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 Blessing of the Green

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

And you thought I was gone on vacation! Well, I am out in Colorado as you read this letter. I am hoping by now that the fires around Ft. Collins have been brought under control. No doubt we will be able to see smoke on the way out. We will be west and south of Denver, away from that fire. Pray for the safety of all involved there.

As I mentioned last week at Mass, I helped interview two potential seminarians in the last few days, one last Tuesday. It is great to see that young people are seriously considering committing themselves to serve the Lord. Keep these young people in your prayers.

Wednesday, June 13, the Strategic Planning Team met and received the Request for Proposals from architecture firms. We put together a “short list” of those firms that we will be interviewing on June 20. We will then have a firm to work with us to develop the Master Plan for the facilities for St. Luke’s. Be looking for more information from the Strategic Planning Team very soon.

Thursday, June 14, the Faith Formation Committee, the Liturgy Committee and the Parish Pastoral Council all met in the evening. We were trying to find space for all the meetings. They spoke more about the Recruitment/Welcome Team and the Social Concerns Team. Several Council members volunteered to be on the Recruitment Team. Other parishioners will be contacted for interest in helping on these teams. Discussion and planning for the July 8 Parish Picnic was held. Plans were begun with the Stewardship Committee for the Ministry Fair, August 18-19. They also will be arranging a Pictorial Directory for St. Luke’s. Pictures will be taken by parishioners and put out in simple fashion likely this fall.

Friday, I was at the monthly Marriage Tribunal along with Fr. Steve and Deacon Ross Parker. Afterward, I rode my bike far enough so that I was caught in the beautiful rain on my way back. I did not even mind getting wet!

Sunday afternoon, June 17, I had a chance to attend the Retirement party for Sr. Pat Scherer who worked with refugees for years out of St. Ambrose Cathedral. Thanks Sr. Pat for all your care and compassion for refugees that have come to Des Moines.

Thanks to all who helped with the Vacation Bible School last week at OLIH. It is great to see that young people and volunteers from St. Luke’s take time to let faith in the Lord touch their hearts even in the summer days.

As I look out my window today, I notice that the grass has turned green again. The blessing of the rain has changed our world from brown to green again. Promises of hot weather during the week could mean a return to the brown, but we praise and thank the Lord for His blessings as they come to us. May all of you be blessed in these summer days.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann