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.

November Winds and Prayers

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Can you believe that we are already into the 2nd week of November? We returned to regular time last weekend with light in the morning and dark so early in the evening. In November the leaves have pretty much fallen. The gray and tan colors remind us that this month is when we remember those who have died in our prayers. The growing season is finished. Life goes dormant until the Spring.

On Saturday afternoon 10/28, I enjoyed celebrating the wedding of Gloria Downing and Chad Heuer. With their large wedding party, we enjoyed their sincere participation and joyful voices. Congratulations Gloria and Chad.

That evening, I celebrated the baptisms of Saylor Hope Huseman, daughter of Sean and Clair and Allison Rose Lewis, daughter of Nathan and Ann. On Sunday Fr. Ralph Davis, celebrated the baptism of his cousin Frederick Anthony Weis, son of Michael and Terri. Welcome Saylor, Allison and Frederick. That afternoon, Alpha met for its early evening session in the Gym. After morning Mass on Tuesday, I spent the morning and afternoon at the Priest’s Study Day at St. Francis. We looked at “The Challenge of Leadership” and its 5 principles for making extraordinary things happen in organizations. That afternoon, we listened to Frank Harty. He spoke about things to be concerned about legally in the Catholic Workplace. That evening, our RCIA session focused on “the Communion of Saints” as we anticipated All Saints Day.

Wednesday 11/1, we celebrated All Saints day with the School mass at 8:30 am, the noon mass and at 6:30 pm. It is a great time to recall the “Saints” of our lives, our loved ones that we believe are in heaven right now. We can always ask them to pray for our particular needs.

Thursday 11/2, I made a home visit, met with a couple to talk about marriage and then had the evening mass followed by Adoration until 7:00 pm. Then the Liturgy Committee held its regular meeting in the conference room.

Friday 11/3, I celebrated the morning mass followed by adoration until 10:00 am. It was great to see the school children coming for quiet visits. Later in the morning, I went to Christ the King our monthly priest’s Support Group. It is wonderful to have other priests to share the events of life with and to receive their encouragement.

Saturday morning, lots of things were happening at St. Luke’s. Knights of Columbus were putting up snow fence; men of the parish were helping prepare the mobile classrooms for use; 4 families were attending our baptism class and The Alpha Holy Spirit Day was held in the gym from 8:30-3:00 pm. It was a wonderful day to experience 5 presentations on the Holy Spirit and to be invited to open our hearts to that Holy Spirit. May we all grow in understanding and in letting the Holy Spirit be understanding, and give us courage and strength in our lives.

Sunday 11/5, the Knights of Columbus had a wonderful breakfast of Egg Nog French Toast, eggs and sausage. After the 10:30 am Mass, Emily Elizabeth Hull, daughter of Mark and Koral Hull was baptized. Welcome Emily.

Remember to pray for all those in our Book of Memory during this month of November.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann