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.

Fall Really Has Arrived!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Summer is refusing to end. Even though the calendar says it is now Fall, summer and 90 degree heat remain saying “No” to concluding our very warm days.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ministry Fair September 16 & 17. It is great to see many, many tables representing the activities and groups at St. Luke’s.

I enjoyed the Serra Club Priest’s Appreciation dinner at Walnut Woods on Monday, September 18th. It is a nice lodge to gather and still have ready access to the park environment. The Serra Club member’s prayers are very much appreciated.

Tuesday, Sepember 19, the St. Luke’s staff had their regular meeting. The various calendars were reviewed and plans for the immediate weeks were discussed. That evening, the RCIA held its 3rd session discussing the topic of Prayer.

Wednesday Morning, I met for the second time for 4th grade altar server training with our school students. I will have met with the RE 4th graders on September 27th. That evening, the Facilities committee held its regular meeting followed by the Finance Council. The Finance Council reviewed the monthly financial statements. We also discussed the Capital Campaign companies that have been contacted. The extended Request for Proposal was also reviewed. Progress of Strategic Planning and work on the Mobile Classrooms were also reported.

Thursday and Friday, I gathered with my class from Conception Seminary College for our 50th Anniversary of Graduation. We enjoyed being together those two days and shared many stories of all the things that have happened during those years. We enjoyed being with the monks of Conception Abbey, the college students and other Alumni at the Friday Mass and dinner. That Thursday evening, the Faith Formation Council held its regular meeting followed by training for table hosts for Alpha. Alpha will begin on Sunday October 1, 4:30 pm in the Gym.

Saturday, September 23, I joined 18 foursomes playing golf at the Green Par-Tee at Woodlands Golf Course. It was a beautiful and warm day. Someone even made a hole-in-one at the $10,000 premium hole! Thank you to all who worked to set up this very nice golf outing.

Saturday evening at the 4:30 pm mass, we celebrated the baptism of Clara Ann Niewoehner, daughter of Jordan and Erica. Welcome Clara!

At our weekend masses September 23 & 24, all were invited to mark our Time and Talent sheets during the mass. After the Ministry Fair where lots of information tables were available, this gave parishioners a chance to find a ministry or activity to be of help to our faith community.

Thank you very much to the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus for providing us with a new flag pole north of the office entrance. We appreciate their efforts to help us acknowledge all that our country means to us.

The holes for the concrete that will provide a firm foundation for our Mobile Classrooms were dug on September 23rd. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard in the heat to get this step completed in our process to get these classrooms ready.

I encourage you to consider taking part in “Life Chain” by standing on Merle Hay and University, near St. Theresa’s holding signs supporting Life on this Sunday October 1 from 2 - 3:30 pm. It is a great way to offer a silent witness for life.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann