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.

Our Continuing Celebration of Easter

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

There was an old saying that if it rained on Easter, it would rain on the following 7 Sundays. It didn’t rain, but it was sunny and the Sunday’s since then have been sunny too. I can take a lot of sunny Sundays!

Last Tuesday 4/5, I joined the annual Catholic/Lutheran Dialogue that was held at the Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. It was a nice lunch and discussion of the documents of agreement between us. That evening, the RCIA held it’s final session for the year. We reflected on the meaning of the sacraments of Initiation and how the newly admitted could become active parts of the church and parish.

Wednesday 4/6, I joined representatives from area parishes at a workshop, held at OLIH and put on by LPI, our bulletin publishers. It was a good look at ways to better communicate and what to communicate to the parish and the larger church. Lots of good ideas. That afternoon, the Priests of the Des Moines Diocese held their quarterly meeting at St. Theresa’s. We had presentations from the St. Joseph’s Education Center, Al-Anon, and Joppa, an organization to foster shelter for the homeless. That afternoon and evening, I met with the 4th grade Religious Education classes to talk about the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Thursday 4/7, the Priests of the diocese had their annual Spring Study Day at All Saints parish in Stuart. Dr. Matt Halbach presented on “The Pastoral Art of Accompaniment” as well as Steven Ministry and updates on annulments. That evening the Liturgy Committee held its monthly meeting.

Friday 4/8, I met with the 3rd Grade at St. Luke’s School to discuss “Grace.” They had lots of very good and insightful questions.

Saturday evening at the 4:30 pm mass, we celebrated the baptism of Callaway Kristine Dickinson, daughter of Tony and Kimberly. On Sunday we celebrated the baptisms of Taylee Stone, daughter of Ryan and Brooklynn and Trice Sporrer, son of Adam and Jane. Congratulations to all those baptized!

That Sunday afternoon, the Stewardship Committee held its regular meeting. After the visitation for Msgr. Stessman at Holy Trinity Parish, I enjoyed the Knights of Columbus golf dinner at St. Luke’s. Great job with the food!

Thank you to all who have welcomed the Dominican Sisters from Mary Immaculate province from Huston,

Texas. Their special mission is especially to the poor in the country of Vietnam. Please take home some information about their mission.

I appreciate all of you who have already responded to our “Increased Offertory Appeal.” Our goal is to have everyone use their envelopes on a weekly or monthly basis or to begin e-giving. If we all take a few moments to fill out the envelope that was included with my letter, our joint efforts will be able to meet our financial needs. Giving back to God is our way of appreciating God’s great love for each one of us.

Keep our 10th grade Confirmation candidates and our First Eucharist class in your prayers as they anticipate celebrating Confirmation on April 24 and First Eucharist on May 1.

Peace,
Fr. Larry Hoffmann