Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
I am writing this letter early again and so what is happening now may be old news by the time you receive it. Iowa is being Iowa again with a little frosting of snow over the grass this morning. I really, really am ready for spring!
On Tuesday, April 1, I met with Kathy Sullivan from the Liturgy Environment committee to talk about what will be needed for Holy Week. Lent is fast moving to Holy Week and the celebration of Easter. At 11:30 am, I joined the Lutheran pastors and a number of Catholic Priests for the annual Catholic/Lutheran Luncheon at Grandview University. Bishop Pates spoke encouraging us in ways to focus on our unity. That evening, the Stewardship Committee held its monthly meeting. We finished our Study of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. We are hoping to begin a focus on some of the principles of this book after Easter. Copies of that book will be given out at Easter for any who did not receive one at Christmas.
On Wednesday, the Architect, Contractor and parish representatives met for our regular meeting. We are very close to concluding the drawings and having the contractor send them out for bids. May the Lord bless all these efforts and move us very soon to the construction stage later this month. After lunch, I was part of the annual evaluation team for Matt Halbach, the director of the St. Joseph’s Education Center. That evening I enjoyed supper with one of our Supper Clubs at Bianchi’s 28th and Hubbell. Still later that evening, I joined several priests helping with the High School Reconciliation at OLIH.
Thursday I joined a conference call with representatives from West Bank, our Bond Lawyer, our parish lawyers, Finance Council members and Dick Johnson, head of the Building Committee. We discussed many of the fine points of the loan, the bond process and the timing of all of the above. Following that call, the contractor, the architect, representatives from the city, the Hanson Co. supervisor of our construction, Dick Johnson and I met out at the building site. We were discussing what was involved with and when the grading would begin. Frost and wet grounds are in that picture still. That evening, the Liturgy Committee held its monthly meeting.
On Friday, I had the joy of celebrating 1st Friday Mass at Vintage Hills at 9:30 am. We are hoping to make this a monthly 1st Friday event. I enjoyed the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at OLIH that evening.
Saturday meant the usual Reconciliation from 9—10:00 am and 3:30—4:00 pm at St. Anne’s. After the 4:30 pm Mass, we held a Newcomer Welcome for all those who have recently registered in the parish. Thanks to all who helped prepare the Welcome and who stopped by to meet our new members. Welcome to St. Luke’s. WE ARE NOW OVER 200 REGISTERED FAMILIES!
On Sunday, April 6, we held our Lenten Penance Service at 2:00 pm at St. Anne’s and then I went to help with reconciliation at St. Mary’s at 4:00 pm. It is the season. “The Light is On For You!”
I invite all of us to take time this Holy Week to renew our efforts at prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the three practices of Lent. They can help us change our routine enough to let Jesus into our hearts these special days. With your family, take a few minutes to schedule your Holy Week to include coming to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services. The three together—the Triduum– are the most important days of the Church Year.
Be blessed in these Lenten days.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann