Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
RAGBRAI began last Sunday. So did the 100 degree days. I am writing this letter as they make their way on the first day of the week long journey in the heat. May they be safe and careful. No, I am not on the ride this year. I spent my time hiking and mountain climbing with family in Colorado - much cooler!
On Sunday, July 15, I had a chance to give a little retreat for a long standing prayer group. We spent the afternoon using a version of “Lectio Divina” - a very old way of focusing on a scripture reading and taking time to hear God’s word.
On Monday, a long set of friends had a birthday dinner for me. On Tuesday evening, July 17, I was a sub for the K.C. golf outing at Otter Creek. A pretty average day, but I enjoyed it as the evening began to cool.
On Wednesday, I went to a funeral and then to a Birthday Lunch - I have enjoyed celebrating the “Octave” of my birthday! That evening, I was the celebrant at the mass for the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Installation of Officers. It was a nice gathering of all those men in their tuxedos along with their wives as they prayed for the coming year’s leadership.
Later that evening, the Strategic Planning Team met with our Architects. They presented how they would conduct two workshops for St. Luke’s Parishioners and lead them in Programming and Site planning. Programming means coming to understand what facilities will be part of the St. Luke’s master plan. Site planning has to do with where those facilities will be placed.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25, 9:30-11:30 am for the 1st Workshop. All St. Luke’s parishioners are invited to come to be part of this time to put dreams and ideas down on posters. It will be a great time to develop our dreams for our parish future.
We have initially set Saturday, October 6, 9:30-11:30 am for the second workshop concerning the Site. More information about both of these days will be coming. Stop out at the parish site on Weigel. Look around and imagine what could be. Ask the Lord’s Holy Spirit to guide us to His plan for our parish facilities.
Thursday I went to the Blood Drive at OLIH and they were able to get my blood with just one try! That evening, the Finance Council had their regular meeting. We reviewed the current finance report, looked at the budget for this year and talked about how our building fund would be able to cover our architect fees. Quarterly reports will be developed about our financial position with a fiscal yearend report coming out soon.
Friday I had my last Birthday lunch with Fr. Bob Hoefler whose birthday is two days before mine. We have met since the 1980’s for our lunch.
Keep Kate Ledyard’s family in your prayers. Her father, Deacon Dave Wadle, died this last week and his funeral was Monday, July 23, at St. Anthony’s.
May the Lord bless them and all who have lost loved ones. May we be filled with Hope in the promise of Jesus that we all can share in eternal life.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann