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.

Broken Bread Joyfully First Received

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Dandelions have covered lots of lawns with their bright yellow glow but now have scraggly heads of white seeds blowing in the wind. A whole season has already passed for this ongoing color. We look forward to other May flowers after the gift of wonderful rain from our gracious God.

This last week on Tuesday, I met with Bishop Pates and members of the Executive Committee for the Presbyteral Council to plan our next meeting on April 25. Later that afternoon, I took a turn substituting in the Knights of Columbus golf league. For the first time touching the clubs from last summer, it was not too bad - except for that one hole!

On Wednesday, April 18, St. Luke’s Parish Pastoral Council met at St. Anne’s. We reviewed a sponsoring letter for two new Parish Teams (like committees) for the parish. They are St. Luke’s Social Concerns Team and Membership/Welcoming Team.

The Social Concerns Team would find ways to invite parishioners to engage in projects and ways to reach out to people in need locally and beyond the parish. The Membership/Welcoming Team would discover ways to invite new parishioners to be part of St. Luke’s and then welcome them with information about our parish. For more information, go to the letter from me and the Parish Council on the website with the Sponsoring Document describing in more detail what these teams would do. Please let me or any of the members of the Parish Council know if you are interested in being on one of these teams.

On Thursday, the Finance Council met. We reviewed the financial statements for the month and the budget. We also reviewed the rental agreement with St. Anne’s for the coming year making slight adjustments. We discussed preliminary information about the possibility of double tax exempt bonds for schools being used for St. Luke’s 1st Phase of construction. That kind of financial instrument has been used by Neumann Catholic Schools in Mason City and Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. It looks very promising. Preliminary discussion about next year’s budget was also held.

On Friday, Fr. Steve and I were part of the monthly Tribunal Panel working on marriage cases at the Diocesan offices. That evening I attended a nice retirement dinner for people retiring from Qwest.

On Saturday, the St. Joseph Education Center conducted a mock Baptism Preparation Program at St. Anne’s. Several parishioners experienced this program so that we can begin using this approach at St. Luke’s. That evening at our 4:30 pm Mass, we baptized Elena Klemm, daughter of Sarah and Jeremy Klemm. Welcome to Elena, our newest member.

On Sunday, we celebrated St. Luke’s 1st First Communion. It was a wonderful celebration with 11 very ready young people. They helped me talk about “ghosts” in the homily and about the breaking of the bread by the risen Lord Jesus. It was a great celebration.

Peace,
Fr. Larry Hoffmann