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.

Advent Snow - Prepare the Way of the Lord

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

What a surprise to wake to snow covering everything this morning! It was very heavy and wet - the kind that will give heart attacks if we try to move it too long. It does move us into the Advent, preparing for the coming of Jesus mood. Thank you Lord for that.

Monday 11/28 we celebrated the Funeral for Dick Timmerman at 11:00 am followed by a very nice lunch. He was one of the 1st members of our parish. Keep his wife Judy and family in your prayers.

Later that afternoon, I enjoyed playing 500 with some other priests - I even won a set of games. That evening, Matt Halbach shared reflections from his book “Becoming a Parish of Mercy.” It was a wonderful way to help begin our Advent reflections. The Knights of Columbus held their regular meeting after Matt’s presentation.

Tuesday 11/29, I hosted my “Jesus Caritas” priest’s support group. It is great to be able to share your life with brother priests and know their prayers. That evening the RCIA session was held with a focus on the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the church.

Wednesday, after the morning mass, I joined a group of priests helping with confessions for the St. Pius X school students until noon.

Thursday 12/1 was a full day. I met with the 2nd grade St. Luke’s School students to tour the Reconciliation room. I enjoyed the Dowling Catholic High School Christmas luncheon. I stopped afterward for an eye exam and then went to give blood at OLIH. After the 5:30 pm mass, we celebrated 1st Reconciliation for 50 of our St. Luke students. It was a joyful celebration. Then the Liturgy Committee had its regular meeting. I was glad that Friday came.

Friday 12/2 saw the regular 8:30 am mass with the school and parish members. Then I went to Vintage Hills for their 1st Friday mass at 9:30 am. That afternoon, I visited a new baby and her mother in the hospital and another soon to be mother of twins. Keep them all in your prayers for joyful and healthy life.

Early in the evening, I went to the visitation for Theresa Colacino at Hamilton’s Southtown. She was the secretary at St. Anthony’s when I was stationed there. That evening, I joined many people from across the city at the Catholic Charities “No Room in the Inn” gathering at St. Francis. With the silent auction, it was a great way to support the St. Joseph’s Family Emergency Shelter.

Saturday 12/3, the Knights of Columbus served all the ministries for our 4:30 pm mass. Thank you Knights for all that you do for St. Luke’s. It is very much appreciated. After mass, Christmas cookies and milk were enjoyed as the children made reindeer head bands. Great fun and great cookies. Several groups had their pictures taken after mass as well.

Sunday, more group pictures were taken after mass. It will help us all put names and faces together for those who serve on our councils, boards and committees.

In the days ahead, I encourage you to find out more about “Alpha in a Catholic Context.” We will begin this 10 week program on January 8th.

Don’t forget our 12/12 7:00 pm Advent Penance Service.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann