Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
Yes, I arrived home from vacation safely late Thursday evening, July 17. I had a wonderful time visiting my sister who had just moved to Northern New Mexico with her husband. They are in the process of rebuilding a home on the property that they had purchased several years ago. I helped them replace the metal roof on the home and to put on some of the fascia and trim. It looks pretty good now. Putting square steel roofing on a non-square house got very interesting sometimes but we managed to get it all covered.
They are in the “monsoon” season for New Mexico. It rains in July - and in this case, it really did rain several times through the night as well as the afternoon showers. The people of the area were delighted because they have been in a drought. I enjoyed traveling diagonally through Kansas, the panhandle of Oklahoma and into New Mexico. It is beautiful mountain country where they are living.
I noticed that Dick Johnson has taken an airplane ride over our construction site and put pictures on the website. Way to go Dick! You really can get a good perspective of the work that has been done so far. As I understand it, the plumbers are hard at work getting their work done ASAP. I understand that the electricians are mobilizing to get their underground work done as well. I am told that the pillars for the worship space are to arrive on Monday, July 21, so that steel should be well underway by the time you read this letter. All the sub-contractor bids are in the process of being finalized and set into motion. May the Lord bless our construction workers and keep them safe.
On Friday, July 18, I spent the best part of the day getting caught up on the email, the snail mail and answering phone messages. In the meantime, the vacation laundry was being completed. That evening I enjoyed grilled salmon and fresh vegetables courtesy of Kathy and Dick Johnson. Great food.
After getting the liturgy ready for the weekend on Saturday, I enjoyed celebrating the Saturday evening Mass. At the Mass, I had the privilege of baptizing Elizabeth Lauren Miskimins, daughter of Joshua and Jacqueline, and Samantha Marie Lewis, daughter of Nate and Anna. These beautiful babies did not make a sound during the Baptism nor when I presented them to the parish community. Good thing I do not hold them very long!
Sunday, July 20, the community gathered for St. Luke’s Mass at Ashland Ridge like usual. It was great to be back with all of you. I do hope that our parishioners on RAGBRAI had safe bicycling days this last week. Maybe I will try that another year.
Congratulations to those who worked on our St. Luke’s School/Parish float in the Summerfest Parade. 2nd place is not bad. Thank you to all those who helped decorate the bus and those who walked and rode along the parade route. I am sure it was a good way to let the community know we are growing and that the school will be open in August of 2015.
This coming year is going to be the Year of Marriage. The diocese is looking for representatives from each parish to be liaison to the activities that will unfold for this year. If you are interested in being that representative, let me know. There would be some meetings but more of a way of getting information out to the parish.
For all of you who are traveling yet these summer days, we will keep you in prayer for safe travel.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann