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.

Advent Watching and Waiting Continue

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

As I write this letter, it is 60 degrees, sunny and beautiful and it is December. The forecast says we return to typical December later in the week. Maybe that will get us all in the Advent, getting ready for Christmas mood.

After our 9:00 am Thanksgiving mass, I traveled to northwest Omaha to my youngest brother’s home. His family was hosting our gathering. Great food and good visits. The next day, we gathered in Council Bluffs with my sister’s family for the annual Black Friday football game. My sister has a daughter that graduated from Iowa and a son who graduated from Nebraska. Now with their children, it makes a great gathering to root for the respective teams. Not much excitement in the second half.

On 11/28, I had a chance to be on Iowa Catholic Radio at 10:00 am with Jeanne Wells and Deacon Fred Pins. The topic was Stewardship. I was glad to talk about some of the things that we do at St. Luke’s in our stewardship efforts. The time went by so fast! That evening, our RCIA session talked about “Mary” of history and Mary’s current place in the life of the church.

Wednesday evening 11/29, we celebrated 1st Reconciliation with 5 students from Polk City. They had a Christmas program at their school on Thursday.

Thursday evening after mass, the rest of the students from Religious Education and St. Luke’s School celebrated their 1st Reconciliation. The doves on the tree in church represent the joy in their hearts after being forgiven. Later that evening, we had a rehearsal for next evening’s wedding.

Friday noon, I joined members of the Tribunal celebrating with Phyllis Caccitore who retired from membership on one of our panels after many years. Thanks for your years of service Phyllis.

Friday evening, family and friends gathered at St. Luke’s for the wedding of Megan Gollnick and Kelly Lang. It was a fine celebration with a Christmas flavor. Congratulations Megan and Kelly.

Saturday morning 12/2, I helped with 1st Reconciliation at St. Francis. They had several celebrations for their students. Congratulations to Everett and Lillian Huber who were baptized after mass 12/2.

Thank you to all of you who filled out your “We Are Gifted, We Are Called” tithing Appeal cards last week. Many of you were part of the Offertory gathering of commitment cards at our masses. Thank you again. If you have not filled out your card yet, you can do so on line or pick up one at the office. Thank you as well to those who made a 6 month commitment to our Capital Campaign for Phase I. Your generosity will help reduce our debt.

I encourage you to make confession part of your Advent preparing for the Lord’s coming. OLIH is having their Advent Penance Service this Sunday 12/10 at 3:00 pm. St. Luke’s Penance Service is next Sunday 12/17 at 3:00 pm. Don’t forget to consider coming to Fr. Adam’s 6:00 pm Sunday evening Mass with a focus on the four Dogma’s of the church on Mary.

Thank you to all who came for the Feasibility Study interviews with Bill Cordaro. He will use your input and the input from those who completed the on line survey to put together the Feasibility Study report. We will then have a pretty good idea about how to proceed with the Phase II proposal.

You can go to FORMED and get reflections about each week of Advent. It is a great way to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann