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.

Cold but Warm Reconciliation

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I drove to the church 1/17 at 8:00 am, the “Sun dogs” were in full array – beautiful - cold! The skiff of snow made it seem even colder. But we are well through January.

Monday 1/11, I was the host for the Shelby County priests for lunch. We enjoyed homemade Italian Sausage Soup with corn bread - it is good left over too. I was the good host and let my guests win in cards?

Tuesday morning after mass, the study group continued discussing the book “Like the First Morning.” It is a phrase by phrase study of the Morning Offering. Tuesday evening at our RCIA session, our topic was the Eucharist and in particular, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It was a good and lively discussion of how Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine consecrated at mass and in the tabernacle. I do encourage you to consider coming to our weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evenings from 6-7:00 pm. It is a great time just to be with Jesus.

Wednesday afternoon, I visited the 2nd grade at St. Luke’s School. They were prepared with 2 questions each that I enjoyed answering. We looked for a little while at what 1st Reconciliation will be like for them. That evening, I visited the 3rd grades at 4:00 and 6:00 pm. They had made “Thank You” cards for me. Nice! Later that evening, I visited the 6th - 9th grades as they began their new Unit on Prayer using the Edge materials presented by Patsy Carlson, our new Faith Formation director.

Thursday I enjoyed lunch with area priests at our Pastor’s Lunch at Applebee's. It is good to catch up on what is happening in other parishes. Thursday evening after mass, Patsy Carlson led the Parent Reconciliation meeting in Church. Parents received the materials that will be used in this preparation. I was able to talk a little about what the sacrament is all about. After that I went to the Parish Pastoral Council meeting. We continued our study of “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell. We met with representatives from the Boy Scouts. The National Office of the Knights of Columbus have asked that parishes rather than the Knights be the chartering organizations for local troops. At our next meeting, we will likely approve that change with the Knights helping with the representation needed. We also discussed plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy activities including a focus on Confession, the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and possible Lenten study groups.

Friday evening, I joined several St. Luke’s parishioners playing the card game “500.” All are invited to join us on the 3rd Friday evening of the month at 7:00 pm.

Saturday morning after the 9:00 am Sacrament of Reconciliation, I went down to the west steps of the State Capital for the Midwest March for Life. It was cool - about 17 degrees but not bad. A nice crowd joined this Knights of Columbus event with several speakers including Archbishop Jackles from Dubuque. We marched from there to the State Supreme Court building with signs saying “Defend Life.”

Saturday evening after mass, the Knights hosted a Family Food and Fun night and Free Throw Contest. Great hot dogs, root beer floats and games - Jinga was a hit. Following the fun, I helped with confessions at the Women’s Christian Experience Weekend at OLIH.

Sunday was a full time job staying warm.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann