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.

Resurrection, Mercy, Mystagogia, Eucharist

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

God has blessed us with a wonderful sun-filled 2nd Sunday of Easter. I would imagine that lots of farmers are anxious to be out in the fields these growing days. May the Lord be blessed for His gifts to us.

On Monday of last week, I stayed with my sister in Gretna, Nebraska. It was great to sleep in and have a leisurely day. We took a short time to attend the visitation for the husband of a 1st cousin of ours who had died of ALS after suffering for five and one half years with it.

Tuesday meant that we were back to work as we progressed through the Octave of Easter. After the morning adult study session, we had our regular staff meeting. That evening we began the “Mystagogia,” the RCIA reflection on the mysteries of what our new Catholics had experienced in the Easter Vigil. God always touches lives in the sacraments. It is good for us to reflect on that moment in our lives.

Wednesday morning, I met with a person who may be interested in our Faith Formation Director position. The area priests met for “Pastor’s Lunch” at Applebees.

Thursday evening after mass, the Faith Formation Council met for its regular meeting. We looked at what we would need to do when we conducted “Alpha” a second time. We also looked at various resumes that had been sent for the Faith Formation Director. We are hoping to do some interviewing on Wednesday 4/26 and 4/27. We looked at the resource FORMED and asked everyone to come up with ideas about how it could be used in many different ways at St. Luke’s.

Following that meeting, the Finance Council held its regular meeting. A presentation about the possible use of portable buildings was made. The council voted to proceed with the process steps in attempting to purchase these available buildings. We used a work sheet to review and comment on the formation of the budget. Step by step, the budget will be built and approved.

Friday morning, Kathy Lickteig and Reta Althaus traveled to Savior’s Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas for a Stewardship Symposium. It was being held on the 25th Anniversary of the US Bishop’s document “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.”

Saturday morning, we celebrated the life of Doug Hamilton, Nancy Deranleau’s husband with visitation and funeral and lunch at St. Luke’s. So many family and friends came to be with Nancy and to share memories of Doug. A fitting gathering and celebration was held.

Saturday evening, Joss Matilda, daughter of Jayna and Andrew Beal was baptized at the 4:30 pm mass. Welcome Joss. On Sunday, Theodore Francis, son of Scott and Vicki Gilloley was baptized at the 10:30 am mass. Nathaniel Ryan, son of Ryan and Melissa King was baptized by Deacon Fred after the 10:30 am mass. Welcome Theodore and Nathaniel!

After the 11:30 am mass, our Potluck welcoming newcomers was held in the gym. Lots of good food and meeting new people were part of the gathering. Welcome to all our newly registered parishioners.

By the time you receive this bulletin, many of our young people will have received their 1st Eucharist. The rest of them will celebrate the 1st reception of Eucharist at 1:00 pm Sunday 4/30. Keep them all in your prayers and our Confirmation candidates as well. They will celebrate Saturday, May 6 at 4:30 pm with bishop Pates.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann