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.

Blessings for Mothers, Catechists and Graduates

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

It is hard to believe that we are well into May and that this weekend we are gathering to honor our Mothers on their special day. Indeed, God has blessed us during April with showers. We are hoping for some good sunshine so that crops can be planted.

This last Tuesday, I had a chance to bless Sean and Jackie McAlister’s home and enjoy dinner with them and their son, Cian. On Wednesday, Jenifer, Cindy and I went to “After Images” to look at some possible St. Luke’s T-Shirts with our Parish Logo. There are so many possibilities and different things we could have to let folks know that St. Luke’s is in town. At noon that day, I met with the area Catholic Pastors for Lunch at Talley’s in Beaverdale. Good food and good sharing!

On Thursday, I had lunch with Fr. Jim Kiernan, one of our retired priests. That evening after the 5:30 pm Mass, the Liturgy Committee had its monthly meeting at 7:00 pm. The various Liturgical Ministry representatives reported on their concerns. Plans for the rest of the Easter Season and Pentecost were discussed.

On Friday, Cindy and I went shopping at Fareway for the Catechists Appreciation Dinner. I have not shopped for Iowa Chops and chicken breasts for a long time. It was fun! That evening, I went to a good friend’s surprise 60th Birthday party at the Rock Bottom. It was a real “surprise” and a great gathering of his family and friends.

On Saturday, the Knights of Columbus helped grill the Iowa Chops and chicken for our Catechists Appreciation Dinner. Thanks to them for the wonderful job grilling and 

serving the volunteers salads and desserts. It was great food and a nice celebration. We truly do appreciate all the work that our Catechists have done during this past year. Thanks in particular to Cindy Clefisch, our Faith Formation Director, for making sure that things are done so well all year. May the Lord bless you and your family, Cindy.

At our Saturday and Sunday masses, we celebrated the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. It is a wonderful time to ask that God’s healing touch in this sacrament would come to those who are in need for whatever reason. It is a great time to have the whole community of St. Luke’s pray for its members.

I loved the Lord’s gift of timing this Sunday morning. Fr. Steve told me at 7:45 am that there was a storm in Stuart heading for Ankeny. When I arrived at Northview at 8:00 am, they were already unloading the lockers from the trailer. By 8:25 am, everything was into the school. By 8:35 am the storm arrived! By 8:55 am, the worst of the wind and rain had passed. By 10:00 am, the rain had passed and things were re-loaded, dry into the trailer! Thank you Lord.

May the Lord’s blessing come to all of you who are mothers on your special day. May all of your mothers who have died be touched with the gift of eternal life by our loving and compassionate Lord. May that same Lord send the gift of the Holy Spirit to all our Graduates as they come to Baccalaureate this Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 pm at OLIH.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann