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.

Nature’s New Life - Fr. Jim Kiernan’s Eternal Life

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

This Sunday morning as I write this letter, I am enjoying the second wonderful sunny day. There is promise of more sun and a few rainy days throughout the week. All the crops, gardens and flowers will welcome the moisture.

And speaking of gardens, our St. Luke’s parish garden is really underway. With the help of several parishioners, a 7 foot fence is underway around our 42’ x 46’ garden in the south west part of our campus. Thanks to all who have helped with getting the ground ready, with the fencing and the planting. Stop out and see the progress.

Last Monday 5/16, Fr. DeCarlo arranged a priests’ golf outing at the Legacy in Norwalk. It was again a cool and damp day. This time, we had to keep our own scores. And as usual, I had some good shots but a lot of less than good ones. That’s golf.

On Tuesday 5/17, the Study Group selected a book about saints that have a Mercy focus. As soon as they arrive, the study will begin.

Wednesday, we had our regular Staff meeting looking in particular at the summer schedule. At 11:30 the Catholic Tuition Organization held its Board meeting at St. Luke’s. At the same time, I was part of a group responding to a USCCB look at the areas of diocesan communication including “The Catholic Mirror.” In the afternoon, I met with a couple beginning their preparation to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. That evening, the Facilities Committee held its regular meeting. Reports from the sub-committees were given.

On Thursday, two representatives from Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador came to make a presentation to the St. Luke’s Staff. It is wonderful to see what volunteers and “Sweat Hours” can mean for families needing a real home to live in, especially in that country. That evening, the Faith Formation Council held its regular meeting discussing various dimensions of our parish Faith Formation efforts. Ways to support our Faith Formation Director, Patsy Carlson were discussed. At the same time, the first stage of the parish garden fence was being put into place.

Still later that evening, the Finance Council held its regular meeting. A proposal was made to enable our outer doors to be electronically locked and unlocked along with other upgrades in our security. The proposal for this work was approved. The St. Luke’s School Budget was presented, discussed at length and then approved. The Parish Budget will be approved at our next meeting.

Friday at noon, I went to the regular Tribunal panel meeting at the Catholic Pastoral Center. I had a chance afterward to visit and bless one of our newest members at Methodist hospital. That evening, I enjoyed gathering at Ryan and Meg Schon’s for the Supper Club dinner. Great food and sharing!

Saturday morning, several parishioners worked on the garden fence. That afternoon and evening, I attended several Graduation parties. May the Lord bless our graduates as they take their next steps in life.

Sunday, I had the privilege of baptizing Leo Raymond Hartung, son of Adam and Katie as well as Anna Grace Moore, daughter of Kate and Erik. Welcome Leo and Grace! Pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Jim Kiernan.

This fall we will begin having 8:30 and 10:30 am masses. Consider helping with the needed ministries.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann