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.

Dying to Self: Life Springing All Around

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

The blessing of our smiling and creative God is continuing to come to us in this marvelous spring weather. I rejoiced to see the flowing trees in full blossom without being cold weather snapped! All kinds of folks are mowing their 6 inch or more high lawns! We thank God for the gift of this early spring.

This last Tuesday, March 20, several parishioners, led by Ann and Jerry Arndorfer, fixed a nice chili and sandwich supper before our 7:00 pm Lenten Penance Service. That was great chili and a nice service that three other priests helped with that evening. Thanks Ann and Jerry and your helpers.

On Wednesday, I chaired the Des Moines Regional Priests’ meeting at St. Theresa’s. It is to discuss diocesan and regional concerns and to give some input into how to deal with those concerns.

Thursday was a full day of meetings and celebrations. I met with Brian Mulcahy, the chairperson of our Finance Council, to discuss information about tax bond borrowing in the future for St. Luke’s. During the day, I went to my dentist for my regular check-up and then had an AMOS board meeting. AMOS stands for A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy. It is an ecumenical effort to address agreed upon justice issues that can be worked on together. After Mass and Stations I enjoyed a little more of the chili and then we had the Finance Council meeting.

Friday morning, another Architect wanted to visit to offer his firm’s services. I enjoyed reviewing some of their recent work and talked about what St. Luke’s eventually would need. That afternoon, I went to see my Spiritual Director for my regular meeting and then enjoyed a Lenten Friday meal with some parishioners.

Saturday morning after 9:00 am Reconciliation, I prepared my weekend homily. The Saturday and Sunday Masses were well attended. After the Sunday Mass, I celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the 8th grade Confirmation class. We even walked through the Confirmation ceremony. I stopped by to visit the 2nd grade before their 1st Reconciliation this coming Wednesday. They are ready! I met with members of the RCIA team to talk about the Easter Vigil when we will celebrate Confirmation and Eucharist with our 5 candidates for full communion in the Church. It is all coming so very quickly!

This week with the celebration of Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. It is the most important week of the Church year. I encourage all of you to do everything you can to take part in the Holy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:00 pm at Northview, as well as welcome our candidates at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 7:30 pm and celebrate Easter at 9:00 am. You are encouraged to be part of the Easter Vigil service and not have to deal with the crowds on Easter Sunday.

May all be blessed in this most Holy Week.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann