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.

Strange January Winter Days - But We Like It!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Yes the Ice Did Come! Sunday evening 1/15 and during the day Monday 1/16 there was a good coating of ice. Our weather forecasters told us to stay home and that is what I did - enjoyed the fireplace, hot chocolate and reading with a little exercise bicycling. I was happy to see by the very few accidents that many folks stayed home too.

On Tuesday 1/17, I did get out after the first layer of ice began to melt. The study group did meet at 8:30 am. That afternoon, I went to see my spiritual director. I also went for my every two months haircut! In the evening, the RCIA session was held at 6:30 pm with discussion on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

After the morning mass, I met with a soon to be bride to fill out the church papers for her. I also met with a representative from OLIH to speak about Stephen’s Ministry. We can have volunteers from St. Luke’s become part of the group out of OLIH. Stephen’s Ministers walk with people who are struggling with things like cancer, being widowed, lonely and other needs.

On Wednesday afternoon, I visited the 2nd Grade class at St. Luke’s. We enjoyed the bible story about John the Baptist. Then they had lots of questions. Then I went to Methodist hospital to visit twin girls who are in the NICU but doing well. That evening, I went with some of the Strategic Planning Committee to visit St. Francis School and their former principal Tish O’Hara. It was very helpful to get a feel for how they developed their school facilities.

Thursday evening after the 5:30 pm Mass, the Faith Formation Council held its regular meeting at 6:00 pm. Progress of Alpha was discussed as well as plans for speakers and groups later on in the year. The Finance Council held their regular meeting at 7:00 pm. We reviewed the financials for the month. We also discussed the schedule of activities for the Finance Council that are on our month by month calendar.

A good deal of time was also spent in looking at some projections, assumptions in light of the current finances and how they could develop into the future several years out. Good discussion was held with more to be put together at our next meetings.

Friday 1/20 after mass, I joined my Priest’s Support group meeting at Christ The King parish. We watched the Inauguration for a little while before our lunch and then our sharing. That evening, I joined a number of Knights of Columbus in a cookout on their new, large group grill. It works fine and the burgers were fantastic!

Saturday after mass, I enjoyed the baptism of Elizabeth Anna Sayre, daughter of Sean and Anne. Welcome Elizabeth. Then I went over to OLIH to be one of the judges at the Our Lady’s Little Learners Trivia Night. What a good time!

Sunday after mass, there were two baptisms: Colton Paul, son of Robert and Kelsie Formaro, and Colton David, son of Matthew and Stephanie Timm. Welcome to both Colton’s. Then St. Luke’s held its Open House and welcomed potential parents of students at St. Luke’s. Alpha followed at 4:30 pm with the focus on answering the questions: “Why did Jesus die?”

On Saturday February 4, I will be traveling to Silverthorne, Colorado for a week of skiing. Keep our group in prayer for our safe travel and fun days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann