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.

Wind, March and Stewardship

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The entry ways of the church are collecting corn husks from our fields from the strong north and south winds these days. March is blowing in right on schedule.

On Sunday 2/28 the Stewardship Committee had its regular meeting followed by the KC Spelling Bee. I had a chance to go to visit friends in Harrison County that evening and Monday morning. On Monday evening, the parents of our 1st Eucharist students had their meeting in the church while the Knights of Columbus were enjoying their Benefits Dinner in the Gym. Great food!

On Tuesday, I helped with Confessions at St. Francis. In the evening, all kinds of things were at hand. The Social Concerns committee hosted the OLIH AMOS presentation in meeting Room #1, the RCIA Session was held in the Conference Room and the School Board was meeting in the Art Room. That kept us all busy.

On Wednesday, I helped with confessions at Dowling Catholic HS. Fr. Adam and I visited with the 4th grade RE and talked about the sacrament of Holy Orders. In the evening, we enjoyed Pizza with the Supper Club at Tom and Margo Gates’ home.

As we welcomed in the new month of March on Thursday, Fr. Adam, Tonya Eaton and I joined in the Catholic Schools Planning Process that began at the Catholic Pastoral Center in the afternoon. It is the beginning of a long range process that will enhance all dimensions of Catholic Schools for our Diocese.

On Friday 3/2, twelve hour Adoration was held. I attended my priests support group in the afternoon. The Family School Association held a Family Lenten Feast with games for the students in the Gym.

My brother Tony and his wife Paulette came to visit on Saturday and Sunday. We enjoyed the time together, telling stories, playing cards and finding good food.

This last weekend, we joined the parishes of the diocese in the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Most all of you should have received a letter from Bishop Pates with a brochure describing the Appeal, what it covers and a pledge card. Hopefully you have filled it out and returned it. If not, you can return it to the office or drop it in the collection basket on the weekend. Our goal is up for this year by $9,000 more than we collected last year. We ask each family to find a way to do a bit more for this Appeal this year. If everyone makes some gift, we can meet and surpass our goal. Any over our goal comes back to the parish for our needs.

I encourage you as well to attend one of our ongoing Capital Campaign Dialogue Events. These events are gatherings where a short presentation about the campaign will be made and then lots of time for any questions you may have about what this campaign will cover. It is a good time to gather and “dialogue” about this next step that St. Luke’s is taking.

Our Lenten journeys continue. I encourage you to remember to use your “Mass Journals” each weekend. Put them in your pocket or purse and take a moment during or after the mass you attend to jot down a thought that struck you. It is a great way to help listen to the whole Lenten Liturgy.

Keep our six Candidates for full Communion in the Catholic Church in your prayers as they approach the Easter Vigil sacraments. And remember our Penance Service Sunday March 18, 4:00 pm.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann