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.

May Glory, Funeral Resurrection, Transitions

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

We have been blessed with wonderful May days - I am sure the May flowers will be bursting out in their array. We thank God for his spring gifts.

Last Sunday April 30, we did have a wonderful 1:00 pm 1st Communion for 24 of our young people. It was a wonderful time to know that Jesus is touching the hearts and lives with His presence and joy.

On Monday morning, I concelebrated the funeral for Norma Pins, wife of Deacon Fred Pins and mother of Fr. Joe Pins at St. Augustin. May the Lord bring her to eternal resurrection life. In the evening, we had more interviews for our Faith Formation Director.

Tuesday 5/2 after the morning mass, I went out to St. Mary’s in Panama for the funeral of Ed Griener, the husband of my first cousin Rosie. In the funeral liturgy, their 8 children indeed celebrated his full and colorful life. That evening, there were more follow up talks with our potential Faith Formation Directors.

Wednesday evening, I joined one of our supper clubs for a wonderful meal at District 36. Thursday during the day, I visited one of our new born children who was back in the hospital. May God’s healing touch her. After our 5:30 pm mass and Adoration, the Liturgy Committee held its regular meeting.

At that meeting Deacon Fred presented a proposal for helping our Parish understand and take part in Eucharist Adoration and Exposition. This proposal will be further developed and scheduled in the very near future.

On Friday at the 8:30 am mass, students from St. Luke’s Catholic School received their 2nd communion. They came to school in their 1st communion clothes and joined in the May Crowning that took place after mass. I had the wonderful opportunity to join the St. Augustin Fr. James Polich memorial Golf Outing at Waveland golf course. Beautiful. The golf was fun too.

That evening, I joined Fr. Ken Gross at the Holy Family auction dinner prepared by Bishop Charron. It was a wonderful evening with the Bishop’s specialty pastas and other delights.

Saturday afternoon, the Confirmation candidates and their sponsors gathered for practice at 3:30 pm. We were then ready to celebrate with Bishop Pates at the 4:30 pm mass. It was a wonderful celebration and touch of the Holy Spirit in the 18 young people who received Confirmation.

At the weekend masses, I also had the privilege of announcing that Fr. Adam Westphal will be the new associate pastor for St. Luke’s beginning at the end of July, 2017. It will be my responsibility to help him grow in understanding what being a pastor means.

At the same, time I also announced that if all things work out, Fr. Westphal will become the pastor in the summer of 2018 when I retire. It is not this summer, but next summer! By then, Fr. Adam will have a good sense of the parish and have come to know a good number of you. Please welcome him when he arrives after he completes his degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sunday morning, the Knights of Columbus were the Liturgical Ministers and music ministers. Thank you to our KC’s. We enjoyed coffee, juice and donuts after the masses.

May all of you be blessed as we continue celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann