and parents/students are being sent out electronically for review. Arrangements for fall school board elections for two members were discussed.

Wednesday evening, I met with a couple that are interested in being part of St. Luke’s RCIA for this fall. If there are parishioners who would be interested in being part of our team, please contact me. If there are non-Catholic family members or people that you know who might be interested in exploring the Catholic faith, please have them contact me at the parish office. That evening, Ministry Training for all the Liturgical ministries was held at our new Church. A good number found out what will be different now that we are in our own space. Thanks to all who came out to learn.

On Thursday, I enjoyed lunch with the area priests at Talley’s in Beaverdale. That evening after 5:30 pm mass and Adoration, the Social Concerns Team met for their regular meeting. We discussed St. Luke’s part in the 6/24 Family Promise week at OLIH. We also reviewed our commitment to the Habitat for Humanity St. Francis House build. August 15th St. Luke’s needs to have 10 people to work that day at the St. Francis house site. If interested, contact Paul Carlson or the parish office. We detailed the next reverse collection for Catholic Charities on July 26-27. Towels and pillows will be collected for St. Joseph’s Shelter or the Refugee settlement program.

Friday 6/26, I attended the St. Joseph’s Education Center Board meeting at OLIH. Matt Halback the director, is reviewing candidates for his associate’s position. We also reviewed a draft of a Constitution for the Board. This new constitution will be inviting 3/4 lay members to be part of its quarterly meetings.

Saturday 6/27, I rejoiced in the very good Saturday evening crowd at our evening mass. Welcome to all those coming to see what the church is like. Sunday 6/28, we set up chairs filling all the space we had in the back of church. It was a wonderful crowd. Again, welcome to all who came to see the new church and other facilities. You are most welcome to pick up a New Member packet and join our beginning life at St. Luke’s facilities.

This week we welcomed Tim Voss from Walsh Associates who will help us with our renewal of our Capital Campaign giving during the next several weeks. It is a great opportunity to invite any new members to consider a gift to St. Luke’s to help us with our construction costs and future plans. More information to come.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann