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.

Mercy, Forgiveness, Reconciliation

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

During this last week, I watched out my east office window at the grading that was being done across Weigel Drive. I imagine that new streets and basement foundations will soon appear. Does this mean that spring is near?

On Sunday 2/28, I had the privilege of blessing Greg and Pat Hand on the day of their 40th Wedding anniversary. Congratulations Greg and Pat! That afternoon, we celebrated the Lenten Penance service at St. Luke’s.

On Monday, I attended the Eagle Scout Ceremony for the Scout Troop that meets at St. Luke’s. It is an impressive ceremony representing a lot of effort on the part of the one receiving this honor.

Tuesday morning after mass, the Study Group looking at “The Face of Mercy” by Pope Francis met in the Narthex. Our Staff meeting followed. Some friends from Arizona stopped to visit for early dinner that evening. Afterward, the RCIA session was held discussing the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Wednesday 3/2, we held Adoration and Benediction for the 6-9th grade RE classes. It was a good time to just be in the presence of the Lord. Following Benediction, I helped with High School Reconciliation at OLIH.

Thursday 3/3 was a full day beginning with a presentation of the donation for our bleachers in our gym. The St. Luke’s School students and staff welcomed the generous gift. Then I celebrated the anointing of the sick with a parishioner who was to have surgery soon. The area priests met for lunch at Applebee's. Stations of the Cross followed the 5:30 pm mass and concluded with Benediction. The Liturgy Committee met for its regular meeting. We discussed plans for the rest of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. This greatest week of the Church Year is rapidly approaching.

On Friday, we celebrated the 8:30 am mass with the St. Luke’s School Students and parish followed by 1st Friday mass at Vintage Hills. That evening, I spent two hours celebrating Reconciliation at St. Augustin. It was part of the “24” Hours for the Lord that Pope Francis recommended for area parishes throughout the world. Our time was from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Saturday 3/5 after our 9:00 am Reconciliation, I went out to the Men’s Conference being held at St. Francis. It was very well attended. I had a hard time finding a parking place when I arrived. I spent about two hours hearing confessions. The men shared that they found the speakers and events very helpful.

Saturday and Sunday, the Annual Diocesan Appeal called “We Are One Body” was begun in St. Luke’s. I do hope that all of you by now have received your letter and commitment card from Bishop Pates. We have a goal of $15,316 that will go to the Diocese this year. We have been blessed the last three years to be able to keep all of what was given in the Annual Diocesan Appeal to help us with our starting as a new parish. Now we join the other parishes of the diocese in supporting the work done on the diocesan level.

I encourage every one of our parish families to make some gift. If we all work together, we can meet and exceed our goal. Any gifts over our goal will come back to help meet the needs of our parish. Please be generous.

Take some quiet time this week to reflect on the Prodigal Father of last week’s gospel - who loved each of his sons. That Father gives each of us his Mercy.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann