Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Thank you so much for your prayers for me and my friends skiing in Colorado. The snow and the weather were marvelous. Great days to ski and to enjoy the days without looking at email! At the end of the last day skiing, I was taking my ski boot off in the condo in the entryway with a slate floor. I leaned against what I thought was the wall only to find out it was the door. Down I went, hitting my elbow hard - 13 stitches later gave me limited motion in the right elbow! Nothing broken or painful - just a little limiting and should be a complete recovery.
As I understand things, you managed to have a very good Ash Wednesday set of services with lots of people. It is always a great way to begin the season of Lent. It gives all a stark reminder that our days here on earth are limited. With that in mind, we are called to be serious about our spiritual lives and our need to change the ways of life that do not help us on our journey to heaven. “Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation” Paul told us in the 2nd reading for that day. Most all of us realize that we are not the person we want to be spiritually and these 40 days give us a good time to address what needs to change in our hearts.
I returned from skiing last Friday 2/12 and managed to get things put away and washed. On Saturday 2/13, I spent most of the day after morning confessions, getting through the regular mail and some of the email. I spent a good deal of time getting the homily and other parts of the Weekend Liturgy for the 1st Sunday in Lent prepared.
On Sunday, we had the Rite of Sending for our Catechumens and Candidates for full communion into the Catholic Church. They went to the Rite of Election at St. Ambrose with Bishop Pates that afternoon. These members of our RCIA sessions enjoy the time to study and to discuss so many different aspects of our faith. We never seem to have enough time to cover the topics.
I encourage you to continue looking at the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the ways they can be done in everyday life that you find in the bulletin each week. We are into this Jubilee Year of Mercy and this is a good way to make it practical. Our packing Meals From the Heartland on Tuesday February 23 will be a good example of “Feeding the Hungry.” Thanks to all who have signed up to help with the various shifts.
I announced last week that we will begin another time for confessions at St. Luke. I will be available from 9-10:00 am and from 3:30-4:00 pm on Saturdays. We have new brochures that can show you exactly how to go to confession if you are a bit rusty. They also have a nice examination of conscience that you can use before you come into the Reconciliation Room. Please come in from inside the church on the right hand side, in the back of the church. Lent is a great time to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. Note that we will have our Lenten Penance Service on Sunday February 28 at 3:00 pm.
The Ash Wednesday gospel talked about Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. May we from our hearts find ways to do these Lenten practices and grow closer to the Lord as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann