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.

New Year Off and Running: Snow and Cold!

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Ice fishermen are happy! This very well below zero temperature and a little snow will make their ice completely safe. I hope the fish are biting.

On Sunday 1/7 at the 8:30 am Mass, the Knights of Columbus provided all the Liturgical Ministries. Thank you Knights of Columbus for being present to us at Mass and for all the ways you help St. Luke’s.

On Monday 1/8, I attended a presentation sponsored by the Diocese on the latest offerings of RENEW International. They are offering two programs “Be My Witnesses” and “Arise: Together in Christ.” Both have a focus on Missionary Discipleship following the lead of Pope Francis. The framework is 6 small group meetings in the Fall and in Lent over a two and one half year period. Our Faith Formation Council will consider these offerings.

Tuesday 1/9, our Staff met in the morning and the RCIA met in the evening studying the sacrament of Holy Orders. Wednesday 1/10, I met with a family from St. Anthony’s to talk about the funeral of their mother. Then the Tribunal had its monthly meeting at the Chancery. That evening I met with the three 3rd grade RE classes to talk about Holy Orders and what a priest does. They had lots of good questions. In spite of the snow, wind and cold, I celebrated the funeral for Mary Rose Cardamone at St. Anthony’s. May she rest in peace. That evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held its regular meeting. They reviewed the two extra meetings held with their Council, Finance and the School Board especially with discussion about the Feasibility Study results. The possibility of setting up a Sister Parish relationship with Sacred Heart parish in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was discussed. A report will be given from the Social Concerns committee at our next meeting.

On Friday 1/12, the Capital Campaign Management Team of Fr. Adam Westphal, Jenifer Mulcahy and Bill Cordaro who did our Feasibility and myself met for our 1st meeting. Initial plans for the Capital Campaign were discussed. Action steps were outlined and the first meeting for the following day were put together.

Saturday morning 1/13, parish members were invited to be Team Leaders of the different committees for our Capital Campaign. The committees include: Public Relations, Spirituality and Prayer, Dialogue, Children and Youth, Calling and Thanks and Recognition. These leaders are looking for others to join their teams at the 1/23 6:30 pm meeting. All are welcome.

Ryan and Meg Schon have agreed to be our Capital Campaign Leadership couple. Ryan announced the beginning of the campaign at all the masses and invited everyone to the 1/23 Volunteer meeting. Thanks Ryan and Meg for agreeing to lead us in this effort.

On Sunday 1/14, Drake Nicholas Liedahl, son of Luke and Raechelle, was baptized after the 10:30 am mass. Welcome Drake as our newest Catholic and member of St. Luke’s faith community. Our Stewardship Committee held its regular meeting on Sunday afternoon. Plans for the fall Ministry Fair were begun. This committee will be cooperating with the Capital Campaign and Fall Tithing Appeal.

Can you believe that Lent is less than a month away? Ash Wednesday is 2/14. Easter is 4/1. Be thinking and praying about how to grow closer to Jesus when the special days of Lent come to us. Jon Leonetti will have two special talks on 3/25 and 3/26. Save the dates.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann