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.

Catch Up - Meetings and Lenten Resolutions

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The gentle rain has come down, watering the earth. It means mud but also the grass is really starting to turn green - even at the Rectory! Maybe we can seriously look at getting the lawn mower ready and to putting the snow blower away.

On Sunday 3/19, I met with the Stewardship Committee for their regular meeting. We began study of Matthew Kelly’s book “Resisting Happiness.” It is an easy read but a serious challenge. We sent forward a proposal to the Finance Council based on chapter 10 of the study book “Rebuilt.”

Monday afternoon, I went out to the wake of Joan McLauglin at Missouri Valley. She and her husband were very active at St. Anne’s in Logan when I was assigned there. That evening, Cindy Shaw from the Emmaus Retreat House gave a presentation at St. Luke’s Church on God’s Mercy, a good refresher from the Year of Mercy.

Tuesday after the 7:45 am mass, the Tuesday Study Group continued their discussion of the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes and the Virtues from the Book “A Well Built Faith.” Beginning at 2:00 pm, St. Luke’s hosted Meals from the Heartland. The St. Luke’s School children packed meals for over 2,000 people. The shifts from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm packed nearly 20,000 more meals. Thank you to all who helped organize, set up and to pack the meals. It is a great service project.

Later in the evening, the RCIA met for its usual session. We discussed the Beatitudes and the Spiritual and Corporal mysteries. We reflected on the gospel of the man born blind from John’s gospel. The St. Luke’s School Board also met later in the evening. Several portions of the teacher’s and parent’s handbooks were approved as well as the next draft of the school budget.

Wednesday I had the privilege of meeting with one of our Kindergarten classes. They told me what they knew about Jesus up until he was crucified. I then read about the Resurrection from the Children’s Bible. In the evening, Fr. Steve and I celebrated Reconciliation for our 9th grade and our 10th grade Confirmation students. The 6-8th grades then had a blessing from me at the end of their session.

The Priests of the Diocese held their Spring Study day at St. Francis on Thursday morning until 2:30 pm. We had a wonderful and informative presentation on End of Life Issues. After mass, in the evening, the Faith Formation Council held its regular meeting. Review of Alpha was given. Plans for our next faith formation events were discussed. Progress on gathering resumes from those interested in the Faith Formation Director’s position were shared.

After that Council meeting, the Finance Council meeting was held in Room 121. Members from the St. Luke’s School Board helped present the latest draft of their budget. Authorization to offer contracts to our teachers was given. Review of the current financials was held. The proposal from Stewardship was reviewed for further discussion. At the same time, the Social Concerns committee held its regular meeting. Lots of meetings!

Friday I met with my priest’s support group at St. Francis. On Saturday, I helped with confessions at the Men’s Conference also at St. Francis. That brought us right up to the 4th Sunday of Lent weekend with “Rose” vestments and our Lenten Retreat.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann