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.

A Week to Know the Mercy of God

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Sunday afternoon 2/14 was a wonderful celebration of the Rite of Election for our Catechumens to be baptized at Easter and our Candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church. For some, it was the first visit to St. Ambrose. This Liturgy means that those not baptized are now called “The Elect,” those soon to be baptized. Bishop Pates greeted each one individually and made them feel welcome.

Monday meant that I was still trying to get caught up on the email. Tuesday was more normal. We had the 1st session discussing Pope Francis’ letter “The Face of Mercy” with our morning group. Then we had the regular Staff meeting followed by my regular Spiritual Direction. Then I visited my dermatologist for the regular checkup. That evening, the RCIA had its session covering Lent and the Stations of the Cross.

Wednesday 2/17 I met with the Tribunal Session at the Catholic Pastoral Center. Later that day, I met with both of the 2nd Grade RE classes and showed them the Reconciliation Room. We demonstrated how they would celebrate the sacrament in preparation for their 1st Reconciliation 2/24. Later that evening, the Facilities committee had its meeting discussing further work on electronic door locking possibilities, reviewing the snow removal procedures and the final punch list item for the building.

On Thursday, I visited a parishioner in Mercy Hospital. Deacon Dan led the Stations of the Cross after the 5:30 pm mass and helped with Benediction at 7:00 pm. The Faith Formation Council met for its meeting at 6:00 pm followed by the Social Concerns Committee at 7:00 pm. Plans for our Meals From the Heartland event were finished. Discussion of three areas of direction were discussed in anticipation of the Parish Pastoral Council April 2 Parish Visioning event.

Friday after Lunch, I met with my Priest’s Support group at the Dowling Priests residence. In the early evening, I met with two couples to begin their wedding preparation. Following these meeting, I joined those who came to the Narthex to enjoy the card game 5 Handed 500.

Saturday morning, the Knights of Columbus held their Regional Free Throw contest at St. Luke’s Gym. After morning confessions, I met with another couple getting started on their marriage preparation. We congratulate these young people preparing to begin their married lives together.

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I encourage you to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a great season to review our lives, to examine our consciences, to recall our sins and then to confess them in this sacrament. God is longing to bring your heart and lives to peace. Come to St. Luke’s Lenten Penance Service this Sunday 2/28 at 3:00 pm. Three priests will be helping with confession. Come and know the Mercy of God that Pope Francis keeps reminding us is available to all. Note again, confessions are held on Saturday in our Reconciliation Room 9 - 10:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.

Stop in the Gym for the Knights of Columbus French Toast, eggs and sausage breakfast from 7:30-11:00 am. Free will offering.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann