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.

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus - Welcoming 2016

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Could you believe that the light snow started falling before noon on Christmas Eve day, giving us a nice easy “White Christmas?” It did not look like it was going to happen, but it did. Thank you Lord. My family in Omaha found the “white” was more like 6-8 inches of snow. And then after Christmas more snow, like real Iowa winter right into 2016.

The day after Christmas, my sister who was at my niece’s home for Christmas, and I drove out to my brother’s home in NW Omaha for our family Christmas. It was great food, great company, a great exchange of homemade gifts among the adults. Then I came back for the Sunday mass and turned right around to return for more family time in Council Bluffs. So much good food and fun times! Staying overnight meant that I was looking at driving into the snow storm on Monday. My sister and I left Council Bluffs with lots of strong cross wind. Things went well until Atlantic when freezing rain could no longer be kept off the windshield. We went up to stay over with my brother in Audubon. It made for an exciting Christmas time.

With the snow and the Christmas break, there was very little going on in the parish. I prepared for and celebrated the mass for the holy day Mary the Mother of God on Friday January 1. There were lots of football bowl games to watch. Unfortunately, none of them were very close including the Iowa game. Next year!

I had a chance to go to a belated New Year’s party on Saturday evening with my brother Tom. We enjoyed good food and a good time playing the dice game “Farkle” - we call it “10,000.”

Saturday evening and Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany and even used incense! It is wonderful to be able to know that Jesus the newborn Lord is the light for our lives. After mass and donuts, several group pictures were taken including Parish Pastoral Council, the Knights of Columbus officers and the members of the Stewardship Committee. Soon we will have pictures of most all of our committees and leadership groups on display. It will help everyone to get to know these generous parishioners.

As we look forward to 2016, may the light of Christ fill your inner most being. May the Holy Spirit inspire and enlighten your hearts for God’s plan to be known and unfold in your lives in this coming year. May all of you be blessed each day God gives to us.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann