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.

The Quick Pace of the Summer Journey

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The summer has arrived! I am writing this letter early because of the 7/4 Holiday weekend. This Thursday the last of June it is 96 outside and the heat index is well above 100. I was out this morning for my bicycle ride before it was too hot. Keep cool and safe.

Last Monday 6/20, I joined several priests and the bishop at the “Fairway Fathers” golf outing. A nice group of young men considering priesthood joined us for a sunny, fun, if damp underfoot, outing. And of course, the bishop’s foursome had the lowest score. 

Thursday evening after the 5:30 pm mass, I attended the Catholic Charities Nite at the Cubs. It was a beautiful evening and the Cubs won the game. It was a good turn out to support Catholic Charities who support those in need in our area. 

On Saturday morning, we had our first St. Luke’s Baptism Preparation class. The program is still in development in conjunction with the St. Joseph’s Education Center and Dr. Tom Neal. After the class, I made a trip out to Panama to take my mother out for dinner at Norma Jean’s in town for her 98th birthday! It was good to visit and enjoy a nice dinner. 

On Sunday before mass, we had an altar server practice. We are still looking for more altar servers so that everyone can serve maybe once a month. If you are in 5th through 8th grade and would like to serve at mass, please let me or Eric Manley know. That Sunday afternoon, we had our monthly Stewardship Committee meeting. It is exciting to study about what “Making Stewardship a Way of Life” means. We are using a book by that name from St. Thomas More church in Centennial, Colorado. It really gets you to think. 

On Sunday evening and Monday morning St. Luke’s had its first funeral. Michael Fisher, 13 year old son of Janet and Kevin Fisher died after a short life time of medical struggles. Keep him and his family in your prayers. We are confident that he is with God the Father, he is well, whole and filled with joy. 

Later that day, I went to Bettendorf to St. John Vianney Parish to meet with my seminary class to celebrate together our 40th Anniversary of Ordination. It was great to meet many of the men that I have not seen nearly all of those 40 years. We shared lots of stories, memories and good laughs. We had the privilege of celebrating the Anointing of the Sick with Fr. Everret Heman who recently discovered cancer. 

When I returned Wednesday, a number of parishioners went to tour St. Boniface in Waukee and St. Francis in West Des Moines. It was great to talk with folks who have been through what still lies ahead for St. Luke’s. The people of St. Francis recalled making contacts to encourage families to join in the formation of their parish. We are in that same position. I encourage you to talk to people you know, possibly your neighbors or friends. Invite them to become part of St. Luke’s. 

As we build our numbers in our faith community, we will be able to include more and more people in sharing dreams, growing in faith and developing a sense of excitement of what God has in mind for St. Luke’s.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann