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.

Alleluia, Alleluia - Divine Mercy Is Ours

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

I would imagine that Sioux City wondered if spring had arrived when they were moving 14 inches of snow that came on Wednesday of Holy Week. We were fortunate to have just rain and a little bit of snow. Everything is now washed and ready to grow!

Reflecting on Holy Week, I couldn’t help but rejoice when several people came for the Monday evening time for private reconciliation. It is a joy to help people celebrate the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord.

Tuesday evening, our RCIA class met for the last time before the Easter Vigil. We practiced how the vigil would unfold for the Catechumens and for those who will celebrate full communion in the Catholic Church. After practice, we enjoyed fresh cupcakes curtesy of the Bartlett family.

Wednesday, the Finance Council held its monthly meeting. The primary focus was to review next years budget with the St. Luke’s School Board. A thorough look at the numbers for several possible budgets were explored. Next week another look at that budget will be taken.

The next three days of the Triduum - Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil and Sunday were wonderful celebrations. The joy of the risen Lord was obvious in our celebrations, songs, greetings and well wishes. May all of you continue to rejoice in the risen Lord.

This weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a special time in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is a time to know that God is anxious to share his mercy with all his people. He is ready and willing to touch each one who comes to him with his Peace. Open your hearts this day to receive this gift of the Risen Lord Jesus.

By now you have heard that we are beginning a special Increased Offertory Appeal in St. Luke’s parish. I will be sending letters to every family this coming week telling about this Appeal. I will be encouraging everyone to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure. I will ask every family to use the parish envelopes or to start using electronic giving. I will be asking for everyone to consider increasing their level of giving by some amount.

Why are we having this Increased Offertory Appeal? St. Luke’s is a growing parish with wonderful new facilities. Our financial responsibilities have grown too, including the need to pay interest on our debt. If we all support our parish regularly by envelope or e-giving, it we all consider an increase, we will be in a much better position to take care of our financial responsibilities. If you respond to this 1st letter, this Appeal will be finished for you.

We continue our efforts to be a Stewardship parish. We want to give back to God a portion of all that He has so generously given to us. Using our time, our talent and our treasure for others is a true and practical way of responding to God’s love for each of us.

Be blessed in this Divine Mercy Sunday. Be blessed in this Season of Easter knowing that Jesus has risen from the dead indeed!

Fr. Larry Hoffmann